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Address: 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
Phone Number: 4066827620
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Description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.

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Nice side trip

This is a must see if you are near Yellowstone. An earthquake formed the lake when tons of rock and trees were demolished.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Tehachapi, California
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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Informative and well put together center depicting the events of the big 1958 earthquake that drastically changed the Yellowstone landscape. Free center which includes a short video. Beautiful drive along the river through the valley.

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Tehachapi, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you are near Yellowstone. An earthquake formed the lake when tons of rock and trees were demolished.

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

What an amazing geological even took place in 1959. A river blocked by a landslide caused by a huge earthquake. Deaths were not as many as there could have been. Roads lost, swallowed up by the earth and Yellowstone Park's geothermal sites changed forever from what we understand. Worth seeing and going in to the Visitor Center.

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Hueytown, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

the history of what happen here is unbelievable. Sad that so many lost their lives. Worth the time and effort to see all the points of interest concerning this event

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I have also visited Earthquake Lake in 1963 and 1989. This year, it was again a surreal reminder of the power of God. The forces of nature. The visible effects of the strongest earthquake in the Rocky mountains has made this area both a transformed scenic location and a lesson in geology.. It is worth the 27-mile drive from West... More 

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Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing little lake if you are interested in fishing. We had a great day on the lake (in a fishing boat) and caught both Rainbows and Browns. The highlight of the day was observing two baby eagles high in a nest perched in a tree trunk, still in the water. Gorgeous views all around.

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Amherst, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Earthquake Lake was created in 1956 by an earthquake and earthslide that blocked the river to create the lake. It was a night-of-terror for some campers in the area. Very interesting history.. There is a visitor center and auto stops to tell the story.

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Puyallup, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is an interesting piece of history that neither my husband or I had ever heard of. The visitor's center is very nice and informative with a beautiful viewing area that gives you a panoramic view of the lake and the slide. This is a wonderful example of what mother nature can do in the blink of an eye. We... More 

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Vermont
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is definitely worth a stop on your way to or from West Yellowstone. Be sure to stop in at the visitor center and watch the documentary-- It's well worth it.

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Severn, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The visitor center offers a good video talking and illustrating the '59 quake that caused the lake to be created. It also has a nice gift shop and very knowledgeable rangers if you should have any questions. Following your stop at the visitor center you can drive along route 287 and stop at any of the historic markers, if you're... More 

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Address: 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
Phone Number: 4066827620
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  West Yellowstone

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