Youngs Creek and Tongue River Reservoir

Decker, Montana 59025

Youngs Creek and Tongue River Reservoir

Youngs Creek and Tongue River Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
1 to 2 days
Best late spring, summer; May, June
Best Times
Tongue River Reservoir State Park
Local Contacts
Montana Highway Map
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018