Moore Reservoir

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Moore Reservoir
Moore Reservoir.JPG
LocationGrafton County and Coos County, New Hampshire;
Caledonia County and Essex County, Vermont
Coordinates44°20′6″N 71°52′32″W / 44.33500°N 71.87556°W / 44.33500; -71.87556Coordinates: 44°20′6″N 71°52′32″W / 44.33500°N 71.87556°W / 44.33500; -71.87556
TypeReservoir
Primary inflowsConnecticut River
Primary outflowsConnecticut River
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length9.8 mi (15.8 km)
Max. width2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Surface area3,181 acres (12.87 km2)
Average depth60 feet (18 m)
Max. depth120 feet (37 m)
Surface elevation806 ft (246 m)
SettlementsLittleton and Dalton, New Hampshire;
Waterford and Concord, Vermont

Moore Reservoir is an impoundment on the Connecticut River located in the communities of Littleton, New Hampshire; Dalton, New Hampshire; Waterford, Vermont; and Concord, Vermont. It occupies approximately 3,181 acres (12.87 km2).[1]

It was created by the completion of the Moore Dam in 1956, which caused the flooding of several villages, including Pattenville, New Hampshire, and old Waterford, Vermont.[2] Moore Dam is now owned and operated by TransCanada Corporation. With a capacity of 192 megawatts, it is the most productive of TransCanada's thirteen hydroelectric facilities in New England.[3]

The lake is classified as a cold- and warmwater fishery, with observed species including brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, chain pickerel, bullpout, northern pike, and rock bass.[1]

Separated from the main reservoir by the Curran-McAvoy Causeway (on which runs Interstate 93), Pine Island, pictured here at low water level, is a popular area for boating and swimming.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Moore Reservoir, Littleton" (PDF). NH Fish & Game. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ The Columbia Gazetteer of North America, 2000.
  3. ^ "Connecticut River and Deerfield River Hydro Facilities" (PDF). TransCanada. June 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 1, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2014.