Ryan Dam

After nearly three years here, I *finally* visited Ryan Dam – and loved it. It was really beautiful, even on this very cloudy day. It was about 12 miles from Great Falls, and very easy to find. Once there, I crossed the gently-swaying bridge to the island, where there were a couple of wedding parties, and enjoyed the view of the falls, the river, the cliffs, and the island itself. I took some pix with my phone, although its 640×480 resolution is not well-suited to such splendor. I had originally planned to attend an short interpretive walk a few hundred yards up from the island, courtesy of the MT FWP service, but I was running 30 minutes late, so I just went on down to the island. While I was enjoying the view, I crossed paths with an FWP staffer named Chris Dantic; we struck up a conversation, he handed me some nifty brochures about the Dam and Falls, and it turns out that he was the one who conducts the interpretive tours — nice guy, full of information about the entire Great Falls area — thanks, Chris! I learned that when Lewis & Clark referenced the “Great Falls” of the Missouri, it was actually Ryan Falls that they were talking about. Quite a stunning location — ideal for picnics, parties, and just basking in some natural beauty.

9 thoughts on “Ryan Dam”

  1. Ryan Dam is quite possible one of the most beautiful places on earth. My parents live there. My
    dad works for PPL, and that’s who you want to call regarding a wedding out there. I’m not sure
    of the number you want to call, as I live in Connecticut now. Good luck!

  2. You mentioned seeing a couple wedding parties – is it a nice place for a wedding? Did it take place in the picnic area or another place? Would appreciate some comments here for ideas for wedding venue. Thanks.

  3. From the PPL website:

    Ryan Dam Clubhouse Information

    Reservations must be made by e-mailing Mich Ostertag at [email protected] or by calling 406-268-2324. PPL Montana provides cleaning supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage cans and garbage bags. All we ask is that guests clean up the area before they leave.

    When I called about having my wedding there several years ago, they were booked well over a year in advance. So plan ahead! =)

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