Splash Dam Interpretive Site


photo of interpretive sign

Splash Dam Interpretive Site is one of many interpretive sites on the forest.

Splash Dams

The structure before you is known as a “splash dam” (also referred to as “surge”, or “flash” dams), part of an old transportation system for the movement of logs and railroad ties from the forest to sawmills in the valley.  The process began by dragging or rolling logs into the river bed while water was being stored behind the dam.  When conditions were right, the gate was opened and the logs were “flushed” down to small ponds near the flume entrance.  The flume, a raised wooden V-shaped structure, then carried the ties, with the help of water, to processing facilities near Dayton, Wyoming.  Ties moving down the flume were reported to reach speeds of nearly 80 miles per hour.  Parts of the flume were built as early as 1892 by the Starbird and Hall Logging Company.  Construction of the “splash dam” occurred around 1905.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: No Camping, Pack It In, Pack It Out
Closest Towns: Dayton, WY
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tongue Ranger District

General Information


From Dayton, take US 14 west for about 40.2 miles to Tie Flume/Dead Swede and Forest System Road (FSR) 26 signs. Turn left FSR 26 and go another 9 miles.

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