Confluence of the Madison and Jefferson

October 04, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Judy A Mosby
Summary authors & editors: Judy A Mosby

The photo above was taken at the headwaters of one of North America’s greatest rivers, the mighty Missouri. Near the town of Three Forks, Montana, the confluence of the Madison River (on the left) and the Jefferson (on the right) initiate the flow of the Missouri River. From the Wedding of the Waters (arrow above), the Missouri will eventually reach the Mississippi River and finally the Gulf of Mexico. About 1 mile (1.6 km) downstream, the Gallatin River also joins the Missouri, hence the name "Three Forks." The Missouri River is 2,341 miles long (3,746 km) from here to its confluence with the Mississippi. Photo taken on May 26, 2004.

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