Recreation Updates


Temporary Closure of Fishing Piers 

September 2020 – Due to an incident involving a safety railing at Middle Dam, a safety assessment determined that it is necessary to temporarily close access to the fishing piers for the time being. This closure is unrelated to the ongoing repair project and was not a previously planned event. While we understand the timing of this closure is inopportune, please be assured this is a precautionary measure intended to protect the safety of the public. We will communicate a timeline for restoring access to the fishing piers once a repair plan is finalized for the railing system in accordance with safety and engineering standards. Access is expected to be restored before the 2021 recreation season.


FERC Issues Temporary Variance Request for Extended Releases for the Weekend of July 24 and July 31

June 2020 – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted a temporary variance request that will allow the scheduled white water releases to extend by 12 to 24 hours on the weekends of July 24 and July 31 for deep gate installation at Middle Dam.  The deep gate installation is a component of the Middle Dam in-kind repair project.   For this variance request and in accordance with the licensee’s settlement agreement, Brookfield White Pine Hydro (BWPH) consulted with the Maine DEP, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and Trout Unlimited on April 3 and submitted the request to FERC on April 13.  The reservoir elevations would be maintained within the normal license limits prior to, during, and after this work.


Possible Middle Dam Bridge Delays 

Feb. 2020- Brookfield Renewable wants to inform the public of possible bridge access delays at the Middle Dam hydro facility at Richardson Lake in North Oxford, Maine.

Due to scheduled maintenance from March 2 through 31, access on the Middle Dam bridge will be restricted with short delays for incoming traffic.  For the safety of the workers and the public-at-large, please anticipate some short-term delays for bridge crossing during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday. For snowmobilers and other vehicle operators, please use extra caution and reduce speed when entering this area to ensure safe access and passage.