Near Bonners Ferry in Boundary County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Moyie River Canyon
Constructed in 1964, the 1223 ft. long steel truss bridge spans the Moyie River Canyon at a height of 464 ft. It replaces the old bridge built in 1923 and 1.25 miles of narrow, winding highway. It is the second highest bridge in Idaho, exceeded only by the 476 ft. high Perinne Memorial Bridge across the Snake River near Twin Falls.
The power dam, constructed by the City of Bonners Ferry, supplies electricity to the surrounding area. The original dam built in 1921 was razed in 1959 on completion of the new dam. The spillway is 83 ft. high and the drop is 212 ft. from top of dam to lower pool. Niagara Falls has a drop of 168 ft.
The 100 mile long Moyie River has its headwaters in British Columbia and flows to the Pacific Ocean by way of the Kootenai and Columbia Rivers.
This Viewpoint and Rest Area is maintained by the Idaho Department of Highways.
Below is the Moyie River, passing through this canyon and flowing toward its confluence with the Kootenai River, approximately 1.5 miles downstream. The river flows south from Canada and at this location is flanked by narrow terraces and steep rocky slopes. Also visible is the Movie River Hydroelectric Project, owned and operated by the City of Bonners Ferry for
Location. 48° 43.631′ N, 116° 10.594′ W. Marker is near Bonners Ferry, Idaho, in Boundary County. Marker is on U.S. 2 0.4 miles south of Old US Highway 2, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is high on the hill above U.S. Highway 2 just beyond the southern end of the bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Bonners Ferry ID 83805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other Pelton Wheel (approx. 6½ miles away).
More about this marker. Access to the marker is via a service road on the west side of U.S. Highway 2, about 2/10 mile south of the bridge.
Also see . . .
1. Moyie River Overlook and Bridge.
The Moyie River flows through one of Idaho's most impressive canyons. Standing less than 100 feet tall, Moyie Falls is one of the highest volume waterfalls in Northern Idaho. Thundering out of a 10 foot wide slot in the canyon, the Moyie River explodes 70 feet into a palisade of white thunder and mist in an impressive gorge before cascading another 25 feet. Though the falls have been harnessed for hydroelectric production, they remain impressive all year long with the best views during the spring melt. (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Moyie River Bridge.
One of the highest deck truss bridges in the world, the Moyie River bridge is located just south of the Canadian border in the U.S. state of Idaho. Far less known than the Perrine bridge in Idaho Falls, the Moyie crossing is nearly as high at 464 feet (141 mtrs). Constructed in 1964, the current span bypassed more than a mile of twisting road that descended to the bottom of the canyon where it crossed a bridge built in 1923. The Moyie River begins in British Columbia, Canada and flows into (Submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 533 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 7, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.