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“Visitors center has been under renovation (closed) for years” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Earthquake Lake

Earthquake Lake
West Yellowstone, MT
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Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
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Owner description: Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.
Clancy, Montana
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“Visitors center has been under renovation (closed) for years”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

They have been working at finishing the center for year. It is a government project so perhaps it is job security to not work too fast, however it looks just like it did 3 years ago when we came thru.

Visited August 2013
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Farmington Ut
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“Amazing and sad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is something to see and learn about how the earthquake made such an impact on so many lives and the landscape around it.

Visited August 2013
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Crystal City, Missouri
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“Power of nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Visitors center was not open on our visit. It really is very sobering to see. Would go back later to see the visitors center.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, OR
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“Visitor center closed, still worth stopping by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Earthquake Lake is a lake that formed after a huge landslide caused by an earthquake filled the valley of the Madison River and backed up the water. There are many turn-offs with plaques recalling what happened along US-287 skirting the lake's edge, also proving a close view of the many submerged trees still surrounding the previous river bed. At the landslide site there are several viewpoints and a memorial for those that perished that night. The sheer volume of the landslide debris is gigantic, with several huge boulders that were were transported high above the river on the opposite side of the slide. The viewpoints in the slide area provide further vistas to the lake and down the river valley below the slide. When we visited the visitor center was closed. Still, worth stopping if you drive by or are in the area.

Visited May 2013
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RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO, USA
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“EARTHQUAKE LAKE Then and Now”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My Dad brought me to YELLOWSTONE National Park in 1959-- just a few weeks after the earthquake that created Earthquake Lake. We came to West Yellowstone after going to Earthquake Lake. We saw all the trees all thick and green and yes, still alive. The two-lane highway went straight into the water. We drove on that highway right up to where it entered the new lake. We had no idea how big the lake actually was due to all the dirt that blocked so much of everything around the area. We were told at resturant in West YELLOWSTONE that their stone fireplace had fallen down and the big clock at Old Faithful Inn had crashed into the floor. The lake was very spooky.
I returned to Earthquake Lake in July of 2013. The trees now are all dead, the actual Lake is huge, but it is just as quiet and spooky as it was in 1959.
If possible---go see the Lake. If it made that much of an impression on an eight-year old so long ago--and has almost the same impression today---it is truly worth seeing.

Visited July 2013
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