Largest Dams in North America by Reservoir Volume
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The largest dam in North America by reservoir volume is Daniel-Johnson Dam of Canada, impounding up to 142 billion m3 of water. At second and third, are Robert-Bourassa generating station with a volume of 61.70 billion m3 of water and Hoover Dam at 35.20 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in North America range from 0.03 billion m3 to 142 billion m3, with the average being 18.2 billion m3.

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Revelstoke Dam


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Here are the largest dams by reservoir volume in North America.

Daniel-Johnson Dam.

Drone Daniel Johnson Dam Quebec, Canada (Youtube/James Bebop)

Daniel-Johnson dam is a 52-year-old buttress dam (completed in 1970). It is located in Manicouagan Regional County Municipality, Quebec, Canada (North America).

Daniel-Johnson Dam impounds the 3rd largest reservoir volume in the world. The buttress dam has an installed capacity of 1,596MW. Daniel-Johnson dam stands 214 meters tall and can impound up to 142 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.20 million m3.

 

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Itaipu Dam from Brazil-Paraguay.

 Compare Daniel-Johnson Dam with Haweswater Dam from United Kingdom.


Robert-Bourassa Generating Station.

Welcome to Robert-Bourassa generating facility in Baie-James (Youtube/Hydro - Québec)

Robert-Bourassa generating station, also known as La Grande-2, is an embankment dam located in Baie-James, Quebec, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1981 (41 years old).

Robert-Bourassa Generating Station is the 2nd largest hydroelectric embankment dam in the world by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Robert-Bourassa generating station is 5,616MW. The embankment dam stands 162 meters tall and can impound up to 61.70 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with Xingó Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Robert-Bourassa Generating Station with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam Aerial & Ground Tour Information (Youtube/ TampaAerialMedia)

Located in Black Canyon, Arizona, United States, Hoover Dam is an arch-gravity dam. It was built in 1936 (86 years since completion).

The arch-gravity dam stands at a height of 221.40 meters and impounds up to 35.20 billion m3 of water. Hoover Dam has a structural volume of 2.48 million m3 and an installed capacity of 2,080MW.

 

 Compare Hoover Dam with Gariep Dam from South Africa.

 Compare Hoover Dam with Glen Canyon Dam from United States.


Glen Canyon Dam.

Glen Canyon Dam -- Aerial Survey (Youtube/ Francha Cavitt)

Completed in 1966, Glen Canyon Dam is a 56-year-old arch-gravity dam. It is located in Coconino County, Arizona, United States (North America).

Glen Canyon Dam is the 2nd largest arch-gravity dam in the world by reservoir volume. The arch-gravity dam stands at a height of 220 meters and impounds up to 33 billion m3 of water. Glen Canyon Dam has an installed capacity of 1,320MW.

 

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Hoover Dam from United States.


Churchill Falls Generating Station.

Churchill Falls Generating Station (Youtube/VOCMNEWS)

Churchill Falls Generating Station is a dike system located in Labrador, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1974 (48 years old).

Churchill Falls Generating Station is the largest hydroelectric dike system in the world by installed capacity. The structural height of Churchill Falls Generating Station is 64 meters while its structural volume of 2.20 million m3. The dike system can hold up to 32.64 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 5,428MW.

 

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with Houtribdijk from Netherlands.

 Compare Churchill Falls Generating Station with La Grande-4 from Canada.


Garrison Dam.

Garrison Dam - June 8, 2011 (credit: Youtube/NDNationalGuard)

Garrison Dam is an embankment dam located in McLean/Mercer Counties, North Dakota, United States (North America). It was completed in 1954 (68 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 64 meters and impounds up to 29 billion m3 of water. Garrison Dam has a structural volume of 50.80 million m3.

 

 Compare Garrison Dam with Campos Novos Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Garrison Dam with Fort Randall Dam from United States.


Oahe Dam.

Diving the Oahe Dam in Pierre, SD (credit: Youtube/The Mitch)

Oahe Dam is located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1963 (59 years old).

The installed capacity of Oahe Dam is 786MW. The embankment dam stands 75 meters tall and can impound up to 29 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 70.30 million m3.

 

 Compare Oahe Dam with Tehri Dam from India.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Macagua Dam from Venezuela.


Mica Dam.

BC Hydro Mica Dam Test Spill 26 July 2012 base of dam (Youtube/TOC Vernon)

Mica Dam is an embankment dam located in Mica Creek, British Columbia, Canada (North America). It was completed in 1973 (49 years old).

Mica Dam is the 2nd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam stands at a height of 240 meters and impounds up to 24.76 billion m3 of water. Mica Dam has an installed capacity of 2,805MW.

 

 Compare Mica Dam with Changheba Dam from China.

 Compare Mica Dam with Llyn Brianne Dam from United Kingdom.


Dams Lists

Largest Dams by Installed Capacity (MW): world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Tallest Dams: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Structural Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Dams with Largest Reservoir Volume: world | Asia | Europe | North America | South America | USA | Canada | Australia | UK

Largest/tallest Dams by Type: Arch Dams | Embankment Dams | Gravity Dams | Arch-Gravity Dams | Buttress Dams


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