What is Oahe?
Oahe is pronounced
ō wä' hē.
Dam takes its name from the Oahe Indian Mission established
among the Lakota Sioux Indians in 1874. The word "Oahe"
roughly translated means
foundation" or "a place to stand on".
located 4 miles north of Pierre, is a vital dam on
the Missouri River. It stretches 1.8 miles across
the river and is 245 feet high.The dam serves many
purposes, including hydroelectric power, flood
control, improvement of navigation, and irrigation.
Construction for the
Oahe Dam began in 1948 by the Corps of Engineers and
was completed in 1962 when it began generating
the reservoir created by the Oahe Dam, stretches 250
miles upstream to Bismarck, North Dakota. It is the
fourth largest man-made reservoir in the United
States and has 2,250 miles shoreline, which is more
the coast of
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