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Giant Springs State Park, Great Falls

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State Park
Giant Springs is a large first magnitude spring located near Great Falls, Montana and is the central feature of Giant Springs State Park. Its water has a constant temperature of 54°F and originates from snowmelt in the Little Belt Mountains, 60mi away. According to chlorofluorocarbon dating, the water takes 50 years to travel underground before returning to the surface at the springs according to the placard at the state park.Giant Springs is formed by an opening in a part of the Madison aquifer, a vast aquifer underlying 5 U.S. States and 3 Canadian Provinces. The conduit between the mountains and the spring is the geological stratum found in parts of the northwest United States called the Madison Limestone. Although some of the underground water from the Little Belt Mountains escapes to form Giant Springs, some stays underground and continues flowing, joining sources from losing streams in the Black Hills, Big Horn Mountains and other areas. The aquifer eventually surfaces in Canada. Giant Springs has an average discharge of 242cuft of water per second or 150 million gallons per day.
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  • Beautiful walk and view. Easy walking and very informative self guided tour. Paved path and hiking paths as well.  more »
  • Our family enjoys going to Giant Springs because we can plan a picnic and play wiggle ball or frisbee in grass. Lots of shade and the park is well kept. You even get to see how the fish are bred and y...  more »
  • I was really impressed by my brief visit to the Giant Springs. The layout of the park is wonderful and allows for a great environment to take in the scenery. I enjoyed the information about the Spring...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful state park. It's free for Montana residents and $6 per car for everyone else. In addition to the springs there are hiking trails to the waterfalls and a fish hatchery with self guided tours. Lots of terrific photo opportunities here.
  • Beautiful picturesque park. Lots of students do prom and graduation pictures here.
  • This is a great place to spend time with family and friends or if you can't get out of town to fish
  • Best outdoor recreation within 15 minutes of Great Falls, and extremely underutilized.
  • Simply magical. One of the most beautiful parks in state.