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Two Ocean Creek

Two Ocean Pass, Parting of the Ways (mountainsofstone.com)

There’s an interesting little phenomenon that takes place up in the beautiful Teton Wilderness in northwest Wyoming. Actually, what makes this Wonder so unique occurs thousands of miles away, but it all “starts” right here at Two Ocean Creek. I suppose there are thousands of creeks across North America that hit a fork, and split off into two flowing waterways. But this particular creek along the Continental Divide hits a rock and splits off, the two creeks never re-connect, and end up flowing into two different oceans. It was mountain man Osborne Russell who discovered and described it back in 1835. Two Ocean Creek is the only one in the Continental United States that breaks and ends up in two different oceans.

Here at Two Ocean Creek, where the rock and the split comes into play, one creek heads west, the other meanders off to the east. That’s Atlantic Creek that goes east. Its waters connect with the Yellowstone River, then the Missouri River, and the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries, and flows all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a journey of 3,488 miles. Pacific Creek parts at Two Ocean Creek and flows west. It meets up with the Snake River, then the Columbia River and flows into the Pacific Ocean. It’s a total of 1,353 miles from Two Ocean Creek to the Pacific Ocean.

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