Foote Dam

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Foote Dam
Foote Dam, Oscoda MI.jpg
Foote Dam
Foote Dam is located in Michigan
Foote Dam
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Oscoda Township, Iosco County, Michigan
Coordinates 44°26′07″N 83°26′26″W / 44.435335°N 83.440604°W / 44.435335; -83.440604Coordinates: 44°26′07″N 83°26′26″W / 44.435335°N 83.440604°W / 44.435335; -83.440604
Opening date 1918
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment dam
Power Station
Installed capacity 9 MW

Foote Dam is a hydro-electric dam on the Au Sable River in Michigan.


This hydro-electric dam was completed in 1918 and has a capacity of 9,000 kilowatts.[1] It is located 9 miles upstream from Lake Huron and is named for William A. Foote, the founder of Consumers Power, which later became Consumers Energy. In 1896, Foote took a side trip from Kalamazoo to Allegan, where he conceived the idea of a hydroelectric plant along the Kalamazoo River. In Foote's mind, that plant and others would power the industrial centers throughout the state.[2]

The dam is privately owned and operated by Consumers Energy.