Youngs Creek and Tongue River Reservoir

Decker, Montana

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The Tongue River country of Montana is a beautiful blend of rolling plains, tree-lined streams, sandstone outcroppings, and ponderosa pine clad foothills and mountains. The area is rich in coal deposits and coal mines interrupt the lines of this landscape, but the birding is nevertheless quite good. General Information: The name of the Tongue River has a few possible origins from Native Americans. One theory on the origin of the name holds that the meandering of this river was crooked like a white man’s tongue. Another derivation centers around a tongue-shaped formation of trees and rocks on a hillside at the headwaters of the Little Tongue and Tongue Rivers. But still another account is that the Indians called it “talking river,” and the whites translated this as Tongue River. Regardless, it is a beautifully long, meandering river that flows north from the Bighorn Mountains and empties into the Yellowstone River at Miles City. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
Birding Montana

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Birding Montana

by Terry McEneaney (Falcon Guides)

The Tongue River country of Montana is a beautiful blend of rolling plains, tree-lined streams, sandstone outcroppings, and ponderosa pine clad foothills and mountains. The area is rich in coal deposits and coal mines interrupt the lines of this landscape, but the birding is nevertheless quite good. General Information: The name of the Tongue River has a few possible origins from Native Americans. One theory on the origin of the name holds that the meandering of this river was crooked like a white man’s tongue.

Another derivation centers around a tongue-shaped formation of trees and rocks on a hillside at the headwaters of the Little Tongue and Tongue Rivers. But still another account is that the Indians called it “talking river,” and the whites translated this as Tongue River. Regardless, it is a beautifully long, meandering river that flows north from the Bighorn Mountains and empties into the Yellowstone River at Miles City. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Decker
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Best Times: Best late spring, summer; May, June
Local Contacts: Tongue River Reservoir State Park
Local Maps: Montana Highway Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Youngs Creek and Tongue River Reservoir

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Apr 2018