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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT
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A Must See

If you like Lewis and Clark history you must make the effort to go see the Great Falls. Yes they... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2017
MrsPickle
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Huntington Beach, California
via mobile
Out of the way but fairly worth it for the history of it all

This is a ways out of town, but we felt compelled to see the Falls while visiting Great Falls... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2017
Kay M
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Augusta, GA
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  • Average15%
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“swinging bridge” (20 reviews)
“island park” (7 reviews)
“labor day” (9 reviews)
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Ryan Dam Road, Great Falls, MT
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"bring a picnic lunch"
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"off the beaten path"
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"mile drive"
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"worth the short drive"
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"beautiful area"
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"worth the trip"
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

If you like Lewis and Clark history you must make the effort to go see the Great Falls. Yes they are nothing like they were when L&C had to portage their boats around the Falls but still dramatic to imagine what it was like. There...More

Thank MrsPickle
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

This is a ways out of town, but we felt compelled to see the Falls while visiting Great Falls, especially the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. You can only imagine the sight of the Falls as seen by Meriwether Lewis, but imagine is the operative...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

A nice place to visit off the beaten path. Has a nice picnic area and view of the dam. Would recommend a visit.

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

This is a fun park that's off the beaten path. There is plenty of room for the kids to explore while the adults have a picnic. You won't be disappointed.

Thank ErinF406
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

As other reviewers have stated the large hydroelectric dam destroys the optics for anyone wanted to see what the Discovery team saw. Yet, history buffs need to go. It would be helpful if the Dam released enough water to imagine the original views.

Thank KLTraveler128
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

The flow of the dam had been reduced to one pipe's worth when we visited. It looks like they are doing work on the top of the dam. It was still interesting to see and the walk across the swinging bridge on to the island...More

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Reviewed August 6, 2017

These were the Great Falls that stymied Lewis and Clark in their boat trip up the Missouri. Now tamed (and partially ruined for the visitor) by a dam, they are still worth the drive from the city of Great Falls. You cross a swinging bridge...More

1  Thank Thomas F
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Great view, nice park and over look and neat swinging bridge to get you over to it. Take a picnic lunch, there are picnic tables both covered and uncovered. Listen to the roar of the falls.

Thank nc2gulf57
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Reviewed June 29, 2017

The site is impressive by its size and the combination of the dam and falls. It is also impressive because of its significance in the Lewis and Clark journey. The swing bridge and island park add a fun touch to the experience.

Thank claude_monnier
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Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

The falls are only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Great Falls. A nice trail leads to an island with good signs explaining what one can see and how it has changed. Being deep in the gorge gives one a sense of what the...More

Thank Wallace D
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Shane F
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Response from Moerygar65 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if your supposed too, but most do that want to, just be responsible.
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April 28, 2015|
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It is variable since it all depends on water levels year round. May/June is typically a good time to try since Spring runoff will typically raise river water levels sufficiently to have all or most of the gates opened to... More
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