Glacial Lake Missoula and the Montana Natural History Center
Areas of Missoula now covered with neighborhoods, shops, and the university
comprised the floor of this ancient lake. How deep was the water at your
house? Will Glacial Lake Missoula return? Were there fish in Lake Missoula?
The story of Glacial Lake Missoula is the story of one of the largest
floods on earth - and it all started right here in Missoula.We're working
to bring this story to light: this page is your guide to resources and
upcoming events available through the Montana Natural History Center.
Montana Natural History Center:
The Nature Center at Fort Missoula is an excellent spot to begin your
exploration. The Center has displays that include a short description
of the lakes and the floods; examples of sedimentary rock; short videos
and books on the topic (that can be used at the Center, checked out,
or purchased); and displays of fossils and other rocks from the region.
An educational trunk about the Missoula aquifer is pertinent when discussing
our geologic history and a new truck is ready for use in schools. Our
weekly radio program - Field Notes - has featured Glacial Lake Missoula.
Note: the MNHC has moved to 120 Hickory Street in Missoula. Glacial
Lake Missoula exhibits are under improvement in 2005. Call 406.327.0405
for more information about this exciting transformation.
The Center is actively participating in the development of a 4-state
educational touring approach to this amazing story. The National Park
Service is preparing a bill to present to Congress to create"The Ice
Age Floods National Geologic Trail."