Townshend Dam

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Townshend Lake, Vermont

Townshend Dam (National ID # VT00004) is a dam in Townshend, Windham County, Vermont.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1961 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with a height of 126 feet and a length of 1700 feet at its crest.[1] It impounds Vermont's West River for flood control and seasonal storm water management. The dam is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.[2]

The riverine reservoir it creates, Townshend Lake, has a normal water surface of 95 acres, a maximum storage capacity of 54,300 acre-feet, and a normal storage capacity of 800 acre-feet.[3] Recreation includes fishing (for smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout), boating and hiking,[4] along with facilities at the nearby Townshend State Park.[5]


Coordinates: 43°03′10″N 72°42′10″W / 43.05266°N 72.70269°W / 43.05266; -72.70269