On July 25th, 1805, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived at the headwaters of the Missouri with their guide Sacajawea, making them the first white men to enter the confluence region. The three rivers were then named west to east for President Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State James Madison, and Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin. In 1882, a group of Englishmen settled the area and platted the town, officially giving it the name Three Forks.
The town is located 31 miles northwest of Bozeman and had a population of 1,944 in 2016. Just 4 miles south of the Missouri Headwaters, Three Forks boasts world-class fly-fishing, easy access to hiking and hunting, and proximity to the Lewis and Clark Caverns, Buffalo Jump State Park, and the Headwater Public Golf Course.