Giant Springs State Park and Missouri River
Giant Springs State Park is one of the largest freshwater springs in the Cascade county. It was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. The spring flows at a rate of 156 million gallons of clear water from the Madison Aquifer every day. The water temperature is constant at 54 degrees all year round. In winter, water vapor from the springs soaks the trees in the park which forms a beautiful icy trees.
The park is the most visited State Park in Montana with more than 300,000 visitors per year. It includes land on both North and South shores of the Missouri River with over 20 miles of scenic bike or hiking trail. The park encompasses one of the 4 waterfalls called the Great Falls.
Giant Springs State Park is the only state park with fish hatchery which uses water from the springs. The hatchery includes monster trout which can be viewed and fed in the show pond. The park can be used for many recreational activities including fishing, hunting, biking, bird watching or relaxing under the trees. The Roe River runs from the Giant Springs to the Missouri River, and it is one of the shortest river in the world with only 61 meters in length. The park also gives an opportunity to hunt animals including waterfowls, birds, and deer.
How to get to the park?
From Helena, drive up north using Interstate-15 for about 95 miles. It will only take about one hour and 40 minutes to drive. From Billings, drive up MT-3 north. This route is 219 miles long and will take about 3 hours and 42 minutes to drive. The park is located about 5 miles from downtown Great Falls.
Below are the rest of the images taken from the park which includes scenery of the Missouri River, the springs, park trees, park trails, and wildlife.
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