This Hidden Montana Lake Shows The Remnants Of A Darker Time
If you’re familiar with southwestern Montana, you’ve probably heard of Earthquake Lake, or Quake Lake. It’s a beautiful place to visit, especially when you need to stretch your legs on your way to Yellowstone National Park. That being said, there’s still evidence of the lake’s tragic beginnings, which is a little eerie.
Quake Lake is located in Cameron.
And until 1959, it did not exist.
On August 17, 1959, disaster struck.
A 7.3 earthquake sent 80 million tons of earth and rock barreling down into the canyon toward the Madison River at 100 mph.
Since it was summertime, quite a few people were camping in the area. Unfortunately, the quake claimed 28 lives.
There was also $11 million in damage to the local forests and highways.
You'll still see a little wreckage from the disaster lining the shores. But overall, the lake is a beautiful and peaceful place.
The Earthquake Lake Visitor Center holds plenty of information, including a plaque with the names of the 28 people who died and the events of the earthquake.
The Visitor Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from Memorial Day to mid-September.
These days, the lake is a popular place for fishing, boating, and exploring.
Although its beginnings were tragic, it's also an educational and informative attraction.
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