• A stator in the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee.
  • The penstocks above the water at Hoover Dam
  • The top of Shasta Dam in California
  • An automated gate structure on a canal in Washington.
  • An aerial photo of the sunsetting at Ruedi Reservoir in Colorado.


The Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center will open May 26 for the 2012 summer season. The dam is located off State Highway 2 in Hungry Horse, Mont. Directional signs lead drivers from the highway to the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors are invited to explore exhibits featuring the construction, history, purpose and benefits of Hungry Horse Dam. They can also experience a virtual dam tour through video and computer simulation.

Visitors can request guided tours on the top of the dam, which are offered seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the 30-minute tour, Reclamation guides point out the unique features of the 564 foot concrete structure.

The Visitor Center and tours are free. Parking is restricted to designated areas and no parking is permitted on top of the dam.

Hungry Horse Dam, completed in 1953, is on the south fork of the Flathead River. It is a multipurpose facility that produces hydroelectricity, manages flood control efforts, and is a popular location for recreation.

For additional information call (406) 387-5241.

Released: May 18, 2012