Kootenai Falls, Libby Montana:
Just outside of Libby we spotted a roadside sign pointing out a historic
viewpoint. Since we had been on the road awhile at this point, it
seemed like a great opportunity to take a closer look at the magnificent
views around us.
Vast amounts of water from snow melt coming out of British Columbia
caused the Libby Dam to need to release the excess resulting in the
Kootenai River to run at flood stage during our visit. The day of
our visit the river was running at 65,000 cfs and the falls were
completely different from a normal day. The power of the water roaring
over the falls was mesmerizing and hypnotic. A truly fantastic sight
From LibbyMT.com: "Downstream
from Libby, the Kootenai River enters a canyon and flows over Kootenai
Falls, one of the largest free-flowing waterfalls in the northwest.
The falls and surrounding area are considered sacred to the Kootenai
Indians whose ancestors inhabited the region. A forest trail leads
from the highway parking lot down to the Swinging Bridge and makes
a nice hike that is not too strenuous. Kootenai Falls was the setting
for the filming of the movie, "River
Wild"....The calm river suddenly gathers momentum surging first
through China Rapids and then over Kootenai Falls, dropping 90 feet
in less than a mile."