Hebgen Lake is a reservoir created by the Hebgen Dam, located in Gallatin County in southwest Montana. 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.
|Location||Gallatin County, Montana,|
|Primary inflows||Madison River|
|Primary outflows||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||12,563 acres (5,084 ha)|
|Max. depth||70 feet (21 m)|
|Water volume||386,200 acre⋅ft (476,400,000 m3)|
|Shore length1||65 miles (105 km)|
|Surface elevation||6,539 ft (1,993 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
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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Hebgen Lake, Montana with a mountain as a backdrop
Madison Arm, looking towards Cherry Creek Campground
Hebgen Lake, looking North from Rainbow Point Campground
Cabin partially submerged by 1959 earthquake
- "Hebgen Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
- "Hebgen Lake". Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
- "Hebgen Lake Is 65 Miles Around". Montana Standard. August 19, 1959. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "Large Earthquakes in the United States". United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007.
- "Hebgen Lake Basin Area". Custer Gallatin National Forest. USDA Forest Service. Retrieved July 13, 2020.
- Hebgen Lake Bathymetric Map Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks