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.
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.
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.
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