Beautifully situated on the water of southwest Montana, one may stumble upon the Snake River Confluence, the intersection between the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The Snake River Confluence is a High Potential Historic Site on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, meaning it is deemed to have high importance in ordinance with the National Park Service, due to its heritage significance. To further explain this significance, while on their journey, Lewis and Clark found the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. They were met by the Yakama and Wanapams tribes where they exchange stories, ate together, and were given a place to shelter. Lewis and Clark noted the large abundance of salmon in the river, stating that there were “10,000 drying on racks in one village alone“. This interaction between the explorers and tribes provides a great lesson of the importance of mutual respect, and how far that can go.
The site now has multiple designated campsites within the Sacajawea State Park and can be used for both day and evening recreation. Having an idyllic picnic with your loved ones while discussing the significance of the land and its meaning would make for a great mid-afternoon stop. Camping out for the night and gazing up at the stars would also make for an excellent outing for all. Fishing is seasonally available depending on fish populations, but it is great when possible. To find out more about The Snake River Confluence, you can contact the NPS.