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43°42'44", long 74°58'12" referenced to North
American Datum of 1927, Herkimer County, NY, Hydrologic Unit 04150101,
at dam on Middle Branch Moose River, 100 ft upstream from bridge on
State Highway 28 at Old Forge, and 11.2 mi downstream from dam on Sixth
Lake outlet at Inlet.
PERIOD OF RECORD.--
October 1969 to September 2003 (month-end
elevations or gage heights, and contents). October 2003 to current
year. Prior to October 1971, published as "Old Forge
Reservoir". Records from November 1911 to September 1969,
available from Board of Hudson River-Black River Regulating
WDR NY-85-1: Drainage area.
Water-stage recorder and nonrecording gage read once
daily. Datum of gage is NGVD of 1929 (levels by Board of Hudson
River-Black River Regulating District). Prior to 2004 water year, only
nonrecording gage read once daily.
Elevation record and capacity table (1959)
provided by Board of Hudson River-Black River Regulating
The First through Fifth Lakes of Fulton Chain Lakes
are partially formed and controlled by a concrete dam with 12-inch
flashboards. Storage began around 1881 or 1882 with a wooden crib dam.
This dam was replaced with a concrete dam in 1905 and gates were
installed in 1927. Usable capacity, 895.6 mil ft³ between minimum
operating level, elevation 1,696.8 ft, and crest of spillway with
flashboards, elevation 1,707.04 ft. Usable capacity without
flashboards, 764.3 mil ft³, elevation 1,706.06 ft; no dead storage
below minimum operating level. Figures given herein represent usable
contents. The dam is operated by Board of Hudson River-Black River
Capacity table (elevation, in feet, and usable contents, in millions of cubic feet)
Elevation Contents Elevation Contents
1,699.4 0.5 1,704.0 498.0
1,700.0 21.0 1,706.0 756.5
1,702.0 252.0 1,707.9 1,015.0
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD.--
Maximum elevation observed,
1,707.93 ft, June 17, 1972, contents, 1,019 mil ft³; minimum elevation
observed, 1,699.8 ft, Nov. 3, 1939, contents, 6.50 mil ft³.
Peak Flow and Stage Information
Instantaneous elevation data provided by
Hudson River - Black River Regulating District, not reviewed by the