*The Largest Dam in Montana.
*The United States and Canada came together to produce power and a beautiful lake that spans two countries.
The Libby Dam was a project developed by both the United States and Canada. Libby Dam ultimately created Lake Koocanusa which spans two countries, both Canada and the US. The name was created from a write in contest that was won by a Eureka Montana resident. The name comes from Kootenai, Canada and USA. Koo-Can-USA.
Dedicated on August 24, 1975, Libby Dam spans the Kootenai River 17 miles upstream from the town of Libby, Montana. Libby Dam is 422 feet tall and 3,055 feet long. The reservoir behind the dam is Lake Koocanusa; it extends 90 miles upriver from the dam and has a maximum depth of about 370 feet. Forty-two miles of Lake Koocanusa are in British Columbia, Canada. Lake Koocanusa was named for the treaty that was developed between the Kootenai Indians, the Canadian government, and the U.S. government to build the Dam and form the reservoir. It is the fourth dam constructed under the Columbia River Treaty. The Kootenai River is the third largest tributary to the Columbia river, contributing almost 20% of the total water in the lower Columbia.
As it warms up even more, a rainbow of colorful personal watercraft and brightly dressed folks pilot their canoes, kayaks, float tubes, paddleboards, and rafts. Here, you can find not only fish and fun, but the solitude and peace that being "On the Water" brings. Whether you are gently paddling your canoe, kayak or raft across the placid waters of our stunning Lake Koocanusa or one of hundreds of smaller, yet equally breathtaking, lakes or braving the swift currents of the mighty Kootenai River or its tributaries, the serenity and excitement you will find is one of those transformative events you will never forget.
One of the newest trends among those seeking to connect to both themselves and nature is paddle boarding. From a gentle crossing of the water to a full on yoga experience atop these unique craft, it is just one more example of the limitless adventures here.
It’s your choice of going solo or with friends and there are crafts designed for any purpose you may desire. Stay safe and have your charts and maps on hand, as well as your emergency gear. Personal flotation devices are a must. Please avoid nesting areas of waterfowl and birds of prey such as loons and great blue herons. Some of these areas will be marked as "No Wake Zones." Be courteous too, and aware of other crews and crafts. Above all, get out on the water in Kootenai Country Montana and enjoy the beauty of it all!