Montana Souvenir: Quake Lake on Acrylic Fridge Magnet
Also known as the Earthquake Lake, the Quake Lake is a beautiful lake located in the southwestern region of Montana in the U.S. The lake was formed after a severe earthquake shook the nearby areas on 17 August 1985. Quake Lake stretches over an area of 9.7 km and has a depth of about 58 meters. Most of the lake falls within the area of the Gallatin National Forest. It is one of the main highlights of Montana and is quite popular amongst tourists as well. You can see a lovely view of the lake on this acrylic fridge magnet making this magnet an apt keepsake of the lake.
Formation of the Lake
The earthquake that took place on 17 August 1985 measured a striking 7.5 on the Richter scale and resulted in a massive landslide that weighed around eighty tons. The landslide moved downwards towards the Sheep Mountain and took the lives of twenty-eight people during its course. Faults were created by the earthquake that exerted pressure on the water in the Hebgen Lake and moved it with great force. The landslide also created a landslide dam on the banks of the Madison River; this prohibited the waters of the Madison River to flow and the water started filling up the faults. After a month, the water in the faults took the form of a lake and was named the 'Quake Lake' as it had resulted because of an earthquake.
Fishing in the Quake Lake
Fishermen take pleasure in fishing along the serene shores of the Quake Lake. You can access the shoreline via Highway 287 and you can also hire boats from there. There is a wide variety of fish in the lake including brown trout and cutthroat trout. Those who like brown trout should visit the lake during the start of the year.