Current Dam Operations
This section provides information related to the DNR’s involvement in the current operation of the dam according to the provisions of the 1939 operating order and the standards of state laws and administrative codes.
- In November of 2009, the United States Geological Service placed gauging stations to record the flow on the three largest tributaries, the water level elevation at the dam, and the river flows down stream of the dam. Real time data for each site can be viewed online using the following links:
- Answers to frequently asked questions about the flow measurements [PDF, 37KB]
- Minimum flowage letter to Xcel Energy [PDF, 578KB]
- Answers to frequently asked questions about the Department working with Xcel Energy on the operation of the dam during the summer of 2007 can be found here: Rest Lake Dam Current Operations-FAQs (October 19, 2007) [PDF, 84KB]
- Historical Dam Operations
- The original Rest Lake Reservoir Dam was constructed in 1887, primarily for use in logging operations. The Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company (CFIC) took over ownership of the dam in 1912. In 1926, the dam was replaced with the existing structure. The text of the operating order can be viewed here: 1937/1939 Public Service Commission Operating Order [PDF, 1.8MB]