Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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The Thompson Falls Dam is a great pit stop to stretch your legs. The dam was built in 1915 over a set of natural waterfalls on the Clark Fork River. It is currently operated by the NorthWestern Coporation. There is a park on the island in the middle of the river with hiking trails and scenic views. There are deer, turkey, and multipe species of waterfowl that frequent the island.

In 2008, a permit was approved to build a fish ladder. The fish ladder allows the native fish of the Clark Fork River to swim upstream to spawn. This is especially helpful for the native bull trout, which are federally protected. The ladder operates from March until October every year.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Historical. Interesting.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Family friendly
Vault toilet
Historically significant
Fishing
Big Game Watching
Bird watching
Near lake or river

Location

Field Guide

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