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Address: 27 miles northwest of West Yellowstone and 44 miles south of Ennis, Montana on US Highway 287., West Yellowstone, MT
Phone Number: +1 406-682-7620

Site of the largest earthquake in Montana's history.

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Stop at the visitor center!

There's just something about this place.... Very interesting area. The visitor center tells you a lot about what happened in the 50s. There's an informative display & a film... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 October 2016
Westville, Indiana
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Westville, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

There's just something about this place.... Very interesting area. The visitor center tells you a lot about what happened in the 50s. There's an informative display & a film. Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I was a very humbling experience to go back and try to remember what it looked like in 1959. The Markers along the highway provide a great deal of information about what happened that night in 1959.

1 Thank Mickey_slept_here
Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I was always told this was a strange place as a kid but this lake is so pretty it is worth the drive It has so much history so make sure to get the story on it. Enjoy this it is beautiful.

Thank julielS8511JU
Leland, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Lovely large lake....appears there would be a lot of activity in warmer weather. We were there late September and not much going on, but lots of fishing camps around.

Thank vbailey2
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

What a beautiful lake this is! The drive around it is gorgeous and not very far from either West (Yellowstone) or Island Park ID.

Thank William H
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

While driving from West Yellowstone to Glacier National Park we drove along Earthquake Lake .. not really knowing where the name came from. The drive was gorgeous. We made what we thought was going to be a quick stop at the Earthquake Lake Visitor Center - which we thought was really just restrooms. We were so surprised that the visitor... More 

1 Thank 257Becca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

guy at fishing shop recommended this. we drove out, dropped a line in the river right near here. no fish, but gorgeous views.

Thank catiesbubbie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

It's something you just have to see to believe. It's about an hour's drive, but so worth the time - beautiful - stunning - scenery.

Thank D&J E
Homewood, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

You must stop & read the signs along the highway to appreciate what Mother Nature destroyed & created in 20 seconds. It is unbelievable, tragic & awesome all at the same time. The visitors center is very informative & the climb to the Memorial Stone is worth the time .

Thank fishingtrip2016
Deerfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Don't just drive by; take in the visitor's center for the complete story. It's hard to imagine the fury of that night, or that more lives were not lost. I especially was taken in by the survivors' stories, and how life after that night was even changes. The video is a explains the story, and also the reasons this area... More 

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