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The cache is inside a medium-sized storage container. The cache requires a moderate hike and offers a fantastic view. Located near the clubhouse, this cache is accessible year-round. After finding the cache, you can drive farther down the road and view Ryan Dam and the Great Falls of the Missouri River. If you want to hike to a viewpoint above the falls and find other caches, park at the Ryan Dam trailhead located a half-mile north of Ryan Dam and follow the Northshore Trail upstream.
This geocache is located near the River’s Edge Trail. The 30-mile trail was established as a partnership effort by the City of Great Falls; Cascade County; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; the Montana Department of Transportation; PPL Montana; Recreational Trails Inc.; and a supportive community. The trail is free and open year-round to non-motorized public recreation during daylight hours.
PPL Montana owns and operates 11 dams in Montana. In addition to producing power, these dams provide flood control, irrigation and public recreation, and help protect and enhance fisheries, wildlife, wetlands habitat and water quality.
Built at the crest of the Great Falls of the Missouri, Ryan Dam began operation in 1915. It is 1,366 feet long and 61 feet high, and its reservoir is 7 miles long and has a storage capacity of 5,000 acre-feet. Ryan Dam is part of the Great Falls Portage National Historic Landmark. This was designated by the federal government in 1966 to commemorate Lewis and Clark’s travel around the five falls of the Missouri River in the summer of 1805.
Original contents include bookmark, bouncy ball, rubber frog, First to Find pin, toy car, hand warmers, luggage tag and travel bug.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:26:49 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum