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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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Inverness, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Vancouver, Washington
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37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The dam was really pretty to see and the little island is ideal for picnics. It was definitely worth the quick drive down there. While there, check out the Morony dam as well. SIDE NOTE: There are signs saying "no pets"

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204 reviews 204 reviews
133 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The dam was impressive but the water level was low, leaving a lot of the rocks high and dry. The island was interesting. We enjoyed the walk over the suspension bringe and wandered about the warning sign to evacuate the island if you hear 8 blasgts. We spotted an eagle across the river and a deer foraging in the grass.

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henderson, Nv
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61 reviews 61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Be sure to go out to Ryan Dam. This dam is where the great falls that Lewis and Clark had to deal with. It is a short trip outside Great Falls but you go onto an island over a swinging bridge to see the falls area and the Dam. It is beautiful and historic

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Alberta
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16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I understand why they have dams on this river--and I appreciate they still have falls after the dams--but it would look cooler without them-or if they were less obvious. Still we had a good time driving to each of the dams (on both sides) and checking out the sights. This was our last stop-and it would be a nice place... More

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Well! We spent about 30min looking for this place. After checking into our hotel, the lady at the front desk advised us to go check it out. If you don't catch the road sign right away, prepare to get lost! haha, it was a nice walk, and pretty interesting to see. There are fish just hanging around (but you cannot... More

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New York
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240 reviews 240 reviews
33 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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