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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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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 NEW

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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Edmond, Oklahoma
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

After visiting Yellowstone for 3 days we ventured out to the lake on the recommendation of locals in West Yellowstone where we were staying. It is a short, pretty drive past Lake Hebgen where there is also information on the earthquake & it's impact on the campers & residents of the area. Earthquake Lake is not as pretty. The new... More

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La Canada, California
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93 attraction reviews
252 helpful votes 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

To fully understand the forces and tragedy behind this lake, one must stop at the visitor center on the west end of the lake. They have a short, but extremely informative, film about the earthquake, landslide, and rescue of victims. There is a gift shop there with souvenirs and snacks (all extremely overpriced!). Afterwards, one can take a drive around... More

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