The Dam

Lee Mueller of Boyce Hydro has provided the following pictures of the Sanford Dam during it’s construction.
The construction started in 1923 and was completed in 1924.

Site Pictures before construction

Construction Phase

Governing of the Lake

Currently FERC governs Sanford, Smallwood and Secord dams and reservoirs. The State of Michigan governs Edenville dam reservoir. History: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is the governing body for hydro electric facilities in the United States. FERC regulates all hydroelectric generation plants by licensing each facility. The control of Sanford Lake resides between …

FERC License

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC is the governing body for hydro electric facilities in the United States. In the history of Sanford Dam, during February 1976, the Federal Power Commission, FERC’s predecessor, ordered Wolverine Power, the owners of the 4 dams on the Tittabawasee River (Sanford, Edenville, Smallwood and Secord) to obtain licenses …

Winter Draw-Down Operations

Winter Draw-Down

The Winter Draw-Down – Sanford Lake Foreword: For compliance with their FERC license, Boyce Hydro monitors the reservoir pool level (as mentioned in the following article) at the Sanford dam. Lake levels upstream may be higher since there is a natural North to South flow due to the active river that runs through the lake. …