Moore Reservoir

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Moore Reservoir
Moore Reservoir.JPG
Location Grafton County and Coos County, New Hampshire;
Caledonia County and Essex County, Vermont
Coordinates 44°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
Type Reservoir
Primary inflows Connecticut River
Primary outflows Connecticut River
Basin countries United States
Max. length 9.8 mi (15.8 km)
Max. width 2.0 mi (3.2 km)
Surface area 3,181 acres (12.87 km2)
Average depth 60 feet (18 m)
Max. depth 120 feet (37 m)
Surface elevation 806 ft (246 m)
Settlements Littleton 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. Retrieved September 3, 2014.