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“Ryan Dam family picnic spot”

Ranked #5 of 35 things to do in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

This is a family picnic area that has a swinging bridge entrance, which is quite fun for the adventurous. Above the picnic grounds there is a viewing area of the dam and the Great Falls of the Missouri. The road to get there is in poor shape but the trip is worth it! The road going down to the parking area also has a community building that one can host family reunions, weddings, etc at and I understand the use of the building is at no cost, but reservations are hard to come by.

5  Thank Lora D
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

this is one of several places that are fixtures of Great Falls history and scenic values, just out of town, easy to get there by auto, see the famous island where one of the first electric stoves was showcased, and see one of the great engineering projects that harnessed the power of the mighty Mo. Whatever your ecological persuasion, go. You will thank me.

1  Thank algologist
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

We loved the water falls, scenery, the walk around over the swinging bridge was alittle scary! The island was neat, there are picnic tables. When we were leaving a deer jumped out in front of our car .

1  Thank Lynda S
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Lewis and Clark arrived here on the Expedition and faced the task of portaging around five falls. Great Falls is the first. An island park at the foot of the falls is open from Mother's Day to Labor Day, and you have wonderful views from there. Ryan Dam sits just behind the falls, controlling the water flow over the falls, but they remain impressive. Photographers: a zoom lens with reach is nice here due to the variety of shots that are available. Bring your sack lunch and stay for a while.

3  Thank FredPurdue
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We just happened to drive by this area and stopped for a look out--glad we did! Love the walking paths all along the river in Great Falls---great way to get some exercise and see the city.

2  Thank jav88
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