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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

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A great quick place to impress guests

This is a must see for visitors. The hanging bridge is my favorite. We spend about 30 minutes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lana K
Great Falls, Montana
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This was an interesting area. Besure to walk across the swinging bridge out onto the island and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“swinging bridge”(20 reviews)
“island park”(7 reviews)
“the river”(26 reviews)
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160 Ryan Dam Rd, Great Falls, MT 59404-6006
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First off, the suspension bridge and island closed as of Labor Day, so no access to a better view of the waterfall and can only be viewed from the parking area. I would like to rate this location higher, but because of the short season...More

Thank sireric32
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see for visitors. The hanging bridge is my favorite. We spend about 30 minutes there and absolutely love the treat for the eyes.

Thank Lana K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an interesting area. Besure to walk across the swinging bridge out onto the island and hike the whole island. Pack a picnic lunch. Great day.

Thank RGL127
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit of a drive compared to the dams right in Great Falls, but the best of the bunch. A walking bride takes you to the Island Park (seasonal) below the dam. The historic "electric kitchen" demonstration building is interesting. Great views.

Thank Dennis L
Reviewed 16 August 2018

My husband and I were retracing our honeymoon from 25 years ago. We found the falls just as beautiful this time as last! I feel it is well worth the 20 minute drive out of Great Falls to see the great falls!

Thank Frugalfreda
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Scenic spot. The little island is a great picnic area as well as a vantage point. The entire little park is lovely. Worth a stop.

Thank LB-TX-2014
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Liked the venue, the hydro plant, and the roar of water. Glad I was not in a boat trying to go upstream. Nice walk to island and view of the falls.

Thank Jo S
Reviewed 4 August 2018

The Ryan Dam built on top of the Falls does not take away from the marvelous beauty of these Falls. In fact the wonderful opportunity to educate yourself n early hydroelectric power technology is here for consumption. Stand just feet from where Lewis and Clark...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 27 July 2018

The long drive over a boring stretch of two lane road to Ryan Dam and the Great Falls is probably something that does not need to be done.

Thank njanoffg
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

This was a great stop. The area had a decent amount of rain before so water was rushing over the falls. It really is a sight to see. It is a bit from town, but well worth it.

Thank travels3rd
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12 September 2018|
Response from sireric32 |
Now that I have been there, I will answer my own question. NO! This location is not recommended for motorhomes or trucks and trailers. Shorter motorhomes would be OK as long as you do not have a trailer. This location is 12... More
Shane F
18 June 2017|
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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.
28 April 2015|
Response from jngrooms |
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