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Address: Pierre, SD
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Dam and power plant.

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See the inner works!

This is a large earthen dam with tours that allow you to view the turbines and learn first hand how the dam works. An elevator takes you down, down, down. It is a bit noisy but it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
explore852
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South Dakota
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South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This is a large earthen dam with tours that allow you to view the turbines and learn first hand how the dam works. An elevator takes you down, down, down. It is a bit noisy but it is very informative. Stop by the visitor center for hands on educational information on the dam and area wildlife, then go to the... More 

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Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Typical Spartan Corps of Engineers operating facility. An example of civil engineering at its best-and most expensive. You'll have to figure what's going on for yourself though.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Not really much to see unless you do the power plant tour, but it is interesting to see the area in general. Person at the site was very well versed on the dam.

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Custer, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We toured this and it was very interesting information. I don't think our kids were as excited about it, but it was well worth our time to gain the knowledge. I don't think that we would do this all the time, but something to refresh our knowledge of every 5 - 7 years as the kids grow.

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Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Just love the lake and the views from every location. From the grebe's in the water to the cows swimming in the edge, very pretty and relaxing- it is a huge lake which makes you feel like you are all alone out there when boating! And we were there over the 4th of July weekend

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We had an opportunity to have a guided tour around the dam and to see the dam works on a daily. There was a few of us on the tour all American by us two Brits. The tour was well organised and guide knew a lot about the working of the dam. Well recommended.

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351 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

We parked up by the visitor's center and walked around the top of the dam near the historical church. There were people swimming down by the lake in what appeared to be a place to put boats in or fish. It was amazingly beautiful as it was very peaceful and close to sunset when we were there. There was a... More 

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WY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Once a Corp of Engineer park, now a SD State Park with spacious, partially shaded sites, and dump-station with potable water and some spigots dispersed in camp area--fishermen's paradise. Great area to enjoy just watching as well: birds and boaters on river downstream from Dam. Camp fees are a reasonable $19 but SD charges Day-use fee ($6/vehicle--coach w/dinghy is 1)... More 

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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the visitors center first, a very nice and exceptionally helpful staff let us wander the center waiting for our 'dam' tour. They are very knowledgeable about history, flora and fauna. We recieved a great tour of the 100 + year old chapel/school. Our tour into the power plant of the dam was impressive, but felt a little... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

Great view, great fishing. Just north of Pierre,SD. Construction started in 1948 and was completed in 1962 with President Kennedy doing the Dedication. It also has camping cabins, swimming beach and a campground and a small restaurant with a convenience store attached with fishing and camping supplies. There is also a boat dock to go boating or fishing. A great... More 

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