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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 Tribe's celebration of their acquisition of the dam, the Tribal Council announced renaming the complex to reflect the three confederated tribes.
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  • Great climb good to have kids ages 10 or above as it is a tough climb for younger kids ......fun to do and great scenery steps are small but lots of them and remember you do have to climb back up. No....  more »
  • The view from the look out just downstream of Kerr Dam is spectacular, especially during the Spring freschet [May and early June are the highest water flows] when the waters are being spilled over...  more »

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