Posted by: greatfallsgirl | October 18, 2009

Giant Springs

I love going to Giant Springs whenever I come back home.  We would go down there during the summer when I was a kid and get jugs of water.  My mom’s father helped build the narrow concrete bridges years ago that span the spring .


Discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and one of the largest freshwater springs in the world. This is the site of the Roe River, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river. Giant Springs flows at a measured 7.9 millions gallons per hour or 193 million gallons of water per day. The water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees, and has been carbon dated to be about 3,000 years old. More than a quarter of a million people, visit Giant Springs Heritage Park each year. Many come to marvel at this remarkable feature, or to view the variety of bird life. Some come to visit the nearby Rainbow Falls Overlook, the visitor center, and the fish hatchery. The Fish Hatchery Program raises about 1.3 million fish annually. They are then distributed to areas within a 150-mile radius of the hatchery. A group picnic site is also available.




  1. Back in the mid 60’s there was some kind of issue concerning the quality of the city’s drinking water. I remember my mom and dad driving us kids to Giant Springs to fill up as many jugs and containers with spring water. Seems we had to do this for a few days while the city took care of the problem. There were long lines of cars and people at the springs.

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