Crimson Bluffs Chapter
of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Lewis journal, July 24, 1805

"Set out at sunrise, the current very strong; passed a remarkable bluff of a crimson coloured earth on Starboard intermixed with stratas
of black and brick red slate......"


The Crimson Bluffs are located a short boat trip from Townsend, Montana.  Or a short walk off River Road.  While in Townsend, stop at the Forest Service Bldg. at 415 S. Front Street to ask for directions.

On July 28, 2001, efforts spearheaded by Crimson Bluffs Chaper member John Stoner culminated in a commemoration ceremony officially re-naming the previously known “Deep Dale Fishing Access” to the “Yorks Islands Fishing Access” (on US Highway 287, 4 miles south of Townsend). [more]  Weekend visitors can camp at many locations along Canyon Ferry Reservoir and the Missouri River.

The Crimson Bluffs Chapter meets the First Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm at the Forest Service building, 415 South Front Street in Townsend.  Please check our events page for special upcoming events planned!  We have lots of special guests and interesting activities planned for the upcoming year! Check often— updates are being added monthly.

For more information about the Corps of Discovery’s journey along the last reaches of  the Missouri River, please contact our office:

Crimson Bluffs Chapter
Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
415 S. Front Street
Townsend, MT  59644
(406) 266-3425

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e-mail Rose Oleson

Crimson Bluffs Chapter