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Ryan Dam - Great Falls of the Missouri

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Great place for all. Great for picnics,relaxing,and birthday and wedding parties. Free picnic... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Tom R
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Great Falls, Montana
via mobile
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 8 September 2018
Lana K
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Great Falls, Montana
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All reviews swinging bridge island park labor day picnic tables the river lewis and clark north shore parking area off the beaten path mile drive worth the short drive water flow beautiful area worth the trip nice walk picnic lunch black eagle
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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Great place for all. Great for picnics,relaxing,and birthday and wedding parties. Free picnic tables views. Restrooms.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tom R
Reviewed 12 September 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sireric32
Reviewed 8 September 2018 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.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lana K
Reviewed 7 September 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RGL127
Reviewed 19 August 2018

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank njanoffg
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idahospud9
18 October 2018|
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Response from Jerry V | Reviewed this property |
You would have to park upstream and walk down to dam. There is a path on either side of river, hope this helps.
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sireric32
12 September 2018|
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Response from RGL127 | Reviewed this property |
We drove right to the parking area in our Jeep. I don't know about a gate.
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Shane F
18 June 2017|
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Response from RGL127 | Reviewed this property |
I suppose...didn't see any sings saying otherwise. We didn't but that doesn't mean you can or can't.
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