Giant Springs Heritage State Park Travel Guide

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    Giant Springs with Missouri in...
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  • Headwaters of the Roe River
    Headwaters of the Roe River
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  • Roe River channel
    Roe River channel
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    by fred98115 Written Sep 14, 2012

    The Springs present many features much beloved by photographers: good light and wonderful colors. We have been there twice as we follow the Lewis and Clark Expedition's route. Lewis passed by here on the other side of the Missouri and the portage route was not close to the Springs. Their loss but their site is our gain. A path leads here from the L & C Interpretive Center, or you can just drive here and meander about. You can walk around the springs and have access to wide-angle shots as well as closeups of the water fow into the Missouri. This is the single must see feature of the Great Falls area, and we only learned about it from our motel staff. It is a hidden gem.

    Underwater plants and the springs Springs, Missouri, Roe River headwaters Springs outflow into the Missouri Underwater plants Giant Springs
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    by fred98115 Written Sep 14, 2012

    While interesting to photograph anytime in the day, it's best on a day here you have colors. The river is constrained by concrete banks, but using the full range of your zoom lens allows focusing on river details. A tripod may be useful to get slow shutter speeds. A polarizer may help cutting through the surface reflections. The site is within walking distance from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center along a walking path next to the Missouri River. One weird caution: the mouth of the Roe River concrete banks were loaded with goose droppings. Don't forget to clean your shoes before getting back in the car.

    Headwaters of the Roe River Roe River channel Confluence of Roe and Missouri Rivers Underwater plants of the Roe River
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