Skelton Dam

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Skelton Dam
Skelton Dam is located in Maine
Skelton Dam
Location of Skelton Dam
Country United States
Location Buxton / Dayton, Maine
Coordinates 43°34′10″N 070°33′32″W / 43.56944°N 70.55889°W / 43.56944; -70.55889Coordinates: 43°34′10″N 070°33′32″W / 43.56944°N 70.55889°W / 43.56944; -70.55889
Purpose Power, flood control
Status Operational
Opening date 1948
Owner(s) Florida Power & Light
Dam and spillways
Impounds Saco River
Height 76 ft (23 m)
Length 1,695 ft (517 m)
Spillway type Gate-controlled
Spillway capacity 69,600 cu ft/s (1,971 m3/s)
Total capacity 33,500 acre·ft (41,321,642 m3)
Catchment area 1,622 sq mi (4,201 km2)
Surface area 488 acres (2 km2)
Power station
Hydraulic head 76 ft (23 m)
Installed capacity 16.8 MW[1]

The Skelton Dam is an embankment dam on the Saco River between the towns of Buxton and Dayton in York County, Maine. It is located about 7 mi (11 km) northwest of Saco and Biddeford. The dam was completed in 1948 with the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation. The largest fish lift in Maine was completed on the dam in 2001. The dam and facilities are owned by Brookfield Renewable.[2]


  1. ^ "Hydropower Projects in Maine" (PDF). Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Skelton Dam and Fish Passage" (PDF). FPL Energy. Retrieved 19 September 2012.