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Gallatin River, Bozeman

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The Gallatin River is a tributary of the Missouri River, approximately 120 mi (193 km long), in the U.S. states of Wyoming and Montana. It is one of three rivers, along with the Jefferson and Madison, that converge near Three Forks, Montana, to form the Missouri.
It rises in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park, in northwestern Wyoming, in the Gallatin Range of the Rocky Mountains. It flows northwest through Gallatin National Forest, past Big Sky, Montana, and joins the Jefferson and Madison approximately 30 mi (48 km) northwest of Bozeman. U.S. Highway 191 follows the river from the Wyoming border to just outside Bozeman.
The river was named in July 1805 by Meriwether Lewis at Three Forks. The eastern fork of the three, it was named for Albert Gallatin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1801–14. The western fork was named for President Thomas Jefferson and the central fork for Secretary of State James Madison.
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  • Gallatin River is best seen in the Gallatin Canyon on Hwy 191 between Bozeman and Big Sky. The 30 mile stretch has a highway and river running side-by-side the whole way. Mountains and blankets of pin...  more »
  • Stopped by to fish and video lots of folks rafting on the Gallatin! The river runs from Montana to Idaho- gorgeous!!  more »
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  • Gorgeous river, mountains, and meadows. Love this scenic drive!
  • Lots of fun fly fishing. Beautiful area. Totally worth the experience if you are visiting Montana.

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