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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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Mendham, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Loved the whole story of the earthquake tragedy, but the fishing was not very good. The sight as well as the whole Yellowstone super volcano story is worth the trip to see the sight.

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West Valley City, Utah
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

While on our way from Utah to Butte Montana, on our recent trip to Glacier National Park, we stopped off at the “Quake Lake” earthquake memorial near West Yellowstone, Montana. I remember hearing about the 1959 quake as a small child, and reading books about it. My Mom & Dad took us to the memorial in 1963, and I have... More

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Well worth spending a couple of hours at the visitor center and then the Memorial rock, Drive down to the spillway for a quick view. Also, make sure you get to the standing dead trees in the lake you might see some golden eagles. Don't forget to go up the street to Hebgen Lake and see what happened to the... More

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Ogden, Utah
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I am a survivor of the 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake. We were the Painter family of five. We were camped in the Rock Creek Campground which was partially buried, when a three quarter of mile wide section of the mountain broke loose from the earthquake. This sent rocks, boulders, dirt and trees down at 100 miles an hour into the... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We've been to the visitors center a few times now. There's nothing like this anywhere. The lake was created by an earth quake that shook the mountain side which collapsed into the canyon. It killed a lot of people and is something a bit eerie. You'll see dead pine trees standing like monuments in the lake. You'll leave feeling a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It's a lovely drive, arriving at the site of a major 7.5 earthquake in 1959, creating Hebgen Lake, as the river was immediately dammed up by a massive rockfall into the canyon. Sadly, a number of people lost their lives. The visitor center at the site of the fall has just recently reopened, after being closed for refurbishment since mid-2012.... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

While staying in West Yellowstone, we took a break from Yellowstone for this day trip to Quake Lake. The short drive from West Yellowstone was beautiful, and the visitor's center, recently remodeled, is full of fascinating exhibits and photos. If you are interested in the geology of the region, you will enjoy this location.

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Bear River City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have been here numerous times, Each time I learn something new from the visitors center. It kind of gives and eerie feeling knowing that so many lost lives, there. I was kind of lost not being able to find the road that took you to the houses that had flooded due to the quake, but maybe that had deteriorated... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We took the route to West Yellowstone that took us through Earthquake lake area. It was good to see it and we stopped at a couple of the turnouts. We did not stop at the museum. We liked the scenery but the story is a sad one.

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Billings, Montana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Very scenic and informative. Nice walking paths. Easy for the kids to get around. You need to see this place and learn of the tragedy that took place back in 1959.

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