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“Great Falls Great Stopover to Glacier National Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Giant Springs State Park and Fish Hatchery

Giant Springs State Park and Fish Hatchery
4600 Giant Springs Rd, Great Falls, MT
+1 406-727-1212
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Ranked #3 of 43 things to do in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: See. Do. Explore. The possibilities at Giant Springs are limitless- there is so much to see & do with over 4500 acres of front & backcountry & 20 miles of trail. Most people come for the beautiful springs (first described by Lewis and Clark in 1805), BUT there is so much more to do! Giant Springs offers opportunities for Biking, Hiking, Picnicking, Fishing, Hunting, Boating, Bird/wildlife watching, Photography. There is also much to see: The Springs, River Overlooks, the Fish Hatchery, The Falls and More! Visit the ranger station for guided tours/walks, children's activities, summer programming or for questions.
Denver, Colorado
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“Great Falls Great Stopover to Glacier National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Stopped at Great Falls for the night prior to going to Glacier. Because Glacier was a short trip we spent the next 1/2 day in Great Falls and glad we did. This little state park is a gem. Took pictures from all sides of the springs. Very handicap accessable with a paved walkway all the way around the springs that bubble up constantly and are crystal clear and flow into the Missouri river. Also on the same site is a fish hatchery. Two men were inside working and they were kind enough to let us in to watch them work and see the fish. Also on the same road is the Lewis and Clark Information Center. Great informaton and museum of the Lewis and Clak expedition. Allow several hours to visit and see all 3 sites. Weel worth the time. The state park had a $5 visitor fee for anyone out of state.

Visited September 2012
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Helena, Montana
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“Amazing springs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Located along the Missouri River along the edge of Great Falls, Montana, this small park offers a look at one of the world's largest springs. The spring area is the size of a large swimming pool and is quite deep. The water continually surges up and out, flowing into the Missouri, quite a sight to see. You can walk all the way around the springs on walkways, or sit on benches and contemplate this amazing sight. The water comes from the Little Belt mountains, about 50 miles away, and it actually takes the water several decades to travel underground (along rock formations) from the mountains to the springs. The water remains at 54 year round. A true natural wonder.

The park itself feels much like a city park, with many families strolling and picnicking and with various monuments and visitor facilities. Not exactly a place for solitude or wildness; but the springs themselves are worth a visit. There's also a fish hatchery.

You can also walk from the park along the river on a flat, paved promenade that's great for quiet strolling.

Visited September 2012
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“I just wanted to jump in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

What an amazing spot. I loved the spring and the story that it is the shortest river in the world (River Roe). The water was crystal clear and we sat on the benches and enjoyed the birds and sound of trickling water. I just wanted to jump in and have a swim

Visited September 2012
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Helena, Montana
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“This is Great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

There are thousands of gallons of water coming out of this spring every minute. It flows into the shortest river in the river. Just fun to see and they have a great fish hatchery nearby for your enjoyment. Great place to go and have a picnic here along the Missouri River.

Visited June 2012
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Billings, Montana
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“Good place for a stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We enjoyed a nice picnic at Giant Springs State Park. There are several picnic tables on the grassy hill above the spring and there are lots of trees to keep things shady and cool. There are great paths for a short walk and a trail all around the springs so you can get a great view of the springs.

The water coming out of the springs is crystal clear and runs a short distance to the Missouri River. The fish hatchery is a great place for the kids to see some very big fish. We really enjoyed our stop at the park.

Visited August 2012
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