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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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We really wanted to see the falls, but were worried after a few miles that we were not going the right way. We found it, though, and it was so worth it. The drive through the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 September 2016
Janice481
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Rhe experience was really good by walking my dog pnd listening to the water come off the dam. The only bad thing was that the island wasn't open

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Silverthorne, Colorado
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We drove to see all five great falls on the Missouri. Every single one is dammed up or underwater. So at most you see what trickles out of the spillways and hydroelectric plants over the rocks that were once great falls!

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We really wanted to see the falls, but were worried after a few miles that we were not going the right way. We found it, though, and it was so worth it. The drive through the flatlands was actually nice. We saw antelope and a coyote, then rabbits and mule deer. It was cold and windy the day we went... More 

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Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

One of the best picnic areas around Great Falls. It looks a bit barren on the drive but you drop down on the river below the dam. Great facilities and lots of tables. There is also an area for large groups. There is also a large eagles nest at the far end of the island. This year there were three... More 

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Great Falls, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Came here for the first time this year and really enjoyed seeing what the "Great Falls" were like. I came here in the summer so there wasn't a lot of water on the falls but hear if you go in the spring time it's really neat to see. There is a great grassy area for picnics with tables that is... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

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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