Largest Dams in United States (USA) by Structural Volume

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Categories: Urban United States Americas
Dataset contains 15 data items (see table below).

Overview

The largest dam in United States by structural volume is Fort Peck Dam at 96 million m3. At second and third, are Oahe Dam with a structure volume of 70.30 million m3 and Oroville Dam at 59.60 million m3.The structural volumes of major dams in United States range from 2.48 million m3 to 96 million m3, with the average being 43.9 million m3.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Oroville Dam

The structural volume of a dam is the total space occupied by the materials forming the dam structure computed between abutments and from top to bottom of dam. The abutment refers to the part of the valley side against which the dam is constructed.

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Here are the largest dams by structural volume in United States.

Fort Peck Dam.

Drone over Fort Peck Dam (credit: Youtube/ Gunner Benavente)

Fort Peck Dam is a 82-year-old embankment dam (completed in 1940). It is located in Fort Peck, Montana, United States (North America).

The installed capacity of Fort Peck Dam is 185MW. The embankment dam stands 76.40 meters tall and can impound up to 23 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 96 million m3.

 

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Nurek Dam from Tajikistan.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Mangla Dam from Pakistan.


Oahe Dam.

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

Located in Hughes/Stanley counties, South Dakota, United States, Oahe Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1963 (59 years since completion).

The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 786MW. Oahe 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 Atatürk Dam from Turkey.

 Compare Oahe Dam with Wyangala Dam from Australia.


Oroville Dam.

Oroville Dam Aerial Video - Feb 16 2017 (credit: Youtube/Cal OES)

Completed in 1968, Oroville Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Oroville, California, United States (North America).

Oroville Dam is the 3rd tallest dam in North America. The embankment dam has an installed capacity of 819MW. Oroville Dam stands 230 meters tall and can impound up to 4.36 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.60 million m3.

 

 Compare Oroville Dam with Cochiti Dam from United States.

 Compare Oroville Dam with W. A. C. Bennett Dam from Canada.


San Luis Dam.

San Luis Reservoir (credit: Youtube/Drone Film Production)

San Luis Dam, also known as B.F. Sisk Dam, is located in Merced County, California, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1968 (54 years old).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 116 meters and impounds up to 2.14 billion m3 of water. San Luis Dam has a structural volume of 59.37 million m3 and an installed capacity of 424MW.

 

 Compare San Luis Dam with Shuibuya Dam from China.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Campos Novos Dam from Brazil.


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 structural height of Garrison Dam is 64 meters while its structural volume of 50.80 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 29 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Garrison Dam with Oroville Dam from United States.

 Compare Garrison Dam with Talbingo Dam from Australia.


Cochiti Dam.

Cochiti Dam - Taming the Rio Grande by Executive Productions - Seattle

Completed in 1975, Cochiti Dam is a 47-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Cochiti Pueblo, Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States (North America).

The embankment dam stands at a height of 76.50 meters and impounds up to 0.73 billion m3 of water. Cochiti Dam has a structural volume of 50.20 million m3.

 

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Jiangpinghe Dam from China.

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Jindabyne Dam from Australia.


Fort Randall Dam.

Pontoon Cruisin on Ft Randall Dam (credit: Youtube/lowridin88)

Completed in 1953, Fort Randall Dam is a 69-year-old embankment dam. It is located in Gregory County/Charles Mix County, South Dakota, United States (North America).

The structural height of Fort Randall Dam is 50.30 meters while its structural volume of 38.20 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 6.70 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 320MW.

 

 Compare Fort Randall Dam with Lake Echo Dam from Australia.

 Compare Fort Randall Dam with Kielder Water Dam from United Kingdom.


Grand Coulee Dam.

Grand Coulee Dam (Youtube/Drones in the Wild)

Grand Coulee Dam is located in Washington State, United States (North America). The gravity dam was completed in 1942 (80 years old).

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in North America by installed capacity. The installed capacity of Grand Coulee Dam is 6,809MW. The gravity dam stands 168 meters tall and can impound up to 12 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 9.16 million m3.

 

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Toktogul Dam from Kyrgyzstan.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Bhakra Dam from India.


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

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