Elevation: 3747 FT
Less than 200 people call this sleepy little community home, but every Labor Day weekend it hosts the "World's Largest Small-Town Parade." At the wild and wooly Great Montana Sheep Drive—Montana's version of the Running of the Bulls—hundreds of sheep take to Reed Point's Main Street. But the sheep are just the headliners. The celebration begins in the morning with a pancake breakfast and includes a street fair, parade, street dance, log-sawing contest, food, and arts & crafts vendors.
Reed Point—once part of the Crow Indian Reservation—is a tiny community of about 185 people located along Interstate 90 on the Yellowstone River with the Beartooth Mountains to the south and the Crazy Mountains to the west. The Yellowstone River and the Indian Fort Fishing Access offer a boat ramp and a campground so you can float, fish and get away from it all. If you’re road-tripping through the region, it’s a great spot for a refreshing swim. Reed Point’s picturesque setting gives those passing through a sense of peace and tranquility.
This little community is the end of the road—or the river, as it were—for the annual Yellowstone Boat Float. Locals boaters and floaters put their rafts in the water in Livingston and float down to Indian Fort in Reed Point where they’re met with a live band, street dance, and food from the famous Waterhole Saloon.
Montana poet Richard Hugo’s poem Driving Montana claims that “even the tuna salad in Reed Point is good.” That’s the thing about this place…there’s always something unexpectedly inspiring around the bend, even in a little place like Reed Point.
Go see Joanne at Bunkhouse Pottery and take home a piece of her exquisite, Montana-made handcrafted pottery. It’s unique, it’s durable, and it the kind of thing that’ll keep your Montana memories with you long after you leave.
Live Like a Local
Mosey on in to the Waterhole Saloon, which still looks a lot like it did back in the day when cowboys, outlaws and fur trappers were holding down the barstools. The walls are filled with trivia, and make sure you look up at the ceiling—it’s wallpapered in license plates. You’ll find a nice selection of curated whiskey and local Montana craft beer.