Rock River Beach Dam P-14345

General information

Waterway  Rock River
Current status   Active license 
Type of facility Conventional Hydro
Mode of hydropower generation Run-of-river
Type of permit FERC License

FERC information

FERC docket # P-14345
FERC project name Rock River Beach
Permit issued 10/30/14
Permit expiration 10/26/44

Ownership and operation

Owner Rock River Beach, Inc.
Owner type Private Non-utility
Year first online (conventional hydro) 1990

Power and generating capacity

Number of units 2
Total capacity from hydraulic turbine-generator units within each plant 0.0 MW
Average annual net hydropower generation 18.0 MWH

The 8-kilowatt (kW) project is located at the existing Rock River dam on the Rock River in Alger County, Michigan. The Rock River flows into the Lake Superior. The dam is located about 300 ft upstream of the Lake Superior.

The dam was constructed in 1923 and is currently owned and operated by Rock River Beach. The dam started generating power from 1940 and the power is used to light cabins in the area. In 1948, the project was connected to the interstate power grid.

The new 30-year license was issued in November 2014 to Rock River Beach, Inc.

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