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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT
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Ranked #6 of 24 Attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Dams
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Dalton, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I think it would been very good but the gate was closed. It closed on Labor Day and we were there on the 2nd. I don't think they should close it until maybe later in September because a lot of seniors travel early in September. It was a beautiful day.

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Mossyrock, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Amazing to see the obstacles that L & C faced. I am definitely not opposed to building dams, but really, to build a dam over the first great waterfall they had to portage around? Takes away from the scene.

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After many years of travelling to Great Falls - I finally saw Ryan Dam and the Great Falls. A really nice little outing. If the weather is nice, take a picnic along to enjoy on the island. I understand it closes in September, but not sure when it opens in the spring.

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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

It it a winding and bumpy ride to get there, but it is worth going. Travel past rolling hills and street signs used for target practice. The dam and falls themselves are amazing. There is also a funky display of the first electric stove.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

SatNav takes you right to it but there are few signs to reassure you as you head out on a quiet narrow road. Nice park for a picnic/BBQ with free electric cookers powered by the dam. Would have been impressive in the days of Lewis & Clark. Just hope that you don't hear 8 whistle blasts

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Cranbrook, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Too bad the view is spoiled by the dam above it. Nice little viewpoint, picnic facilities and interpretive signage.

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Greenville, Mississippi, United States
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What a shame they dammed up this great falls. Another example of not thinking things through when they build this dam. When Lewis & Clark saw it I will bet it was awesome.

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The falls are very spectacular and must have been quite a sight for the L/C expedition .My GPS had no problem getting us there once we got out of the city. Since we had been following the L/C Trail for a month it was a disappointment that we could not get across the bridge-did not open till Memorial day but... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The dam was really pretty to see and the little island is ideal for picnics. It was definitely worth the quick drive down there. While there, check out the Morony dam as well. SIDE NOTE: There are signs saying "no pets"

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The dam was impressive but the water level was low, leaving a lot of the rocks high and dry. The island was interesting. We enjoyed the walk over the suspension bringe and wandered about the warning sign to evacuate the island if you hear 8 blasgts. We spotted an eagle across the river and a deer foraging in the grass.

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