In the Valley’s Midst
Over the course of a day, over 150 million gallons of water gush from Giant Springs. Located northeast of Great Falls, Montana, the largest flowing spring in the state was first described by Captain Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805 as, “the largest fountain or Spring I ever Saw.” He added that the water, “boils up from under the rocks near the edge of the river.” The source of the water has been traced to the Little Belt Mountains, some 75 miles distant. Studies indicate that it may take as many as 50 years for water to seep into the ground in the Little Belts, travel through the Madison aquifer, and then surface in this spring along the bank of the Missouri River. The temperature of the water emanating from the spring remains at a consistent 54 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. (Click on any of the images to view them in larger size.)
As the water flows out of the spring’s pool, some flows directly into the Missouri River, while the remainder exits through the North Fork Roe River. The Roe River holds the distinction of being the shortest river in the world, with a total flowing distance of 201 feet. The Roe ends at its confluence with the Missouri River, the longest traveling river in Montana, flowing 1029 miles from Three Forks to the North Dakota border.
God’s grace is like the water flowing from Giant Springs. He offers it freely, and we often receive more than we deserve. And, like the temperature of the water coming from the spring, His promises to believers are constant and unwavering.