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Giant Springs State Park

Bring the whole family to enjoy this park's unique geologic features and abundant recreational opportunities. First recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805, it is one of the largest freshwater springs in the country.

Alerts & Closures

Stage I Fire Restrictions for Cascade County in the Great Falls Fire Restriction Area.  The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire,
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

Commercial photography requires a commercial use permit.

For more information, read the reference guide here.

To apply, complete this Commercial Use Permit Application.

About the Park

Come marvel at this day-use park’s remarkable features. Located just outside of Great Falls and encompassing nearly 14 miles of Missouri River shoreline, Giant Springs State Park has something for everyone. The park provides opportunities for hiking, biking, picnicking, photography, fishing, hunting, boating, and bird watching.

Experience the Giant Springs, which is one of the largest freshwater springs in the county, producing over 156 million gallons of water each day. Dip your toes in the bubbling pool on a hot summer day or witness the foggy mist rise off the water in the depths of winter. Listen to the tranquil sounds of the water cascading into the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river. Visit the Giant Springs Fish Hatchery and take a walk through the visitor center or feed the fish in the show pond. Find a place to picnic among the towering silver poplars, mature blue spruce or on the manicured lawn. Bring your binoculars or camera and enjoy the park’s exceptional birding opportunities.

If you are looking for something a little more active, Giant Springs provides excellent fishing opportunities along the Missouri River as well as a separate fishing pond. Take a walk, go for a run or ride your bike along the park’s 30+ miles of paved and dirt single-track trails, which range in difficulty from beginner to expert. The trails are all part of the larger River’s Edge Trail System, which consists of nearly 60 miles of trail around the Great Falls area. Take a walk or drive to the four Missouri River waterfalls (five, if you count the now buried Colter Falls) that are all located within the park. Giant Springs is rich with history that includes the Lewis and Clark Expedition, silver smelting and Paris Gibson, the founder of Great Falls.

Whether you come to picnic, hike the trails, fish the Missouri, or simply admire the springs, Giant Springs State Park has exciting opportunities for the whole family!

View an overview map of Giant Springs State Park, with points of interest, here.

View the 2021 Giant Springs Program Schedule here.

Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Children's Activities
  • Exhibit
  • Fishing
  • Hatchery
  • Heritage
  • Hiking
  • History
  • Lewis And Clark
  • Nature Tours
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • River Overlooks
  • Wildlife Viewing

Amenities

Some amenities are seasonal. Check with the park for availability.

  • ADA Accessible
  • BBQ Pits or Grills
  • Gift Shop
  • Group Use Rentals
  • Interpretive Display
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Public Restroom
  • Toilet (flush)
  • Toilet (vault)
  • Trails
  • Trash Removal
  • Water

Seasons & Hours

Hours listed below are normal operating hours and may not apply when there is a special restriction or closure. Check Alerts and Closures in the tab below.


Park

DAY USE ONLY
Open all year
Sunrise - Sunset

Park Rules

Volunteer

Contact Park Manager, Alex Sholes, for current volunteer opportunities:

Mailing Address:
Giant Springs State Park
4803 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

For complete position descriptions, application forms, and details about Montana State Parks volunteer programs, visit the Volunteers page.

Fees

Montana Residents

  • Day use entrance is free*

 

Nonresidents

  • Day use entrance fee with a vehicle: $8
  • Day use entrance fee as a walk-in, bicycle or bus passenger: $4
  • With a Nonresident Entrance Pass: Free

 

* Montana residents who pay the $9 state parks fee with their annual vehicle registration have no daily entrance fees to state parks. For residents who don't include this in their vehicle registration, non-resident day use fees apply.

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Giant Springs State Park
4803 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

Take a Look Around

Enjoy this aerial tour of Giant Springs State Park

Experience the Giant Springs, which is one of the largest freshwater springs in the county, producing over 156 million gallons of water each day. Dip your toes in the bubbling pool on a hot summer day or witness the foggy mist rise off the water in the depths of winter. Listen to the tranquil sounds of the water cascading into the Roe River, once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river.

View the 2021 Giant Springs Program Schedule 

Giant Springs State Park

Address

4803 Giant Springs Rd.
Great Falls, MT 59405
Latitude/Longitude:
(47.534 / -111.227)

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Meet The Park Manager

Alex Sholes

Alex Sholes is the manager of Ackley Lake and Giant Springs state parks. Alex received a master’s degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Idaho. Before coming to Montana State Parks, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a Recreation Manager on the Salmon River in Idaho. Prior to that he held a ranger position on the Middle Fork of the Salmon for 2 years, and worked for FWP as a Smith River ranger in 2012.

CONTACT INFO
Mailing Address:
FWP Region 4 Headquarters
4600 Giant Springs Rd
Great Falls, MT 59405

Phone: 406-727-1212
Email: Alex.Sholes@mt.gov

Photo of Park Manager, Alex Sholes