Places: Hungry Horse Dam and Reservoir

By Beacon Staff

During your travels this summer, park the car and take a walk across the highest dam in Montana.

The Hungry Horse Dam, completed in 1953, is an immense concrete structure towering 564 feet and has a crest length of 2,115 feet, making it one of the largest dams in the United States. The dam project also created one of the largest manmade reservoirs in the United States with a total capacity of 3,468,000 acre-feet.

Guided tours of the dam start at the visitor center in June and are available every hour.

The areas surrounding the dam and Hungry Horse Reservoir provide ample opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Lion Lake, located between Hungry Horse and the dam, is a perfect place for a family outing. Whether camping or just picnicking, the lake is ideal for first time anglers to learn by wrestling the lake’s stocked trout.

The reservoir itself is open year round to fishing. Fourteen campgrounds and recreation sites speckle the boarder of the reservoir. There are 10 boat ramps with Abbot Bay being the longest on the east side and Lost Johnny Point the longest on the west.

How to get there: From Kalispell, take U.S. Highway 2 through Columbia Falls to Hungry Horse. Following the signs on Highway 2, turn south on Westside Hungry Horse Reservoir Road, which will take you to the dam.

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