Map 3 ~ Moore Reservoir
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Below the Gilman Dam, the river is too shallow
for motorized boating until it spills into the vast
and beautiful expanse of Moore Reservoir. Impounded
by the massive 178 high Moore Dam, Moore
Reservoir at 3500 acres is actually New
Hampshires fourth largest lake, and its
largest undeveloped lake. Thanks to a recent
agreement between the hydro power company, federal
and state agencies, conservation groups, and the
CRJC, the reservoir will stay that way, to remain
open for wildlife habitat, water quality
protection, and public recreation. The state line
is inundated here, and much of Moore Reservoir is
actually Vermont waters.
Moore Dam, completed in 1957, is the largest
conventional hydro station in New England, and has
a generating capacity of 192 megawatts. TransCanada
Hydro Northeast provides many day-use public access
ramps and picnic areas around the reservoir.
No overnight camping is allowed on Moore
Reservoir. The power company advises that vehicles
left in its parking areas after closing will be
towed at the owner's expense. Boaters can help keep
the Moore experience a good one by practicing
carry in / carry out and parking
During the boating season, expect that
water levels could vary up to nine or ten feet.
Watch for changes in water level Make no
mistake about underwater boating hazards. The water
level fluctuates as power is generated, and may
bring logs, shoals and rocks within propeller
range. Boaters should give as wide a berth to
shallows and submerged rocks as they do to
canoeists and other small craft. Wind-driven waves,
boat chop, and floating debris can also be a threat
on this big piece of water. If you dont know
the area, use special caution. Personal watercraft
must stay 300' from shore or other boats or
Anglers will find trout, northern pike,
land-locked salmon, pickerel, perch, and bass.
Dont be surprised to find an osprey or a bald
eagle fishing, too.
Marine Patrol: Toll Free in NH
(1-877-642-9700) or 603-293-2037. For the
safety of all, please call if you observe illegal
or dangerous boating activity.
Information on current
and projected flows at Connecticut River mainstem
dams is available through TransCanada Hydro
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