While in Great Falls with Glenn and Glenda we visited the Giant Springs State Park.
I have lived in Montana for nearly 25 years and I didn't know that this wonderful treasure existed! It is the most beautiful state park I have seen in Montana.
|The entrance to the state park. It is a part of the Lewis and Clark Trail.|
|Water seeps into the ground South East of Great Falls in the Little Belt Mountains. |
The water travels through limestone formations toward Giant Springs.
In the Springs area, the formation is 400' below the surface
|Pressure caused by overlying rock layers force the water to escape upward. |
It takes less than 50 years for water to flow from the Little Belt Mountains to the Giant Springs Area.
|This creates the shortest river in the country. |
The "Roe" River. It is 201' long and flows into the
longest river in the country, the Missouri River.
The Missouri River is 2,540 Miles long.
|The water from the spring have been tested and found very pure. |
It maintains a constant 54 degrees year-round.
|These cute Canadian Geese were strolling across the road.|
What a great place to winter and summer.
They are just a ways downstream from Giant Springs.
|I guess he was feeling a little anti-social.|
|This beautiful Pelican was on the other side of the river. |
A test of the zoom on my new camera.
|Just down from the springs was this hydro-electric dam.|
I loved the rock formations.
|This is out of Great Falls a ways.|
It is the true "Great Falls". The hydro-electric dam here was built on top of the falls.