giant springs state park birding trails


In Great Falls, take US 87 to River Road, then 1.8 miles east to Giant Springs Road. Main entrance 2.2 miles

General Information

Springs here flow 156 million gallons of water per day into the Missouri River, flowing via the very short (201 feet) Roe River. From platform, watch trout swimming below. Mowed lawns and non-native trees surround springs; undeveloped portions upstream. Drive downstream along the Missouri River, especially in winter when the springs keep water open for assorted waterfowl. Good viewing year-round. Fee. Free entry for Montana residents.


River, streamside, lawn, shrubs

Highlighted Species

Bullock’s oriole high in trees, great horned owl, willow flycatcher; American white pelican, bald eagle, belted kingfisher; house wren, gray catbird, western kingbird, black-billed magpie upriver. The park attracts migrants (yellow-rumped warbler, Swainson’s thrush, brown thrasher, Wilson’s warbler, common loon), vagrant birds.

Facilities and Services

Hatchery with self-guided tour, flush toilets, trails, links to River’s Edge Trail.


Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 4
4600 Giant Springs Road
Great Falls, MT 59405