Montana is known for its rivers and streams. Locals and tourists enjoy our local waterways, and while we might not have the most, we do have an impressive number.

With almost 170 thousand miles, being on the water is a way of life here in Big Sky Country. Whether fishing, floating, kayaking, or rafting, being on the water is a popular pastime, especially during the summer.

Some of the more popular rivers in the state include the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Gallatin, Madison, Missouri, and Yellowstone. However, one river stands out entirely on its own.

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Did you know that Montana is home to the world's shortest river? Before we reveal the name and location, let's look at the most popular lakes in Montana.

The Most Popular Lakes In Montana

Montana is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country and with over 3000 lakes across The Treasure State, those who are looking to spend time on the water, have lots of options. From the biggest natural water lake west of the Mississippi to the crystal clear waters in our National Parks, check out the most popular lakes in Montana.

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Which Montana River is the world's shortest?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the little waterway known as the Roe River is just over 200 feet and is located in Giant Springs State Park near Great Falls. 

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Over the years, folks have debated this in and out of the United States. Some claim that the world's shortest river is the D River in Oregon, however, that river is more than twice as long as the Roe. Recently, there has been a claim that a river in the Republic of Abkhazia is the world's shortest, however, we're sticking with the Roe.

While the Roe River isn't very long, it flows into the Missouri River which is the longest river in the United States. The next time you're in the Great Falls area, make sure you check out Giant Springs State Park, not only is it a beautiful area, but it's also home to history.

Montana's 8 Worst Natural And Man-Made Disasters

Over the years, Montana has experienced significant natural and man-made disasters that have resulted in not only the loss of lives, but millions of acres lost, along with tens of millions of dollars in damages.

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Looking for fun things to do on your Montana vacation? Here's a list of the most popular places in the Treasure State.

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