Giant Springs State Park

Quick Facts

Giant Springs State Park

Montana

(406) 454-5840

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Things To Do

Overview

Set aside a whole afternoon to experience this scenic and historic freshwater springs site. First recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, it is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world, flowing at 156 million gallons of water per day! In this day-use park, you can picnic by the Missouri River, visit the fish hatchery and visitor center, walk along the Rivers Edge Trail, view nearby Rainbow Falls overlook, or visit the neighboring Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Giant Springs Trout Hatchery is a production facility constructed in 1928. Reconstruction took place in 1984 when all the old round ponds were replaced by 24 outside raceways, except for one, which is now the show pond. The hatchery building was replaced and houses the egg incubators and 40 interior raceways, which can be seen from the visitor center. The North Shore Conservation Easement lands provide big, game, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities, but be sure to check for closures and limitations before you come visit.

Map of Giant Springs (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.530000, -111.232000

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Activities

  • Boating

    Explore the spring and the Missouri River by boat; both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted.

  • Bicycling

    Explore the area by bike on roads and designated trails.

  • Fishing

    This park has ample opportunities for anglers. Be sure to obey posted signs.

  • Hiking

    Fifteen miles of hiking trails provide a great way to explore the area and stretch your legs!

  • Hunting

    The North Shore Conservation Easement lands provide big, game, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities. Call FWP at (406) 454-5840 for current status and to request a hunting map, regulations, and a map of closed areas.

  • Picnicking

    The sheltered picnic area, with tables and grills, is a beautiful place to enjoy lunch on the shore of the Missouri River.

  • Wildlife Watching

    This scenic area provides ample opportunities for observing wildlife.

Directions

Driving

From Interstate 15, take Central Avenue (Exit 280). Proceed east on Central Avenue and turn left on River Drive immediately after crossing the Missouri River. Continue on River Drive 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Giant Springs Rd. Giant Springs State Park is located approximately 1 mile ahead, on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 454-5840

Permits

(406) 454-5840

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