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The Aylen Lake Dam

MNR Bancroft district

The Aylen Lake Dam, is located at the outlet of Aylen Lake, on the Opeongo River, in Dickens Township. The dam is on the Aylen Lake Road, 7kms from Highway #60, and functions as a bridge. The original dam was built in the 1880s on behalf of local logging companies. (original dam picture/courtesy Eileen Bishop)

The current dam is a 4.3 m high by 25 m long concrete and earth embankment structure initially constructed in 1963.

aylendam2015 (640x480)The dam consists of a single 4.3 m long log sluice. An imperial water level gauge is installed at the dam. Consideration is given in the operations of the dam to facilitate the fall lake trout spawn, and subsequent emergence??, and recreational uses??– info/courtesy of 2009 Ontario Madawaska River Water Management plan.

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The dam hasn’t changed much in the last 135 years. Whether it’s wood, or concrete and steel, we use up the resources to construct it. Yet, we don’t utilize the resource created from it?

It’s too bad, we haven’t harnessed the ‘Energy’ wasted at this location?… over the last 135 years?!

They did years’ago, just downstream at the Old Mill/Camp Site. (see: our ‘Lumber Lore’ page)

Maybe, it’s a ‘Future possibility?’

The Enabling and Empowering Communities to Participate and Partner in Small Hydro Projects workshops are intended to inform and educate municipalities, public sector entities and cooperatives to effectively participate and partner in new small scale waterpower development. The composition of Ontario’s electricity supply has undergone significant change in recent years, most notably with the reintroduction of small, decentralized generation as a core component of supply. While this change has been seen largely in other forms of renewable generation, notably solar and biogas, there is a growing interest in investment in small waterpower projects.

yeolemillsiteSmall scale waterpower has more than a century of history in Ontario and is once again becoming increasingly prominent. Of the approximately 200 operating facilities in the province, almost one third (1/3) are considered “small hydro”. Ontario has more than 2,000 dams that currently do not produce electricity, though many of them once did. As existing water structures are upgraded and retrofitted to include renewable waterpower technology, local communities have an opportunity to partner and participate in these new renewable energy projects.— courtesy of the Ontario Waterpower Association. aylendam30.16pic (640x480)


or Follow the FOCA elert link/here, for the scheduled workshop dates:


sign-store-damdanger and… Whats’ your opinion? Is it a good idea?

If you agree, please comment below. Or tell your Mayor, your Council,  Planning Committee’s (surveys!), Cottagers’ Association, Facebook, whoever may listen? Your opinion matters! & your participation matters!

Thank you for you interest.

amirrormorn (640x480)Please Note: All postings here, are created … out of interest, or concern for the area of Aylen lake, Ontario., and the surrounding community . A descendant of the Dennison family, and early settlers to Aylen lake. I take pride in advocating for issues of importance regarding  ‘The Lake’ and the community.

I hope to entertain, inform, and maybe start some discussions & dock talk!.moonshadow

Welcome to ‘My world!’, a Love for ‘The Lake!’

Aylen lake, Ontario.

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Should the energy from the Aylen Dam be harnessed?



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