Libby Dam

Libby Dam is an important part of the Pacific Northwest’s power grid, as well as an important part of the local region where it is located. Libby Dam sits in the northwest corner of Montana, very near to the border with Idaho. The dam creates a huge reservoir behind it which is popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts for a number of reasons. The dam sits west of Whitefish and east of Sandpoint, Idaho. If you visit there be sure to bring your camera because you will need it.

Fun Facts About Lake Libby Dam

-Libby Dam opened following construction in 1975.

-Libby Dam sits on the Kootenai River and is a concrete gravity style dam.

-Libby Dam is 422 feet high.

-Libby Dam measures in at 3,055 feet long.

-The water backed up behind Libby Dam is known as Lake Koocanusa.

-Libby Dam has a power station that is home to five power producing turbine generators.

-The powerplant at Libby Dam is capable of producing 600 megawatts.

-Lake Koocanusa extends 90 miles from behind Libby Dam. 48 of those miles are in the state of Montana and 42 miles of the reservoir sits in British Columbia, Canada.

-The name Koocanusa that is used for the reservoir behind Libby Dam is a combinations of the words Kootenai, Canada, and USA.

-To make way for the rising waters behind Libby Dam, the town of Rexford had to be relocated and the Flathead Railroad Tunnel had to be dug.

-Libby Dam is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

-The powerhouse at Libby Dam is home to five turbine generators.

-Libby Dam’s powerhouse is capable of generating 600 megawatts.

-Electricity produced at Libby Dam provides service to eight states including Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, California, Utah, Oregon, and Nevada.

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