Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday Photo: Boating on Lake Wilder

Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives, PAc 2006-26.31
The folks in today's photo by Ralph E. DeCamp are paddling around Lake Wilder in Jefferson County. Lake Wilder no longer exists, but with sunshine in the forecast, there are plenty of other lakes to choose from. Have a wonderful weekend.

P.S. It would be a good weekend for this, too.


  1. Hi Ms. Baumler,

    Where was Lake Wilder. I am a Jefferson County Geography nerd and have never heard of it. I'm assuming if it no longer exists, it was a waterbody created by a dam. The Cottonwoods in the picture make me guess Jefferson River?

    1. According to the caption, it is in Jefferson County and no longer exists. Beyond that, I am clueless. You might contact the Heritage Museum in Clancy. They are knowledgeable about the area. Sorry I can't help!

  2. Ok I dug around.

    On an 1897 Rand McNally map of the Railroads of Montana, Lake Wilder is just South of Bernice. There is actually still a Wilder Gulch, that drains into Bison Creek from the west. If you look at the aerial imagery you can still kind of see the flat meadow that was flooded by the damming of Bison Creek.


  3. That map is available through the Montana Memory Project, if anyone else is interested.