Largest Dams and Tallest Dams in United States (USA)

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Dataset contains 15 data items (see table below).

Overview

Which are the tallest and largest dams in United States ?

Tallest Dams. The tallest dam in United States is Oroville Dam with a height of 230 meters. At second and third, are Hoover Dam at a height of 221.40 meters and Glen Canyon Dam at 220 meters.The heights of the major dams in United States range from 41 meters to 230 meters, with the average height at around 125.6 meters.

 Compare Oroville Dam with Allatoona Dam

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Installed Capacity. The largest dam in United States by installed capacity is Grand Coulee Dam with a capacity of 6,809 MW.The installed capacities of major dams in United States range from 85 MW to 6,809 MW, with the average being 1,476.2 MW.

Reservoir Volume. The largest dam in United States by reservoir volume is Hoover Dam, impounding up to 35.20 billion m3 of water.The reservoir volumes of major dams in United States range from 0.03 billion m3 to 35.20 billion m3, with the average being 12.1 billion m3.

Dam Types. The most common dam type among the major dams in United States is the embankment dam.


Let's check out some of these tallest and largest dams in United States.

Oroville Dam.

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

Located in Oroville, California, United States, Oroville Dam is an embankment dam. It was built in 1968 (54 years since completion).

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

 

 Compare Oroville Dam with Ilha Solteira Dam from Brazil.

 Compare Oroville Dam with Kielder Water Dam from United Kingdom.


Hoover Dam.

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

Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, Arizona, United States (North America). The arch-gravity dam was completed in 1936 (86 years old).

The installed capacity of Hoover Dam is 2,080MW. The arch-gravity dam stands 221.40 meters tall and can impound up to 35.20 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 2.48 million m3.

 

 Compare Hoover Dam with Sayano-Shushenskaya Dam from Russia.

 Compare Hoover Dam with Berke Dam from Turkey.


Glen Canyon Dam.

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

Glen Canyon Dam is a 56-year-old arch-gravity dam (completed in 1966). 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 has an installed capacity of 1,320MW. Glen Canyon Dam stands 220 meters tall and can impound up to 33 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Glen Canyon Dam with Gariep Dam from South Africa.

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


Dworshak Dam.

EVH1971 Dworshak Dam Quadcopter flying (Youtube/Eric Hansen)

Located in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States, Dworshak Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1973 (49 years since completion).

The structural height of Dworshak Dam is 219 meters. The gravity dam can hold up to 4.28 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 400MW.

 

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Jinping-II Dam from China.

 Compare Dworshak Dam with Bhakra Dam from India.


New Bullards Bar Dam.

Aerial Drone Views of New Bullards Bar Dam following massive storms (Youtube/Kevin McElligott)

New Bullards Bar Dam is a 53-year-old arch dam (completed in 1969). It is located in Yuba County, California, United States (North America).

The structural height of New Bullards Bar Dam is 197 meters. The arch dam can hold up to 1.20 billion m3 of water and has an installed capacity of 340MW.

 

 Compare New Bullards Bar Dam with Dagangshan Dam from China.

 Compare New Bullards Bar Dam with Goupitan Dam from China.


Grand Coulee Dam.

Grand Coulee Dam (Youtube/Drones in the Wild)

Located in Washington State, United States, Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam. It was built in 1942 (80 years since completion).

Grand Coulee Dam is the largest hydroelectric dam in North America by installed capacity. The gravity dam has an installed capacity of 6,809MW. Grand Coulee 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 Bhakra Dam from India.

 Compare Grand Coulee Dam with Burrinjuck Dam from Australia.


San Luis Dam.

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

Completed in 1968, San Luis Dam is a 54-year-old embankment dam. It is also known as B.F. Sisk Dam and is located in Merced County, California, United States (North America).

The installed capacity of San Luis Dam is 424MW. The embankment dam stands 116 meters tall and can impound up to 2.14 billion m3 of water. Its structural volume is 59.37 million m3.

 

 Compare San Luis Dam with Somerset Dam from Australia.

 Compare San Luis Dam with Jiangpinghe Dam from China.


Cochiti Dam.

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

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

The structural height of Cochiti Dam is 76.50 meters while its structural volume of 50.20 million m3. The embankment dam can hold up to 0.73 billion m3 of water.

 

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Chicoasén Dam from Mexico.

 Compare Cochiti Dam with Darwin Dam from Australia.


Fort Peck Dam.

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

Fort Peck Dam is located in Fort Peck, Montana, United States (North America). The embankment dam was completed in 1940 (82 years old).

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 Tehri Dam from India.

 Compare Fort Peck Dam with Gardiner Dam from Canada.


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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