Giant Springs State Park | Great Falls, Montana
Giant Springs State Park is an unexpected treasure, nested on the banks of the mighty Missouri River. It is home to one of the largest freshwater springs in the country and feeds the Roe River, once listed as the world's shortest river. The springs were discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and pump out 156 million gallons of water per day. It is still difficult fathoming the amount of water that flows out of the springs at any one time.
Consider this park a year-round destination. Enjoy a picnic, tour of the fish hatchery and visitor center, observation deck above Giant Springs, walk along the Rivers Edge Trail, visit to nearby Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and summer events riverside.
If you are looking to capture some incredible images arrive before sunset. As the sunset starts to set have your camera ready to capture fog coming off the springs with birds settling in for the evening and the Missouri River as a backdrop.
Driving Directions to Key Access Points
Take exit 280 from I-15 S, turn north onto River Dr N, and turn left onto Giant Springs Rd, destination will be on left.
*You can easily access from HWY 89 and MT-200.
Highlights of this State or Provincial Park
- Bird Watching
- Children's Activities
- Lewis And Clark
- Nature Tours
- River Overlooks
- Wildlife Viewing
Services and Amenities
- ADA Accessible
- Established Fire Pits
- Group Use Rentals
- Interpretive Display
- Pets Allowed
- Public Restroom
- Trash Removal
- Wedding Facilities
Best Seasons or Dates to Visit
Excellent year-round. With Giant Springs pumping out water at a constant 54 degrees Fahrenheit you can expect plenty of bird watching opportunities. More than a quarter of a million people visit the park with most visitations in the summer.