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Dickson Dam
Dickson Dam in Red Deer County, Alberta.
Dickson Dam is located in Alberta
Dickson Dam
Location of Dickson Dam in Alberta
Country Canada
Location Red Deer County, Alberta
Coordinates 52°03′06″N 114°13′07″W / 52.05167°N 114.21861°W / 52.05167; -114.21861
Power station
Commission date January 16, 1992
Turbines 3 x 5 MW
Barber turbines
Installed capacity 15 MW

Dickson Dam is a flow regulation dam constructed in 1983 which impounded the Red Deer River creating a reservoir known as Gleniffer Lake (Alberta). The dam is located 20 km (12 mi) west of the town of Innisfail and 50 km (31 mi) southwest of the city of Red Deer. The dam was created to control for floods and low winter flows, to improve quality of the river, to create a recreational resource and to provide a reliable, year-round water supply sufficient for future industrial, regional and municipal growth.


The dam is owned by the Government of Alberta. Algonquin Power owns a small hydropower station that was added to the dam. It consists of three 5 MW Barber turbines with Ideal Generators. Commercial operations began on January 16, 1992. Water management of the reservoir is directed by the provincial Ministry of Environment and Water. All water control structures at the site, including the dam, intake, headgates, and spillway, are owned by the Province of Alberta and administered by Alberta Environment and Water,

Under the Dickson Power Purchase Agreement signed in 1990, all electrical power generated by the facility is sold to TransAlta Utilities Corporation. The 20-year contract expires on January 16, 2012.

Low reservoir water levels were a concern in 2010.

Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area

In the summer of 2009, [Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation] consolidate six provincial recreation areas at Dickson Dam and around Gleniffer Lake (Dickson Dam - Cottonwood Provincial Recreation Area, Dickson Dam - Dickson Point Provincial Recreation Area, Dickson Dam - North Dyke Provincial Recreation Area, Dickson Dam - South Dyke Provincial Recreation Area, Dickson Dam - North Valley Provincial Recreation Area, Dickson Dam - South Valley Provincial Recreation Area) into one provincial recreation area renamed Gleniffer Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area. Motorboating, waterskiing, swimming, and sailboarding are allowed. There are rainbow trout in a trout pond. Pike, Walleye, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, and Brown Trout are also found nearby.

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