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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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New York
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237 reviews 237 reviews
33 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Nice setting with a walk across a suspended foot bridge to nice setting...dam sits atop a large Missouri river fall

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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wow a very impressive sight. Must have been stupendous in Clark's day. Breathtaking valley, rushing river and falls. Great little picnic area. The road is a little narrow but worth it.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Go just four miles farther to moroney dam and enjoy some fishing two of us caught three foot northern pike. We let them go for others to enjoy but wow, what a blast it was catching a fish like that.

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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

It was extremely interesting and relaxing. What a great opportunity for the kids to learn more about dams.

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Petaluma, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
54 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I've seen better waterfalls and question whether it is worth the drive out to see. It does have a nice picnic grounds, and the swinging bridge is fun for the kids, but we walked up the short trail, took a few pictures, and questioned whether or not it worth the confusing drive out. I'll give it a neutral rating, but... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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