Holcomb Rock Dam

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Holcomb Rock Dam
Holcomb Rock Dam is located in Virginia
Holcomb Rock Dam
Location of Holcomb Rock Dam in Virginia
Location Bedford County, Virginia / Amherst County, Virginia, U.S.
Coordinates 37°30′36.15″N 79°15′57.11″W / 37.5100417°N 79.2658639°W / 37.5100417; -79.2658639Coordinates: 37°30′36.15″N 79°15′57.11″W / 37.5100417°N 79.2658639°W / 37.5100417; -79.2658639
Purpose Power
Status In use
Opening date 1850
Owner(s) Holcomb Rock Company
Operator(s) Holcomb Rock Company
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Impounds James River
Height 39 ft (12 m)
Length 644 ft (196 m)
Spillway type weir
Power Station
Operator(s) Holcomb Rock Company
Hydraulic head 18

The Holcomb Rock Dam is a concrete dam across the James River near Lynchburg, Virginia. The project consists of a concrete dam across the river, an earthen embankment canal on the right bank, and a power house where water is discharged to generate electricity.[1][2] Per the 2008 annual generation report, the project generated 6,089,209 KW-hours.[3]

The dam is located downstream of the larger Coleman Falls Dam.


  1. ^ US Army Corps of Engineers National Inventory of Dams, NIDID VA00921
  2. ^ Dam Safety Inspection Report by Atlanta Regional Office for Holcomb Rock Hydroelectric, Project No. 2901 for the Period April 26, 2010 to September 19, 2013. December 18, 2014. FERC Ascension Number 20141218-5302. FERC Project P-2901.
  3. ^ Holcomb Rock Co submits their Annual Generation report for the period of 10/1/07 - 9/30/08 under P-2901. FERC Ascension Number 20090115-0065. FERC Project Number P-2901. January 5, 2009.