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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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Place of big historical event

I was amazed to see and hear about the earthquake that formed this lake and see the video of some of the people who went through it. It is well worth the side trip to see this... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was amazed to see and hear about the earthquake that formed this lake and see the video of some of the people who went through it. It is well worth the side trip to see this amazing lake.

Thank Ozarkhound
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First saw this lake in the dead cold middle of winter. We were camping at Mammoth Hot Springs with our travel trailer and decided on going around the long way. The water color was mind-boggling...the deepest bluest blue at the very heart. Simply beautiful and well worth the white knuckle drive..(avalanche cannons on the side of the mountain pass make... More 

Thank grneyedldy
Charlotte, North Carolina
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I had never heard of Earthquake Lake before until I was there last week but was fascinated once I heard about it and then saw it for myself. This was such a tragedy. We stumbled across this quite by accident and I'm so glad we did. I can't even imagine what those families went through but they've done a good... More 

Thank Christy C
Conroe, Texas
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We visited Yellowstone Park in the winter in snow coaches. One of the locals told us to be sure and go to Quake Lake and see the Mountain Goats. We drove about 13 miles toward Quake Lake and Ennis, Montana and came upon hundreds of mountain Goats on the side of the mountain. We were told that they come here... More 

Thank 940TexasGirl
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153 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

This place has always stuck in my head since I visited Yellowstone when I was a kid. The trees sticking out of the lake are a haunting reminder of the great quake of 1959. It was great to come back and see my memory of 40 years ago is crystal clear. We managed to visit twice on this journey and... More 

Thank mobiusag
Billings, Montana
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239 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

The lake can creep some people out, but it is worth seeing. There is a good interpretive center which explains how an earth quake made the lake.

Thank CaptainD1234
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I used to hesitate to take visitors here wondering how they would enjoy stopping on the way to Jellystone. (old cartoon reference) Many people I have taken here have old me it was one of the highlights of their Montana trip. Quick stops turn into multiple hours. The film and exhibits are great. And if you ever kayak or canoe... More 

Thank coltraveler
Delray Beach, Florida
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Really beautiful drive with interesting Earthquake history in this remote area of Montana. I would recommend taking a visit just to experience the beauty and the wrath of Mother Nature.

Thank travelluvbug18
Newberg, Oregon
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107 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Fascinating explanation of events of that horror-filled night of Aug. 17, 1959, when the earthquake killed 28 people asleep in the campground and formed the lake behind debris. Most people just go into YNP, but if you swing by here along the shores of Hebgen Lake (reservoir, really), you can make a circle route to the Island Park road back... More 

Thank Scott P
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Learn about some local history and tragic event. Visitor center was close but the signs provider enough information to learn about what had happen. If visiting keep an eye out for the Big Horn Sheep along the hillside.

Thank Ed P

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