Facts: rivers, lakes, mountains

Facts – Cities – Lakes – Rivers – Mountain Ranges

Montana:  population, 902,195; area, 147,000 square miles; state capital, Helena; highest elevation: 12,799 feet at Granite Peak, near Yellowstone National Park; lowest elevation, 1,800 feet along the Kootenai River in northwest Montana.

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Major cities: •Billings, pop. 92,988 •Missoula, pop. 58,460 •Bozeman, pop. 30,723 •Helena, pop. 29,081 •Great Falls, pop. 56,340

•Glendive, pop. 4,340 •Kalispell, pop. 17,149 •Miles City, pop. 8,698 •Lewistown, pop. 6,026 •Butte-Silver Bow, pop. 33,325 •Havre, pop. 10,425

State Bird: Western Meadowlark; State Flower: Bitterroot; State Animal: Grizzly Bear; State Fish: Cutthroat Trout; State Tree:Ponderosa Pine

Major Rivers: •Yellowstone River (south-central and southeast Montana) •Missouri River (north-central and northeast Montana) •Clark Fork River (western Montana) •Bitterroot River (southwest Montana); •Madison River (southwest Montana) •Milk River (north-central Montana) •Marias River (north-central Montana).

Major Lakes: •Flathead Lake (near Kalispell) •Canyon Ferry Lake (near Helena) •Lake Koocanusa (near Libby) •Whitefish Lake (near Whitefish •Fort Peck Lake (near Wolf Point) •Lake McDonald (in Glacier National Park) •Hebgen Lake (near West Yellowstone).

Major Mountain Ranges: •Absaroksa Range (Near Livingston); •Beartooth Range (near Red Lodge); •Flint Creek Range (near Deer Lodge); •Crazy Mountains (near Big Timber) •Gallatin Range (near Bozeman)

•Bitterroot Mountains (near Missoula) •Madison Range (near Ennis) •Mission Mountains (near Polson) •Big Snowy Mountains (near Lewistown) Elkhorn Mountains (near Helena) •Pryor Mountains (near Billings) •Flathead Range (near Kalispell) •Cabinet Mountains (near Thompson Falls).

State Gemstones: Agate and Sapphire; State Motto: Oro y Plata (Gold and Silver); Nicknames: The Treasure State; Big Sky Country; The Land of the Shining Mountains.

Photos by various people and organizations indexed on the Web by Google show the beauty and variety of landscapes in Montana:  Photo gallery of mountainous western Montana. Photo gallery of plains of eastern Montana.  Enjoy!

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