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Alberton's TOWN PARK, named after former Mayor Hank Roat, has tennis courts and BBQ stands and a shady GAZEBO, which makes it a nice place for locals and visitors to stop and relax before going on your way, or you can SCHEDULE A WEDDING or family function.
A walk above Alberton provides a beautiful view of this valley with its remnants of Lake Missoula in the rocks. Visit the Natural Pier Bridge on the south side of Town (Exit 75) and you can see the ripple marks of the lake on bottom bedrock. Keep reading and you'll see how Alberton got one of its most distinctive features: Cinderella Mountain.
LAKE MISSOULA & THE ICE DAM BREAK
During the most recent ice age, until about 13,000 years ago, water backed up through most of the valleys of western Montana, creating a lake nearly 2,000 feet deep at the ice dam. In time, the ice dam was undermined by water leakage and the growing depth and pressure of the lake water. It eventually weakened and then failed catastrophically. The lake drained unlashing catastrophic floods. This process repeated itself dozens of times in 48 hours until the lake was emptied.
Float the river from Cinderella Mountain, when you are just outside of Alberton you can still see a vast bare sentinel of rock. As the lake drained down with the increasing turbulence coming out of the Missoula valley, Cinderella Mountain took the full force of the floodwaters. As the water slammed through the twisting river bends of the Alberton Gorge. This is where the floods took huge bites out of the mountainsides and tumbled rocks of all sizes downstream.
ALBERTON GORGE Rafting trips are a summer staple for Montana adventurers.
THINGS TO DO & SEE IN
Known as the gateway to the Alberton Gorge, favored by whitewater rafters, kayakers, and avid anglers, and home to the annual Railroad Day Celebration, every third Saturday in July, the small town of Alberton Montana offers a good place to live and a nice break from interstate travel.
We're 30 miles west of Montana's second largest city (Missoula) along the banks of the Clark Fork River. So you can see people fly fishing, rafting, tubing or kayaking, or just enjoying a nice relaxing day on one of the river's sandy beaches.
607 Railroad Avenue
Alberton MT 59820
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