Hebgen Lake

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Hebgen Lake
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Hebgen Lake
Location Gallatin County, Montana,
United States
Coordinates 44°51′50″N 111°20′07″W / 44.86389°N 111.33528°W / 44.86389; -111.33528Coordinates: 44°51′50″N 111°20′07″W / 44.86389°N 111.33528°W / 44.86389; -111.33528
Primary inflows Madison River
Catchment area 905 square miles (2,340 km2)
Basin countries United States
Max. length 15 miles (24 km)
Max. width 4 miles (6.4 km)
Surface area 21 square miles (54 km2)
Water volume 524,333,333 cubic yards (400,881,597 m3)[1]
Shore length1 65 miles (105 km)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Hebgen Lake is located in Southwest Montana and is created by Hebgen Dam. It is well known for the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake (magnitude 7.1 to 7.5) which occurred nearby on August 17, 1959, forming Quake Lake which is located immediately downstream.


Hebgen Lake and the surrounding area offer many recreational activities: camping, fishing, boating, and hiking. Campgrounds include Rainbow Point and Cherry Creek. Rainbow Point is the largest campground on the lake, offering four "loops." Each loop contains approximately 20 campsites. Each campsite can accommodate a full-size camper and one or two vehicles.

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  1. ^ "HEBGEN LAKE IS 65 MILES AROUND". Montana Standard. 19 August 1959. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 

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