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Kerr Dam, Polson

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The Kerr Dam, officially known since 2015 as the Seli’š Ksanka Qlispe’ Dam, is a concrete gravity-arch dam located at river mile 72 of the Flathead River. Built in 1938, it raises the level and increases the size of Flathead Lake near Polson, Montana. The dam was designed to generate hydroelectricity but also serves recreational and irrigation uses.

The dam was originally named after Frank Kerr, president of the Montana Power Company, which undertook the construction, with federal assistance during the Great Depression. The construction provided numerous jobs at a critical time. The dam is located within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes operated it jointly with successive electric companies. In 2015 the tribes and their energy company completed purchase of the dam. On September 5, 2015, during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' celebration of their acquisition of the dam, the Tribal Council announced renaming the complex to reflect the three confederated tribes.
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  • Like the Hoover Dam but smaller scale, but still amazing. We were so glad we did the hike to the top. Amazing structure and good exercise....highly recommend! 
    Like the Hoover Dam but smaller scale, but still amazing. We were so glad we did the hike to the top. Amazing structure and good exercise....highly recommend!  more »
  • Off the beaten path, beautiful views. We visited on a Friday in July and we were the only people there. It’s about 300 steps down to viewing area, with benches to stop and rest on the way up. The dam....  more
    Off the beaten path, beautiful views. We visited on a Friday in July and we were the only people there. It’s about 300 steps down to viewing area, with benches to stop and rest on the way up. The dam....  more »

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