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Wissota Hydro Generating Station

Wissota Hydro Generating Station

This hydro plant leads in average annual energy production


Location: Wissota, Wis.

Generating Capacity: 36.4 megawatts

Type of Operation: Peaking

Plant History

Completed in 1918, Wissota Hydro represents the labor of some 700 workers who lived in a small town built at the site. When the project area was flooded it created the 6,212-acre Lake Wissota at the confluence of the Chippewa and Yellow Rivers and Paint Creek.

Interesting Features

Wissota Hydro provides daily peaking power to meet the high mid-day energy demands during the week. To permit this mode of operation, water coming down the Chippewa River is retained in Lake Wissota and released through the turbines as needed. This results in water level fluctuations in lake Wissota of up to one-foot over the course of a week.

Environmental Highlights

Lake Wissota itself is the most well-known aspect of Wissota Hydro. Residents and vacationers enjoy boating, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and winter sports on the lake. Lake Wissota State Park is also nearby.

For more information contact:

Plant Information and Tour Requests — 1-800-895-4999
Wisconsin Media Inquiries — 715-737-2565
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