The Willow Creek Watershed in the eastern Tobacco Root Mountains is an outdoor laboratory for teaching, research, and applied investigations.
The setting is the centerpiece of the Department of Geological Sciences’ field environmental programs in Montana, and provides a framework for cooperation and benefit among students, university researchers, county, state and federal agencies, and local ranchers. The towns of Pony and Harrison are located within the watershed in Madison County, Montana. This drainage basin was chosen because of:
Daily stream flow reports are only available during the "water year," April 1 to October 1. The sensors are removed from the stream gauges during winter to prevent freezing.
Key elements of the Demonstration Watershed include:
Benefits to the local community, the State of Montana, and the University and Field Station community include: