Hungry Horse Dam & Reservoir

HungryHorseDamHungry Horse Dam is one of the largest concrete arch dams in the US, standing 564 feet tall and offering a rare opportunity to walk or drive across it. Completed in 1953, the dam was constructed to store water for the Columbia River Power System which includes the Grand Coulee Dam downstream in Washington. The dam and Visitor Center are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation and are well worth a visit to discover its history and soak in the views.

Upstream of the dam stretches Hungry Horse Reservoir 34 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, surrounded by 25 majestic mountain peaks. While most large reservoirs are inundated with water sports enthusiasts, the Hungry Horse reservoir enjoys a relatively secret existence. A rarely heard of drive around the entire reservoir is possible on a mostly gravel road, which also offers access to several boat launches and trail heads. This is remote lake and mountain terrain with lush forest and undergrowth, infamous huckleberries, and teeming with native wildlife including our notorious grizzly and black bears.

Camping, boating and the many variations thereof at Hungry Horse Reservoir are very popular among the locals. In summer you may spot campers sunning themselves on islands, or a herd of stand-up-paddle-boarders crawling across the lake’s surface. Motor boats are popular too, with miles and miles to explore and vantages to find. Throughout the summer, foragers are also common sites – folks who go out to gather wild morel mushrooms and huckleberries to sell them to the locavore restaurant market. When you head to Hungry Horse Reservoir, don’t forget to bring a plant identification guide and a container for your berry finds!

January 2016 President’s Message

01 Jan

This time last year I penned a President’s message predicting that 2015 would be a strong year for our area businesses and our local communities, and (lucky for me) the year certainly delivered on my promises. In 2015, we welcomed a new medical facility, a new retail anchor, the ground-breaking of a new hotel and […]

November 2015 President’s Message

01 Nov

Greetings Chamber Members, I think it is safe to say the word is out about how wonderful our city of Columbia Falls is to do business in. With news of a long awaited hotel in the heart of town, new retail store Murdoch’s opening soon and welcome investments by multiple entrepreneurs on Nucleus Avenue, we […]

September 2015 President’s Message

01 Sep

Greetings Chamber Members, What an incredible summer we have had in Columbia Falls and our surrounding communities. Anna Stene and the Visitor Center staff have been weathering the storm of fires, smoke, road closures and media spin with positive messaging while greeting visitors at two Visitor Information Centers this year, both in town and in […]

March 2015 President’s Message

01 Mar

So far 2015’s weather has been an anomaly and I keep overhearing the question – can it be Spring already? Weather aside, the activities of our seasonal member businesses indicate that indeed, Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. Marc Ducharme, General Manager of Xanterra’s Glacier Park Lodges reported at their February […]