Searsburg Station

Searsburg Reservoir and Searsburg Station, located on the Deerfield River in Searsburg and Wilmington, Vermont, respectively, are managed as part of the Deerfield River Hydroelectric Project (FERC License No. P-2323).   

  • 30-acre, 1.0-mile long reservoir at 1,754.66 feet above sea level
  • 8.5 feet of useable storage managed seasonally
  • Reservoir connected to station via 3.5-mile long, 8-foot diameter wood stave conduit pipe
  • 5 megawatts of generation capacity with one General Electric generator with a Francis waterwheel
  • Entire undeveloped shoreline owned by Great River Hydro and protected by conservation easement in the heart of Green Mountain National Forest
  • FERC License No. P-2323, issued April 4, 1997, expires March 31, 2037 (40 years)
  • Certified as Low Impact Hydropower by Low Impact Hydropower Institute

Available Recreation Activities

Recreation in the vicinity of Searsburg Reservoir include a carry-in access popular with anglers and paddlers and various recreation trails.

Great River Hydro’s recreation facilities are open to the public on a day-use basis only, from one half-hour before sunrise to one half-hour after sunset.  Please click here for a complete list of rules.

Water Levels

River flows can vary throughout the day below Great River Hydro’s dams. Check Waterline for current levels and flow forecasts.

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Searsburg Station