The Vernon Hydroelectric Project

The Vernon Hydroelectric Project (FERC License No. P-1904) is located on the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vermont and Hinsdale, New Hampshire. 

  • 2,550-acre, 26-mile long reservoir at elevation 220.13 feet above sea level
  • 8 feet of useable storage managed seasonally
  • 37 megawatts of generation capacity with six General Electric and four Koncar generators, all with Francis waterwheels
  • The Vernon Project is currently undergoing relicensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. More information about that process can be found here.
  • Certified as Low Impact Hydropower by Low Impact Hydropower Institute

Available Recreation Activities

Several picnic areas and a gravel boat launch are maintained in the vicinity of the station. Other natural lands are located on either side of the river, along with a pair paddler’s campsites that are part of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. A fish ladder viewing window is operated seasonally by the station.

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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Vernon Station