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Ryan Island on Missouri River will open on Mother’s Day

Posted at 1:05 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 15:05:45-04

GREAT FALLS – Ryan Island Park, the public recreational area at Ryan Dam on the Missouri River, will open Sunday, May 12.

NorthWestern Energy reported its crew has worked to get Ryan Island ready for the summer season.

Ryan Island is in the middle of the Missouri River connected by a suspension bridge over the power plant wash of Ryan Dam.

Ryan Dam is a six-unit hydroelectric plant. You can also access the River’s Edge Trail from that point.

The picnic area is open to the public from Mother’s Day to Labor Day daylight to dark, seven days a week. Reservations are not required.

Courtesy: Erin Granger/NorthWestern Energy

The historic Ryan Dam Clubhouse, located above the picnic area, has stoves, refrigerators, a reception hall, and restrooms that are available free of charge. Reservations are required for its use.

The popular area is a part of the Great Falls Portage National Historic Landmark, which was designated by the federal government in 1966 to commemorate Lewis and Clark’s travel around the five falls of the Missouri River in 1805.

Click here to read more about Ryan Dam and Ryan Island Park, which is located at 160 Ryan Dam Road.