THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Drawdown at Caldron Falls Dam For Spring Thaw
Issue Date: March 21, 2019
Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) encourages residents to use caution around the Caldron Falls hydroelectric dam as a drawdown of the facility's reservoir begins.
A drawdown is a controlled process in which the reservoir located upstream of a dam is lowered. WPS is drawing down the reservoir to prepare for an increase in spring water runoff caused by melting snow and ice. A gradual drawdown of the Caldron Falls reservoir started March 19.
Ice fishers and others who take part in winter activities on or around the reservoir should note that a drawdown can create unstable conditions. Among safety precautions are: Be aware of unstable ice conditions on the reservoir; avoid snowmobiling or driving vehicles on the ice; obey all warning signs and heed flashing lights, horns or sirens.
Also be aware of rapidly changing water conditions; bring a cell phone and contact 911 in an emergency; stay outside of buoy lines; and have a safe escape route planned when near a dam and evacuate at the first sign of danger.
Water levels may be reduced by as much as three feet while the reservoir is drawn down. Current reservoir elevation and river flow information at the Caldron Falls Dam can be found on the WPS website. The drawdown is anticipated to be finished by late April.