January 23, 2018

Stoney's Kwik Stop and the Cow at Clearwater Junction, Montana

“The Cow”, as I have called it my entire life, is a tall landmark located at the junction of Montana 83 and Montana 200.

The cow stands about 14 feet tall and is mostly valued for its ease of directions. The quickest way of getting from Helena to Kalispell, Montana, is to drive MT 83 and MT 200, with a turn either direction “at the cow.”

This cow is located not far from Seeley Lake, MT, on your way to either the Ovando area or the Missoula area. The junction is technically called Clearwater Junction. Or, the Cow. Whichever you prefer.

I think my siblings and I must have asked our parents thousands of times throughout the years: “How far until the cow!?”

Apparently somewhere around 10,000 vehicles drive by this junction each day! You might not pay attention to the cow, but rumor has it that when the owner has removed the cow for temporary use in a parade, that people have gotten lost, extremely confused by the missing cow.

This cow is located at Stoney’s Kwik Stop, which is really just a local Montana gas station. You can find a small selection of food inside, including corn dogs and sandwiches.

When I was growing up, we had to use the restrooms in the back of Stoney’s Kwik Stop, but now the state has put in a very lovely rest area right across the road where there is a nice lawn and picnic areas available for a break. The other wonderful thing about this rest stop is the fact that they provide soap! A lot of areas in Montana only provide hand sanitizer, which is never enough for an ultra clean person like myself.

Be sure to stop and grab a photo at the cow landmark at Stoney’s Kwik Stop on your way through! The cow has been there over 40 years, and should be there for many more to come.

Warm Wishes from Big Sky Country,

Alex M. Neill

Montana Vacation Blog

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