Mississippi River BasinPhoto Gallery

Headwater Scenes


NWNL has documented many of the headwater tributaries that enter the Missouri River, the largest tributary of the great Mississippi River. These waters make the Missouri what it is. Below is a colorful tribute to this dynamic river formed by the headwaters that gather in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

THERE is only one river with a personality, a sense of humor, and a woman’s caprice; a river that goes traveling sidewise, that interferes in politics, rearranges geography, and dabbles in real estate; a river that plays hide and seek with you today and tomorrow follows you around like a pet dog with a dynamite cracker tied to his tail. That river is the Missouri. — George Fitch, c. 1840

Gallatin River wetlands
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Bozeman flood barrier, Rouse St
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Bozeman creek flooded, Rouse St
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White pelicans, Madison River Basin
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Gallatin River wetlands
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Willow on Madison River, Three Forks
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Madison River along Rt. 287
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Beginning of Missouri River, Three Forks
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Quake Lake, Madison River
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