Fergus Falls, Minnesota: Broken Down Dam

An attempt to build a dam on the Otter Tail River in 1908 was dissembled by a hidden natural spring. Huge chunks of the old concrete dam still span the river in this city park.

Broken Down Dam Park

Address:
Broken Down Dam Rd, Fergus Falls, MN
Directions:
Take Main St. east out of town until it turns to gravel. Travel for about a mile or so. On your left will be a turn-off for Broken Down Dam Rd, make the left and follow it to the end. At the dead end, you will see a handmade sign for Broken Down Dam. Begin an easy hike north down to the river to the dam.
Hours:
Daylight hours.
Admission:
Free.
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Broken Down Dam. Broken Down Dam

Outside of Fergus Falls on the Otter Tail River is the old Broken Down Dam. Back in 1909, some engineers built a dam on the river, unknowingly right on top of a spring. The spring didn't take long to wash the dam away, leaving giant concrete pieces strewn about in the River like Roman ruins. Very cool, scenic place for something different to do.

[BS Meyer, 12/23/2011]

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