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State Park on the Missouri River


Open: Jan 1 - Dec 31
Size: 675 acres
Elevation: 3314 ft
Nearest Town: Great Falls

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.

The North Shore Conservation Easement lands provide big, game, upland game bird and waterfowl hunting opportunities. For more information look at the hunting map and regulations.

To learn more about the park, read Gushing Over Giant Springs.

Check out the current weather conditions in Great Falls. This Indian Education For All lesson plan is designed for 11th and 12th graders.

Giant Springs State Park is located on the Missouri River 2108 miles from the mouthWhite Bear is the next access site upstream from Giant Springs. 


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.
(Lat 47.534, Lng -111.227)

Contact Information
Contact Information

If you have questions or comments please send mail to: Giant Springs, 4600 Giant Springs Rd Great Falls, MT  59405  or call (406) 454-5840 .

Restrictions & Closures
Restrictions & Closures
Vehicle Length
Site is accessible.
  • Boating
  • Moderate Accessibility
  • Easy Accessibility
  • Bicycling
  • Easy Accessibility
    Group Use
  • Hiking - 15 miles of hiking trails.
  • Easy Accessibility
    Wildlife Viewing
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Information Kiosk/Map
  • Playground
  • Public Phone
  • Visitor Center
Picnic Site
Picnic Site
  • Grill (Pedestal)
  • Group Use - Sheltered
  • Picnic Table
  • Drinking Water
  • Garbage Bins
  • Toilet (Flush)
  • Toilet (Vault)
  • Water (Pressurized)
  • Bike Trail
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Trail
Day Use
Non-Resident, Vehicle
Walk or Bike In
Non-Resident Per person
Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife Viewing

These locations represent physical occurrences (visually confirmed) within the boundaries of the site. Many more species may be present in the area which are not listed because we do not have a visually confirmed record. If you would like to report a species sighting, a form is available.

 Birds (A-C)
 Birds (D-L)
 Birds (M-R)
Abundance Codes
Common Abundance = Common   Uncommon Abundance = Uncommon   Rare Abundance = Rare  
Incidental Occurrence = Incidental   Historic Occurrence = Historic Occurrence   Abundance Unknown = Unknown Abundance