There is a homestead and pieces and parts of abandoned machinery near the banks of the river. One structure is built into a hillside with dirt covering everything except the front entrance and windows. An old well is still open, so watch your step. Previous travelers have thrown lumber across the opening, but those are not permanent covers.
Past the homestead, the road eventually reaches the riverbanks. Cow Island and some smaller islands can be seen in the river. The island is very large. The river flows on both sides of it even though the other fork of the river is hidden by the island and cannot be seen from the road.
Lone Writer spent several hours in the area. The road continues on but is washed out and too narrow for anything wider than an ATV. Hiking the road provides an easy way to step a little deeper into a wilderness experience. For most visitors, the wilderness experience within the river basin accessible by the road will be enough.
For those who would like to get up-close and personal with the river, rafting may be the right choice. A couple of years back, Lone Writer and his friend, Caveman, put a raft in at the Power Plant Ferry location and floated to the Kipp Recreation Area. They had a vehicle parked at the exit point so they could drive back to get the vehicle left at the ferry landing.
There are also tour companies in Fort Benton that provide a river experience. Lone Writer did not make it there to check them out, but several references on the Internet point in that direction.
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Historic markers can be found along Highway 191 at the Kipp Recreation Area.
The road going away from the ferry dock runs along the river then climbs quickly to the le
|Trip Meter ||Latitude ||Longitude ||Notes |
|0.0 ||47 33.5647 ||109 22.4714 ||Leave Winifred on gravel road. |
|2.0 ||47 34.1774 ||109 20.6888 ||Left fork goes to ferry dock. |
|11.3 ||47 41.4007 ||109 20.9918 ||Right fork. |
|16.6/0.0 ||47 44.2860 ||109 23.5681 ||Ferry is on north side with outhouse and ferryboat |
captain's quarters. Reset trip meter.
|20.0 ||47 55.7253 ||109 23.6667 ||Turn right on Cow Island Rd. |
|27.4 ||47 57.6462 ||109 15.8006 ||Stay on Cow Island Rd. Middle fork. |
|40.9/0.0 ||47 58.3473 ||109 1.8113 ||Right fork. Reset trip meter. |
|1.2 ||47 57.9568 ||109 0.5594 ||Left toward Hwy. 376. |
|4.8 ||47 58.3142 ||108 56.5002 ||Right turn after gate. Beware of wire gate: hard to seeuntil you get close. |
|17.1/0 ||47 57.0242 ||108 43.1329 ||Right on paved Hwy. 66. Reset trip meter. |
Go past the intersection for Landusky. Continue south to the first major gravel road going right. Mailboxes are on the corner. This road is between Mile Posts 1 and 2. It is 1.4 miles from the intersection of Hwy. 66 and Hwy. 191 where the historic markers are located.
|0 ||47 48.9830 ||108 38.2304 ||Turn right off Hwy. 66 onto gravel road. |
|2.2 ||47 48.7570 ||108 40.7887 ||Straight on dirt road. |
|11.4/0.0 ||47 46.3040 ||108 50.8270 ||Left on two-track will take you to trailhead for Hideaway |
Coulee. There is one fork in the road that is hard to see.
Location is listed below. Reset trip meter.
|1.0 ||47 45.6246 ||108 50.4084 ||Trailhead into Hideaway Coulee. |
Go back to the dirt road when leaving Hideaway Coulee. The rest of the road is easy. A sign marks the intersection for the Power Plant Trail going left and Bull Creek going right. Both are dead ends.