A Central Montana State Park with Crystal Clear Water
(via Trip Advisor)
Montana. We all love how it should be and not what some out-of-staters are trying to make it–but we do what we can to keep Montana great. The whole I-177 trapping ban attempt on public land is just part of the proof that Montanans understand what it takes to conserve our state’s wildlife populations–we won’t get into the wolves. Thank you for those who voted against I-177. Anyway, who doesn’t like to learn about this great state? As Montanans, we are proud of what our state and our beautiful national and state parks, among other destinations. So, how about this for a knowledge nugget…
Did you know that Giant Springs State Park is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country with water flowing at a rate of 156 million gallons of water from the Madison Aquifer per day. The water originates from the Little Belt Mountains and takes approximately 26 years to reach the springs. Amazingly, the water is a constant 54 degrees year-round. Also, Giant Springs State Park contains Giant Springs State Fish Hatchery and is the only State Park with a fish hatchery located within its boundaries. The Hatchery uses water from the springs to fill their raceways. Stop in and learn about the hatchery raised fish and view the monster trout in the show pond, and you can even feed them. (info via visitmt.com)
Giant Springs State Park is located in Great Falls and was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. It is a pretty cool place to visit, so if you haven’t been there yet, make sure you check it out at some point. Just another place to visit that makes Montana great!