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Butte, Montana: Lake of Death: Berkeley Pit Overlook Team Field Report

Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand

200 Shields Ave., Butte, MT
Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand. Northeast edge of the city. I-90/15 exit 126. Drive north through town on Montana St., turn right onto Park St., and drive a mile east. On the left.
Daily Mar-Nov 9-5, or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $2.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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The Pit.

Lake of Death: Berkeley Pit Overlook

Pay at the entrance, walk through a tunnel, and emerge on the other side to a viewing platform over a vast hole in the ground filled with toxic water. It's like Crater Lake, except it's a lake of poison. Report...

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The Pit.

Berkeley Pit Overlook

A very interesting look at Butte's mining history. The landscape of the mine can only be described as horrifically beautiful. Worth visiting.

[Lisa W., 07/12/2013]
Pay to See Toxic Waste

For years we've been praising the tourism virtues of the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Montana, which at one time was America's Largest Truck-Operated Open Pit Copper Mine, and now is a 500-acre lake of deadly drainage. In June 2006, an "Interpretive Pavilion" opened on the site of the old Berkeley Pit Viewing Stand, with picnic tables, a snack bar, and restrooms (replacing the old porta-potties.) Luxury comes at a price, however, as the city charges two dollars to come in and take a peek.


[05/14/2006] Complete News Story

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