Little Goose Dam
|Little Goose Dam|
From the north side of the Snake River
|Location||Columbia / Whitman counties, Washington, USA|
|Construction began||June 1963|
|Operator(s)||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
|Dam and spillways|
|Type of dam||Concrete-gravity, run-of-the-river|
|Height||98 ft (30 m)|
|Length||2,655 ft (809 m)|
|Elevation at crest||643 ft (196 m) above sea level|
|Spillway type||Service, gate-controlled|
|Total capacity||516,300 acre·ft (0.6368 km3)|
|Surface area||10,025 acres (40.57 km2)|
|Turbines||6 x 135–153 MW (181,000–205,000 hp) units|
|Installed capacity||932 MW (1,250,000 hp)|
Little Goose Lock and Dam is a hydroelectric, concrete, run-of-the-river dam in Columbia and Whitman counties in the state of Washington, on the Snake River. The dam is located 9 miles (14 km) northeast of the town of Starbuck, and 25 miles (40 km) north of Dayton.
Construction began in June 1963 on what was Little Goose Island. The main structure and three generators were completed in 1970, with an additional three generators finished in 1978. Generating capacity is 810 megawatts (1,090,000 hp), with an overload capacity of 932 megawatts (1,250,000 hp). The spillway has eight gates and is 512 feet (156 m) long.
Little Goose Dam is part of the Columbia River Basin system of dams.
Lake Bryan, named for Doctor Enoch A. Bryan, is formed behind the dam. The lake stretches to the base of Lower Granite Dam, 237 miles (381 km) upstream. Lake Herbert G. West, formed from Lower Monumental Dam runs 28 miles (45 km) downstream from the base of the dam.
- Navigation lock
- 86 feet (26 m) wide
- 668 feet (204 m) long
- List of dams in the Columbia River watershed
- Lower Granite Dam
- Ice Harbor Dam
- Lower Monumental Dam
- Little Goose Dam in Grand Forks County, North Dakota
- "The Four Lower Snake River Dams". Bluefish.org. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- "The Columbia River System Inside Story" (PDF). BPA.gov. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 17 July 2010.
- "Little Goose's handy site will speed dam building". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. March 2, 1963. p. 6.
- "Little Goose Dam moving ahead". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. (photo). September 3, 1963. p. 6.
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