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Left Tailrace Campground closing due to elevated pools at Lake Francis Case

Published May 26, 2019
Power generation began at Big Bend Dam in 1964 and the entire complex was completed in 1966. Big Bend hydroelectric power plant is operated to meet peak demands for electricity in the Missouri River Basin. The power plant houses eight units with combined maximum generation capacity of 494,320 kilowatts. This is enough power for about 95,000 homes. The first unit went into operation in 1964 and by 1966 all eight generators were producing commercial electricity.

Power generation began at Big Bend Dam in 1964 and the entire complex was completed in 1966. Big Bend hydroelectric power plant is operated to meet peak demands for electricity in the Missouri River Basin. The power plant houses eight units with combined maximum generation capacity of 494,320 kilowatts. This is enough power for about 95,000 homes. The first unit went into operation in 1964 and by 1966 all eight generators were producing commercial electricity.

Effective noon, May 27, project personnel are asking all who are camping at the Left Tailrace Campground, on Lake Francis Case at Big Bend Dam to vacate the campground.

Pool levels are rising at Lake Francis Case due to heavy rains in South Dakota and continued rain events.

There is no estimate for when the campground will reopen.

"The safety of those who are camping at our facilities is a priority and with higher pool levels projected, closing the campground was necessary," said Jacki Bultsma, Chief of Natural Resources.

The North Shore Campground has primitive sites available. The Big Bend Project Office is available to answer any questions at 605-245-2255.


Contact
Big Bend Project Office
605-245-2255

Release no. 19-080