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Superior Falls Hydro Generating Station

Key facts:


Superior Falls Hydro plant is located on the Montreal River just upstream from the point where the river enters into Lake Superior. The plant is operated as a run-of-the-river plant. Superior Falls marks the end of the Montreal Canyon which begins three miles upstream at Saxon Falls. The power plant, situated at the river’s mouth on Lake Superior, is reached by stairs. The combination of rocky cliffs, woods and Lake Superior shoreline makes the Superior Falls waterfall an ideal stop for sightseers and photographers.

Interesting Features

The hydro is an unmanned plant that can be reached by a long, steep set of stairs. Every spring, during high water, kayakers and canoeists make use of excellent river conditions.

Environmental Highlights

From an environmental perspective, hydro is a clean, renewable fuel, and Xcel Energy manages its dam operations to protect the aquatic environment and improve recreational opportunities.

As a source of electricity, hydropower is advantageous in that the fuel costs nothing. In addition, hydro facilities have low operating and maintenance costs, and their useful lifetime is well over 50 years.

For More Information Contact 1-800-895-4999

Energy Saving Tip

Make sure to regularly change the air filters on your HVAC system (at least once per month). Old, clogged filters are far less efficient than new ones.


May is National Electric Safety Month

Before beginning an outdoor project, be aware of overhead electric lines and keep yourself, your ladders and tools at least 10 feet away from them.

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