UPPCO owns and operates 7 hydroelectric dams and 4 storage reservoirs. They are located in Upper Michigan along the Dead River, Escanaba, Ontonagon and Sturgeon rivers.
- Hydroelectric Project Data
Water and flow levels for the 7 hydroelectric dams and 2 storage reservoirs operated by UPPCO.
How Hydro Power Works
Hydro power plants harness the energy of falling water to make electricity. A dam backs up the water, creating a deep reservoir and a higher fall of water. In other words, the reservoir is a form of stored energy. When the water is released, its force turns a turbine. The turbine turns a generator, where electricity is produced.
Winter "Thin Ice" Warning: Every winter, ice that forms near hydroelectric dams is often thin, unsafe and inconsistent. This is because of changing water flows beneath it. This is part of normal hydro dam operations. We take pride in operating our facilities safely and in a manner that respects the environment and the rights of other users of the waterways. Your safety is important to us. As always, avoid any winter recreational activities on ice near hydroelectric facilities.