AAA Editor Notes
Libby Dam is 13.5 mi. e. on SR 37, then 3.5 mi. n. on FR 228, following signs. Built 1966-72 to generate power and control flooding on the Kootenai River, the straight-axis dam is 422 feet high and 3,055 feet long. Its reservoir, Lake Koocanusa, extends 90 miles upstream and into British Columbia.
The Libby Dam Visitor Center, off FR 228, has interpretive displays and interactive exhibits about natural history, river navigation, flood control and electricity generation. A theater screens a 9-minute video describing the construction of the dam as well as a 10-minute video about Army Corps of Engineers dams on the Columbia River system.
Free ranger-led, 1-hour tours are available. Following the Kootenai River and Lake Koocanusa via SR 37, the 67-mile-long Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway stretches between Libby and Eureka.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.