Brazeau Reservoir

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Brazeau Reservoir
Brazeau Dam Power Plant
Location Brazeau County, Central Alberta
Coordinates 52°56′53″N 115°38′21″W / 52.94806°N 115.63917°W / 52.94806; -115.63917 (Brazeau Reservoir)Coordinates: 52°56′53″N 115°38′21″W / 52.94806°N 115.63917°W / 52.94806; -115.63917 (Brazeau Reservoir)
Type man-made reservoir
Primary inflows Brazeau River
Primary outflows Brazeau River
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 13 kilometres (8.1 mi)
Max. width 6 kilometres (3.7 mi)

Brazeau Reservoir is a large man made reservoir in Alberta, Canada.

It is located in Brazeau County of central Alberta, 55 kilometres (34 mi) south-west of Drayton Valley.

It was developed along the Brazeau River, at the confluence with Elk River, in the hydrographic basin of the North Saskatchewan River.

Energy production[edit]

The dam and hydroelectric plant are managed by TransAlta. The plant produces 394,000 MW·h per year, with a capacity of 355 megawatts.[1] Brazeau Reservoir is the largest hydroelectric plant owned by TransAlta.

An unusual feature of this hydroelectric development commissioned in 1965 is a pump system capable of lifting water from the reservoir into the 20 kilometres (12 mi) long canal leading to the power plant so that it can operate at low reservoir water levels.


The Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area is established near the lake,[2] upstream from the dam and another three campgrounds dot its shores[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ TransAlta. "Brazeau". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ Alberta Tourism. "Brazeau Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area". Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Brazeau Reservoir". Brazeau County. Archived from the original on March 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.