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Libby Dam Lookout - Libby, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 24.702 W 115° 19.253
11U E 624252 N 5363422
Quick Description: This is one of several viewing opportunities on the west side of Libby Dam and Lake Kookanusa.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 12/4/2014 1:47:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMN0XC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 2

Long Description:
This viewpoint is at a pullout on Forestry Highway 228 as it passes Libby Dam. The pullout is directly above the Libby Dam Visitor Centre and a bit south of the dam itself. From this viewpoint one can get an appreciation of the size of the dam. One may see across the valley and down to the Kootenai River as it spills from the dam far below. Southward one sees the Kootenai River disappear in the distance while to the north Kootenai Lake also disappears in the distance.

Libby dam was originally conceived as a flood control dam to mitigate flooding downstream on the Kootenai River. Its reservoir, Lake Koocanusa, was named for the treaty formed among the Kootenai Indians and the Canadian and U.S. governments.

The 422 foot high, 3055 foot long concrete gravity dam was built and is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The five generators in the powerhouse are capable of generating 600 Megawatts of electricity.

The dam is 17 miles north of Libby, MT on Highway 37.

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Describe - Highway or Road number: Highway 228

Closest town or city: Libby, MT

Number of parking spots available: 10

Name if a website describes this location.: [Web Link]

Winter View: yes

Summer View: yes

Year around access ?: yes

Comfort station on site: no

Is a photo of an "Information Sign"included?: Yes

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