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Ahsahka, Idaho: Dworshak Dam: Tallest in the Western Hemisphere

Twice-daily tours explore inside and outside, for those who want the thrill of a Hoover Dam tour without the crowds. Dworshak Dam is only nine feet shorter than Hoover, and is the tallest straight-axis dam in the western hemisphere.

Address:
1842 Viewpoint Rd, Ahsahka, ID
Directions:
From US-12 in Orofino, turn north (no stoplight) and cross the bridge across the Clearwater River. Turn left at the train tracks (no stoplight) onto Riverside Ave. Drive 4.5 miles. Turn right (no stoplight) at the blue Dam sign onto Viewpoint Rd/A Rd. Drive two miles. Turn right (no stoplight) onto A Rd. Drive a half-mile to the Visitor Center parking lot.
Hours:
Visitor center summer daily 8:30-4:30, off-season M-F. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
208-476-1255
Admission:
Donations welcome.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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Dworshak Dam: Largest in Idaho

Spanning the Clearwater River, the Dworshak Dam is 717 feet high and 3,287 feet wide -- only nine feet shorter than the Hoover Dam. It's the tallest straight-axis dam in the western hemisphere. There are two scheduled tours: one usually at 10 AM and the other at about 1 PM. A guide will take you deep inside the dam, then take you up in an elevator where you can walk about one-half the distance across the top.

[Karen Pearson, 07/26/2023]

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