Townshend Dam
Townshend Lake, Vermont
CountryUnited States
Coordinates43°3′9.58″N 72°42′9.68″W / 43.0526611°N 72.7026889°W / 43.0526611; -72.7026889
Dam and spillways
Height (foundation)126 feet (38 m)
Length1,700 feet (520 m)
Total capacity800 acre-feet (987,000 m3)
Surface area95 acres (38 ha)

Townshend Dam is a dam in Townshend, Windham County, Vermont.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1961 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers with a height of 126 feet and a length of 1700 feet at its crest.[1] It impounds Vermont's West River for flood control and seasonal storm water management. The dam is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.[2] Its National ID number is VT00004.

The riverine reservoir it creates, Townshend Lake, has a normal water surface of 95 acres, a maximum storage capacity of 54,300 acre-feet, and a normal storage capacity of 800 acre-feet.[1] Recreation includes fishing (for smallmouth bass, brown and rainbow trout), boating and hiking,[3] along with facilities at the nearby Townshend State Park.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Find Lakes".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Corps Lakes Gateway: Vermont - Townshend Lake".
  4. ^ "Vermont State Parks - Townshend State Park". Archived from the original on 2012-08-14.