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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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Long drive yields wonderful view of the dam and falls

To get to the dam, you need to drive about 15 miles outside of the city through the prairie. Then you cross the river on a swaying pedestrian suspension bridge to get to an island... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Wanderlust777
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To get to the dam, you need to drive about 15 miles outside of the city through the prairie. Then you cross the river on a swaying pedestrian suspension bridge to get to an island with a fine view of the falls and dam, along with the sheer cliffs along the river. There are toilets at the parking lot and... More 

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Lewistown, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I thought that all of the falls were now under water due to the dams put in place. But this falls, the largest of them all, can still be seen, and shouldn't be missed. It's also a great place for a picnic.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the location of the first falls Lewis & Clark encountered on the Missouri The dam was built on the site. You view the dam from an island reached by a suspension bridge and it has a lively grassy picnic area as well as a covered area. A small walk takes you to the viewing area and explanatory signs.

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Haslett, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There are several scenic overviews, culminating in a view of the dam and a dramatic end, which transforms the Missouri River to a dribble.

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Great Falls, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The island park is a great adventure to hold a picnic and enjoy the power of the dam. A very short hike allows you to view the cascading water from the dam, down the rocks and into the river. On a windy day the mist will cool you off. The sawying bridge to the island is very safe, even though... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drive takes you through wheat fields ,at this time they're golden and ready for harvest. You'll go down hill to the dam area and walk across a swinging bring ( very sturdy). The island had a park with picnic tables in the shade and ones under a pavilion. The waterfall is the largest in the area. There are information... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're a dry lander, you might be impressed by the thin veil of water that elegantly spills over the heavy concrete dam. Hydropower is important, so I won't complain about the dam. But if you are fan of waterfalls, this one will underwhelm. However, if you have read any Lewis and Clark, you will be awestruck by the steep... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a little off the beaten path, but a great view of the Great Falls which were obviously much greater 212 years ago than today...need to stop and check it out anyway.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In mid July, very little water over the falls. Also, the last mile of road to the dam and falls is fairly rough. But I'm sure with the snow melt water, the falls would be great.

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St. George, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

It's a pretty long ways out from the other Missouri attractions, on the other side of the river. Road is not too great also. Because of the dam it's not what it was when Lewis and Clark were there. There is a nice park that would be good for picknicking, but otherwise it's not a great view. And, looking at... More 

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