Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Of Special Concern
Lewis and Clark Nature Trail
"These trout...precisely resemble our mountain or speckled trout, but the specks on these are of a deep black." - Meriwether Lewis, June 13, 1805
Range of the Westslope Cutthroat Trout
Genetically-our westslope trout are found in less than 5% of their historic range in the Missouri River drainage. Most of these remnant populations are small, isolated, and in danger of extinction.
Troublesome Traveling Companions
Humans carry plants and animals with them wherever they settle. From cats in Australia to kudzu in Alabama or pigs in Hawaii, introduced plants and animals have radically changed local colonies and, in some cases, driven native species to extinction.
Brook, brown, and rainbow trout were introduced to Montana waters in the 1880s. Over fishing of native trout by hungry settlers had reduced their numbers to a point where some action was thought necessary.
Erected by Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Lewis & Clark Expedition marker series.
Location. 47° 31.931′ N, 111° 13.973′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker can be reached from Giant Springs Road near River Drive North, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls MT 59405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One of Many Firsts (within shouting distance of this marker); The Army's Navy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Giant Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); A "great" Set of Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pure Springs Along the Missouri River (approx. 0.2 miles away); These Springs Have Witnessed... (approx. 0.2 miles away); Where Does the Water Come From? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seaman: Companion to the Corps (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the River's Edge Trail below the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.