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Earthquake Lake

Address: West Yellowstone, MT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
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Bozeman, Montana, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Only open in summer, but the Visitor Center is full of amazing information about the creation of this lake and earthquakes in general.

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Eden, Utah
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77 reviews 77 reviews
34 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

I have traveled to Yellowstone literally hundreds of times having a cabin nearby as well as numerous family fishing/hiking trips. I remember the earthquake well, visiting the hard hit Madison Canyon soon after, and many times since. At first, the canyon was quiet - eerily so. Fresh scars, roads going into lakes, cabins that slid into the Hebgan and "the... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I was driving past this place on my way from Yellowstone NP to north Montana and wish I had more time to enjoy it. Thankfully the drive afforded some spectacular views and the story behind this place is fascinating. There are lost of useful places to stop en route. The tops of the trees in the water at certain points... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
58 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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