Looking downstream at Parting of the Waters, exactly on the Continental Divide, Two Ocean Creek splits into Atlantic Creek, left, and Pacific Creek, right. From this split, Two Ocean Creek waters flow either 3488 miles to the Atlantic Ocean via Atlantic Creek and the Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, or 1353 miles to the Pacific Ocean via Pacific Creek and the Snake and Columbia Rivers. One of Ralph Maughan's fine books on the Teton Wilderness Area states that it is only here, at Parting of the Waters, that a fish can literally swim over the Continental Divide. Certainly something to ponder.
We stood right here 8 years ago and marveled that we were standing at one of the headwaters of two mighty rivers: the Columbia and Mississippi. Just above this point, as we walked up Two Ocean Creek, we discovered fresh bear scat and wondered if Mr. Grizzly was looking at his next meal! We quickly retraced our steps and left him to his domain.
I notice that 2 Ocea Creek is North & South it its plunge from the 2 Ocean Platue, & the distributaries start out Noth & South. I can't see the streams from overhead because of the vegitation that always roughly highlights a stream's presence, but it looks like they start out North & South, & Yellowstone Lake & River appear to be West of the split. Guess divides aren't necessarily straight lines.
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Photo taken in Teton County, WY, USA
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