Thompson Falls Dam
Thompson Falls Dam is a dam in Sanders County, Montana, in the northwestern part of the state.
- the Main Channel Dam (ID # MT00224), 54 feet high
- the Dry Channel Dam (ID # MT83013), 38 feet high
- Intake Dam A (ID # MT83014), 53 feet high
- Intake Dam B (ID # MT83015), 110 feet high
Operations here began in 1915 with original construction on a set of natural falls. Today, the four dams together impound an upstream reservoir, with a water storage capacity of 8300 acre-feet, and a seven-unit hydroelectric generation capacity of 94 megawatts.
Montana Power Company originally built the dam, PPL Corporation purchased it in 1997 and sold it to NorthWestern Corporation in 2014. The island between the dams contains a public park with hiking trails, picnic tables, and scenic overlooks.