By Rick Graetz
The University of Montana 

Montana east of the mountains

A celebration of an uncommon landscape


November 18, 2022

Rick & Susie Graetz

Yellowstone River near Elk Island



With the exception of some stretches of the Yellowstone, most of the rivers of the high plains are mellow - no whitewater excitement, just serenity, solitude, beauty and a sense of the past. The water moves at an easy pace past islands, sandbars and groves of cottonwoods interspersed with a carpet of grasses and other riparian vegetation providing a home to river wildlife. The landscape along the rivers has changed little with time. A modern day floater can imagine sharing the same place with nineteenth-century trappers and explorers.

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