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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT
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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Dams
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The family picnic area on the island is very nice. There is a swinging bridge entrance, which is quite fun for the adventurous. Above the picnic grounds there is a viewing area of the dam and the Great Falls of the Missouri. This is the 1st of the 5 falls close together where Lewis & Clark really accepted that the... More

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Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The Missouri River had several falls that stopped Lewis & Clark on their trip upstream. Many years later, they built dams at each set of falls to have water power to generate electricity. At Ryan dam there is still a set of rapids that gives the viewer the same view that Louis looked at.

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Brampton, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Ryan Dam is very impressive - much bigger than I expected. It's just out of Great Falls and the roads to get there are deserted. (You may wonder if you're going the right way). Kids loved the swinging bridge and the scenery was beautiful.

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Great Falls
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a family picnic area that has a swinging bridge entrance, which is quite fun for the adventurous. Above the picnic grounds there is a viewing area of the dam and the Great Falls of the Missouri. The road to get there is in poor shape but the trip is worth it! The road going down to the parking... More

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Great Falls, Montana
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

this is one of several places that are fixtures of Great Falls history and scenic values, just out of town, easy to get there by auto, see the famous island where one of the first electric stoves was showcased, and see one of the great engineering projects that harnessed the power of the mighty Mo. Whatever your ecological persuasion, go.... More

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Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We loved the water falls, scenery, the walk around over the swinging bridge was alittle scary! The island was neat, there are picnic tables. When we were leaving a deer jumped out in front of our car .

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Seattle, Washington
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116 reviews 116 reviews
97 attraction reviews
427 helpful votes 427 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Lewis and Clark arrived here on the Expedition and faced the task of portaging around five falls. Great Falls is the first. An island park at the foot of the falls is open from Mother's Day to Labor Day, and you have wonderful views from there. Ryan Dam sits just behind the falls, controlling the water flow over the falls,... More

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Saskatchewan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We just happened to drive by this area and stopped for a look out--glad we did! Love the walking paths all along the river in Great Falls---great way to get some exercise and see the city.

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Conyers
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I lived in the Great Falls area for about 5 years. It isn't that far from Glacier National Park which is a must see. In Great Falls there are falls on the Missiouri River. This is where Charles Russell lived & there is an art museum that has many of his oil paintings. It is something that should not be... More

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CHESTERFIELD
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Went there today, the bridge and island were closed but just beautiful. When we return next year we will bring a lunch and enjoy the sound of the water and the view

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