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Earthquake Lake

West Yellowstone, MT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water
Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even with the visitor center closed, all the signs explain everything you need to know about what happened in the "night of horror". This is not "just a lake with some dead trees", this is a piece of history you should definitely see when visiting Yellowstone!

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Madison, WI
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Beautifully designed display panels explain personalized stories. The large visitor center however was closed (during off season).

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The lake was not the most scenic, but the sad story of the lake was intriguing. It reminds us that the earth is alive, and no matter how serene a place may appear, it can change in an instant.

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spruce grove
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91 reviews 91 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Stopped at the Visitor Centre and learned about the history of the Earthquake that had occurred many years ago. Tree tops still visible in the lake are amazing. It was raining when we were there...would have liked to explore further!

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Placerville, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The whole lake was tipped 6 feet. One side lost their lakefront and the other side lost their homes. Worst yet, many people lost their lives. The visitor center has a great view and tells the story.

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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Staying a couple nights in W Yellowstone, we took a chance on a 'fine dining' restaurant 20 miles away from town, and what a find (Lake Lookout Bar/Grill, reviewed separately). The drive there was just spectacular, even after 2 days in Yellowstone Park. This is Montana.....big sky country, and the drive along the gorgeous Hebgen Lake was incredible. We 'd... More

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
55 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Worth the stop..sad that so many lots their lives ...lots of info at the visitor Centre..stop and learn a little history along the way.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Some rangers at Yellowstone suggested that we take the drive to Earthquake Lake. I'm glad we took the time. To most of us, earthquakes mean broken windows or things falling off of shelves, not a mountain falling down. In 1959, a large earthquake triggered a huge landslide and killed several campers. You can still clearly see all of the damage... More

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Chisholm, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

was sad but very enlightening...most earthquakes happen somewhere else in the world...this place brought it home.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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338 reviews 338 reviews
262 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Earthquake lake was formed on August 17, 1959 when a massive earthquake hit the area. Half of a mountainside collapsed and blocked the Madison River. The majority of the campers there that night survived, but there is a memorial at the visitor's center dedicated to those who did not. There are many pullouts along the lake with interpretive signs explaining... More

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