"Lewis and Clark missed it, but you can see it" Giant Springs Heritage State Park by fred98115

Giant Springs a Natural Wonder

Downstream from Great Falls and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is the Giant Springs State park with two unusual geological features: Roe River and the Giant Springs. The springs discharge 156 million gallons of water daily into the Missouri River. Lewis walked on the other side of the river when looking for a portage route around the Great Falls and missed these springs. Surrounded by trees and with green plants in the water, these are truly photogenic. Walk around the Springs and use the full range of your zoom lens. Note, access is free with a Montana license plate but costs a few dollars if not. This park is worth every penny for the photobug.

Roe River, Shortest in the World?

Giant Springs water flows either directly into the Missouri or indirectly via the Roe River. There is a story here. An Oregon Coastal town claimed the "D" River as the shortest, a fact which the Guiness Book of Records accepted. Along comes Roe River supporters who claimed that there river was shorter. Not so fast said the "D"-ers, who remeasured their river as 120 feet in length from origin to the high tide high water mark. Guiness threw up their hands and stoutly refused to award the title to anyone. I've seen both and, as a photobug, both are photogenic in their own way.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Photogenic, cool when it is hot, rapturious
  • Cons:None, really, there are none
  • In a nutshell:The coolest thing to see in the Great Falls area
  • Last visit to Giant Springs Heritage State Park: Jun 2012
  • Intro Written Sep 14, 2012
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