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The two RV Gypsies at Giant Springs State Park
4803 Giant Springs Road
Great Falls, Montana
phone '406.727.1212 (Ranger Station)
May 28, 2016

sign: Entering Giant Springs State Park

Giant Springs State Park

Below: Lee Duquette on the narrow walkway that divides the waterfall and springs from the Missouri River.

Giant Springs State Park Lee Duquette at Giant Springs State Park
Karen Duquette at Giant Springs State Park Karen Duquette at Giant Springs State Park

When Lewis and Clark scouted for a portage route around the great falls, they first did so across the river and missed this unusual and beautiful natural springs. It is enormous and flows into two rivers: the Missouri and the Roe.

waterfall at Giant Springs State Park

waterfall at Giant Springs State Park

Below: The actual spring bubbling up in the center. Every 24 hours, 156 million gallons of water bubbles up from these springs and flows in the Missouri River via the Roe River.

the spring and waterfall at Giant Springs State Park the spring bubbling up in the center

waterfall at Giant Springs State Park

waterfall at Giant Springs State Park

Below: Looking to the left of the walkway, away from the springs, at the Missouri River.

the Missouri River

After walking across the narrow walkway shown above, the two RV Gypsies crossed over a small bridge and took photos looking towards the spring and waterfall.

waterfall and spring crystal clear water

history bookThen the water flows under the bridge and becomes one of the shortest rivers in the country at 201 feet (the Roe River), flowing into the longest river (The Missouri River), at 2, 540 miles long - 200 miles longer than the Mississippi River.

Note: Yet, according to signs in Oregon, The D River in Lincoln City, Oregon was once nameless and known as the shortest river in the world in the Guinness Book of Worlds Records (at 440) feet. Starting in 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records no longer lists a category for the shortest river.

sign about the Roe River

The Roe River

The Roe River

Below: looking straight down into the clear water, it is hard to realize that the greenery is actually below the water's surface.

crystal clear water

Below: Looking back at the Roe River from the edge of where it flows into the Missouri River.

The Roe River

Below: Notice the difference in the color of the water in the Missouri River. The dark blue waters near the shoreline is the natural spring water and it maintains its purity for about one full mile before it blends into the Missouri River.

Missouri River and the spring water

sign about Native American Tribes

sign about geologists deeterminations

Below: Looking down into the crystal clear water near the spring.

crystal clear water

crystal clear water

sign: Giant Springs  State Fish Hatchery

fish distribution sign

show pond sign

parasite information sign

fish

fish

fish

fish

fish

fish

Below: The really tiny fish in the inside hatchery.

The really tiny fish in the inside hatchery

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures in Montana
(sites 17-20 on the 2016 USA map)
May 22-31, 2016

You may visit these sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Alberta, Canada below.

green bullet travel photos and Billings Village RV Park - (site 17)

green bullet Billings Welcome Center

green bullet Chief Plenty Coups State Park

green bullet Famous Dave's Restaurant

green bullet Pictograph Cave State Park - two pages

green bullet Pompeys Pillar - two pages

green bullet Riverfront Park

green bullet Swords Rimrock Park - Scenic Park

green bullet Yellowstone Kelly

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green bullet Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs (site 18)

green bullet Natural Mineral Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs

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green bullet RV driving day and snow lingering alongside the road - (site 19)

green bullet Fort Benton, Montana- the birthplace of Montana

green bullet Veteran's Memorial Park

green bullet Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Nat'l Monument

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Places in Great Falls Montana - (site # 20)

green bullet Great Falls, MT: paintings, bridges, statues, Pasta Montana

green bullet The Historical Depot Building

green bullet The Montana Veteran's Memorial

green bullet Lewis & Clark National Historic Interpretive Center - 2 pages

green bullet Giant Springs State Park, springs, waterfall, long & short rivers

green bullet Rainbow, Crooked, and Black Eagle Falls and Sacagawea Overlook

green bullet Gibson Park: statues and a Flower Garden

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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to Alberta, Canada in June, 2016