Skelton Dam
Skelton Dam is located in Maine
Skelton Dam
Location of Skelton Dam in Maine
CountryUnited States
LocationBuxton / Dayton, Maine
Coordinates43°34′10″N 070°33′32″W / 43.56944°N 70.55889°W / 43.56944; -70.55889Coordinates: 43°34′10″N 070°33′32″W / 43.56944°N 70.55889°W / 43.56944; -70.55889
PurposePower, flood control
Opening date1948
Owner(s)Florida Power & Light
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsSaco River
Height76 ft (23 m)
Length1,695 ft (517 m)
Spillway typeGate-controlled
Spillway capacity69,600 cu ft/s (1,971 m3/s)
Total capacity33,500 acre⋅ft (41,321,642 m3)
Catchment area1,622 sq mi (4,201 km2)
Surface area488 acres (2 km2)
Power Station
Hydraulic head76 ft (23 m)
Installed capacity16.8 MW[1]

The Skelton Dam is an embankment dam on the Saco River between the towns of Buxton and Dayton in York County, Maine. It is located about 7 mi (11 km) northwest of Saco and Biddeford. The dam was completed in 1948 with the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation. The largest fish lift in Maine was completed on the dam in 2001. The dam and facilities are owned by Brookfield Renewable.[2]


  1. ^ "Hydropower Projects in Maine" (PDF). Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Skelton Dam and Fish Passage" (PDF). FPL Energy. Retrieved 19 September 2012.