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Giant Springs Heritage State Park and Fish Hatchery

4600 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT
406/454-3441
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Owner description: Discovered by Lewis and Clark, visitors come to marvel at one of the largest fresh water springs in the world, producing 338 millions of gallons of... more » Owner description: Discovered by Lewis and Clark, visitors come to marvel at one of the largest fresh water springs in the world, producing 338 millions of gallons of water per day, and to visit the adjoining fish hatchery that raises roughly 1.3 million fish annually that are distributed to lakes and reservoirs in the area. « less
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Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Every time we visit there, twice now, it gets better and better. The shortest river, and the springs, plus the river are beautiful. this time we went in the fish hatchery and learned how fish are hatched and grown for release. My grandchildren really enjoyed it too.

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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The fish hatchery was closed when we got there, but we did walk around the outside of it. Looked interesting. The park was small. Should have been a free park instead of a $5 parking fee.

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Stuart,Fl
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Made a quick stop here on our way through town. Nicely maintained and not very crowded. It would be a nice place for a picnic lunch or a rest break during your travels. There are some interesting facts about the springs and the fish hatchery.

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Great Falls, MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a must visit when in Great Falls. Giant Spring was first discovered by Lewis & Clark in 1805 and is one of the largest fresh water springs in the United States. It is also home to the world's shortest river. The trout hatchery inside it nice to visit when open. There is a $5 non-resident fee for parking.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The giant springs feed the shortest river in the world which flows into the longest river in N. America. It was a lovely park with a fish hatchery co-located on the site.

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Hyrum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Didn't even know it was there--sent by people from Lewis and Clark Center, beautiful to see natural spring coming forth and flowing into Missouri River--shortest river in world. Nice place to picnic--hatchery was closed for night, but enjoyed walking along spring and river.

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Tampa, FL
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My wife and I and our two sons visited this park when we were walking the river trail. Had not heard of it before this but it is well work a visit. The amount of water flowing out of the springs is amazing.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We spent the afternoon fishing off of the shore and ended up with 5 trout. It was a good time. The kids played in the playground, fed the fish (bring nickels), and checked out the spring fed pond and shortest river (Roe River). The colors of the underwater plants were amazing.

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Red Deer, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This place is absolutely stunning! We really enjoyed seeing the springs and the crystal clear waters. The fish hatchery next to the springs was also an interesting place to visit. The kids even enjoyed it and got to feed some fish. Great place for a picnic.

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richland, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The front desk person recommended this wonderful park to spend the afternoon. It is truly a wonder, very serene and magical. The springs are gorgeous and the falls are lovely. A wonderful place along the Missouri River.

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