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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT
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Ranked #6 of 25 Attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Dams
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Calgary, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Fantastic and Majestic Dam.. Located in a rural set-up with roads between farms .. Small Suspension bridge but a wonderful Green Space park worth a million for Pictures.. Must visit when at Great Falls...

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Calgary, Alberta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The falls were a disappointment, we were expecting something a little more natural and a little less controlled by dams. Caveat: we were literally running for our lives during our brief visit here, as we were under attack by the most vicious swarm of mosquitos I have seen, and I come from Manitoba originally, where mosquitos have been known to... More

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Dalton, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
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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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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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119 reviews 119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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