Gallatin River Forever

We love rivers and especially the Gallatin

The Gallatin River Forever Campaign is all about doing the tangible things that must be done NOW to preserve the river we love. There is A LOT to be done, and much of it is URGENT. You can make a difference.

Alan Johnson

Gallatin River Resident, Born and Raised

Gallatin River Forever is a campaign to monitor, repair, and improve the Gallatin River and its tributaries to ensure the long-term health of the watershed. Below is a brief description of the four campaign initiatives.

River Restoration and Improved Access

The Upper Gallatin River is a world-class place, loved by all who value outdoor experiences. Where it flows through the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the river is also easily accessed. That combination has brought about increased use, which threatens the river’s health by eroding streambanks and trampling streamside vegetation. The Gallatin River Task Force has put together an ambitious plan to improve public access with the goal of repairing those damaged locations. Our first project is at Moose Creek Flat Recreational Area, followed by three other locations: Deer Creek, Baetis Alley, and Porcupine. Together, these projects will keep the Gallatin pristine for future generations to enjoy. 


Gallatin River Task Force volunteers and partners worked together to restore streamside habitat at the popular Moose Creek Flat river access site.

Watershed Monitoring

A volunteer measures dissolved oxygen levels at the Big Horn site located near the headwaters of the Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park.

Watershed monitoring helps us to understand the future of the Gallatin River in a changing world. Since 2000, the Gallatin River Task Force has built an invaluable record of water quality and habitat data for the Gallatin River and its tributaries. When fully funded, the Task Force will be able to increase the scope and intensity of its watershed monitoring program to evaluate the impacts of climate change and increased demands on water resources. 

Organizational Sustainability

As the only non-profit committed to ensuring the long-term health of the Upper Gallatin, our sustainability is vital to our community. We are grateful to receive consistent annual support from the Big Sky Resort Tax and other sources to help our organization; however, these funds are not guaranteed. Furthermore, as our community has grown, so has the need to protect our local waters. In planning for our future, our sustainability will require funding outside of, and in addition to, our traditional sources. For this reason, we have identified the need for a full-time development staff member to help us fund future projects that will keep us true to our mission of a healthy Gallatin River for future generations.

Dedicated staff, board members, Friends of the Gallatin members, and volunteers work towards a common goal of ensuring a healthy Gallatin River for future generations.

Education and Outreach

Our youth are tomorrow’s leaders. A child who is excited to go fly fishing; be a water scientist; or who simply enjoys splashing, playing, and swimming in the cold, clean waters of the Gallatin River will cherish those experiences for a lifetime.

The Gallatin River needs an engaged community to protect it, now and forever. Our education and outreach activities elevate the importance of the river in our community, identify individual actions that positively and negatively impact the river, and build river stewardship to ensure the long-term health of the watershed. Through the capital campaign, we will be able to expand youth hands-on programming and adult continuing education opportunities to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. 


Lead Donors

An unspoiled river is a very rare thing in this Nation today. Their flow and vitality have been harnessed by dams and too often they have been turned into open sewers by communities and by industries. It makes us all very fearful that all rivers will go this way unless somebody acts now to try to balance our river development.

President Lyndon B. Johnson

Remarks on signing the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

Adam & Kate Clammer, Alan & Becky Johnshon, Albert Lockwood, Anne Hall, ANONYMOUS, Anonymous, Arthur M. Blank Foundation, Aspen Property Management, B Hill, Big Sky Rotary, Bill & Phylis Breeden, Bill Bruner, Bill Collins & Family, Bill Morton, Bill Simkins, Braden Hopkins, Brian Kavoogian, Brian Klein, Brian Patrican, Bryan Sparkes, Byron Deeter, Carolyn & Scott Heppel, Carrie Morgridge, Christopher E. Spence, Christopher Hall, Collie Daily, Curtis Oberg, Curtis Wilson, D. Jeffrey Kelly, Dan Gibbons, David & Nina Fialkow, David Arnholt, Debbie Crowther, Douglas Shufelt, Drew McKnight, Ed Benz, Ellis & Eve Short, Emily & Joe Berry, Eric & Wendy Schmidt, Eric Cressy, Ernest Parizeau, Eva & Duncan Patten, Evelyn Lance, Gallatin County Resource Advisory Committee, Geiger Family & The B&B Foundation, Geyser Whitewater, Hans Brigram, Harry Brakeley, Herbert & Anne Lewis, James Hagar, Jamie & Kristen Browne, Jason Cummins, Jay & Kelly Jacobs, Jeffrey Kelter, JeNelle Johnson & Fred Orgas, Jennie Friend, Jennifer & Erich C. Buddenhagen, Jeremiah Daly, Joelyn Kaster, Johan Eveland, John & Stephanie Ingram, John Calnan, John Lashar, John Thompson, Joseph Zink, Kevin & Ursula Corgan, Lauren Pressman Greenfield, Lily & George Geiser, Lisa Zelson, Lone Mountain Ranch, Madison County, Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited Chapter, Marilyn Hill, Marjorie & Matthew Dwyer Family, Mark & Denise Nunnelly-Dupre, Mark Engle, Mark Maruszewski, Mark Pinkerton, Martha Crocker, Matt Daniels, Matthew Crawford, Matthew Kidd, Melissa McKeithen, Meredith Christenson, Michael & Anne Hall, Michael Dunn, Michael Jacquard, Michael Piper, Michael Richter, Michael Roberge, Michael Tyrrell, Mike & Andrea Scholz, Mike & Sue Arneson, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Moonlight Community Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Bary Bergman, Mr. Daniel Allen & Ms. Stacie Allen, Mr. Ian R. Sacks & Mrs. Wendy E. Sacks, Nancy Hagen, Neil Kochenaur, Patagonia, Patrician Gordon, Paul & Jacqueline McCoy, Paul Ferri, Paul Gannon & Family, Peter & Cathy Spano, Peter Bos, Peter Johnson, Philip Hoffman, Quint & Cicely Drennan, Renae & Steve Schumacher, Rich & Lori Addicks, Rich Chandler, Rick & Michelle Donaldson, RL Jones, Robert & Diana Carter, Robert Dreier, Robert Greenhill, Robert Sauerberg, Rocchio Family Foundation, Ron & Sheryl Bowlin, Ron Edwards, Roy Franks, Ryan Newcomb, Sam Byrne & Family, Sam Kliger, Scott Hamburg, Scott Hamburg, Sean & Beth Lang, Shannon & Sheryl Odom, Sharon & Carl Warren, Shirley Schwartz, SIMMS Fishing, Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, Steven Purpura, Stuart & Mindy Goldberg, Ted & Erica Pappendick, The Bramley Family, The Emerson Family, The Hagge Family, The Knight Foundation, The Kuzminkas Family, The Ladd Family, The Lang Family, Thomas & Julie Frist, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Wagner, Tim & Allison Coleman, Tim & Debby McKenna, Timothy Colton, Trails End Foundation, Trux & Durban Emerson, Turner Foundation, United States Forest Service, Walter & Nancy Schroth, William Johnson, Yellowstone Club, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation

You can ensure a healthy Gallatin River for future generations.

This sign, which stood at the junction of Highway 191 and 64 during the early 20th century, reads, “A forest guide lives on top of the mountain to watch for fires. Will you help him?” Like the forest guide, we watch for “fires” that threaten the health of our river today.

Will you join us?

The Gallatin River Task Force is a 501c3 Charitable Nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible and our Tax ID# is 74-3127146.