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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

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Address: Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT

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A very cool place.

We drove out to the dam to check out the Great Falls where Lewis and Clark ran into some trouble. The place was just beautiful. You cross a little cable bridge to get to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We drove out to the dam to check out the Great Falls where Lewis and Clark ran into some trouble. The place was just beautiful. You cross a little cable bridge to get to the island where you can get some good sites of the dam and falls. Even in low wter conditions, the falls are nice. You can even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

A few miles from Lewis and Clerk interactive center. We drove to see this beautiful dam and water fall on our way to Helena. We walk on a small bridge across the river and get into a beautiful park. Through the park we go up a few stairs to see this beautiful dam and wonderful water falls. The park has... More 

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Garland, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It would be a shame to visit Great Falls without coming out of town a few miles to see the actual Great Falls. But, of course, they are not exactly the falls that Lewis and Clark encountered, being so greatly diminished by the dam and hydroelectric station. Nevertheless it's worth the trip out of the city (on the north side... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A lovely island on the Missiuri River lays just below this dam, one of several that Lewis and Clark had to tend with on there historic trip. The island is accessible by a walking bridge. It is a lovely place to picnic. It is where my husband proposed 47 years ago.

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is the Great Falls that Great Falls takes it's name from and also the falls that Lewis and Clark had their doozy of a time protaging around. I am all for progress and I realize we need hydropower to keep the power going. I think somehow someway their could have been a compromise in building the actual dam some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Sadly the gate across to the Island was locked. We enjoyed what we saw, but would probably return in season to explore & get closer to the dam.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

They have a nice swinging bridge to go onto the island. From the island you can have lunch and take great pictures of the falls. They also give you some insight on how locals lived in the past. I was happy I visited :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Ryan Dam is located approximately 15 miles from Great Falls, Montana. A beautiful site developed by the Montana Power Company. The site is now run by Northwestern Energy.(?) A fantastic picnic site. (You are on an island, surrounded by water). You picnic right below a massive concrete dam. It is awesome in its grandeur. There is no fee and you... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ryan Dam was discovered by Lewis and Clark so that makes it cool by default. They have rope bridge to an island that has a great shot of the dam and has plenty of space for a picnic, let the kids run around, play ball, soccer. It's a gorgeous place to see!!

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Fantastic placed to see, walking trails rushing water excellent photo op. Nice place to sit kick back and enjoy nature at its best.

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