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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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Cross the Swinging Bridge!

Most of the dams along the Missouri River near Great Falls have very restricted access for security, but Ryan Dam is still one where you can get fairly close to the falls. There... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Most of the dams along the Missouri River near Great Falls have very restricted access for security, but Ryan Dam is still one where you can get fairly close to the falls. There is a small parking area and a suspension foot bridge that goes out to an island where you can enjoy the views of the falls, have a... More 

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conway, ar
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I was somewhat disappointed in the fact that the water level is so low (through no fault of their own); but the falls that were there were beautiful.

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Stop at the full outs along River Road. It is a beautiful drive along the water and a great way to see several sites.

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Leesburg, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went here for about an hour. Great views of the dam, and a nice picnic grounds, over a suspension bridge (fun). It would have been better if there were more signage showing the dam, and the inner working for my son. I was very cool to see the rocks and imagine what the falls would have looked like without... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Depending on the time of year you go (not open year around) you will experience different aspects of the dam and the river. During spring run-off you can feel the spray and the rumble of the water not to mention the roar can heard long before you see it. It's a great place to take a picnic and there is... More 

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West Branch, Iowa, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you're looking for Niagara, this isn't it...probably because it's August. Spring is probably the time to see this waterfall. But it is a neat place, several miles north out of Great Falls, past wheat fields being harvested. There's a really cool suspension bridge to cross to an island to see the waterfall/dam

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Bennington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Though it's a bit out of the way, down a long road outside of town, it is definitely worth the drive to see Ryan's Dam and the actual Great Falls for which the town is named. (We also drove to see the other four dams and waterfalls on the other side of the river.) There is a parking area near... More 

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

The water doesn't come through much anymore but we did see river otters playing and the water was so clear we could see the fish from the path. We also saw two does leaving. The little park is beautiful and looks like it would be a great place to picnic. I do wish they would clear some bushes r so... More 

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Milan, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We nearly got lost trying to find the actual Great Falls on the Beautiful Missouri River for which Great Falls is named - but our Garmin GPS finally got us there. My family was less keen than me, but this is a site where you connect with the history of Lewis & Clark while seeing the amazing, constant power of... More 

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Avon, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Must see the falls that bare the name of this wonderful city!! Hard to believe that the team was able to portage around these falls. Interesting how man has changed the route of the river. A challenging 14 mile drive to the falls!!

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