WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT:

Water Safety: Parry Sound District

Gives early notice of the potential for flooding based on weather forecasts calling for heavy rain, snow melt, high winds or other conditions.

BULLETIN: The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Magnetawan River

Hydroelectric power generation has occurred at the Burk’s Falls Dam since 1923. The existing Burk’s Falls GS has been in operation since 1985.

Watershed Description

The Magnetawan River is a river in the Parry Sound District.

The river flows 175 km from its source of Magnetawan Lake inside Algonquin Park to empty into Georgian Bay at the community of Britt on Byng Inlet. Bracebridge Generation has 1 generating station located beside the MNRF Burk’s Falls Dam.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN

Climate & Environment

• The Burk’s Falls Dam is owned by the MNRF and operated by Bracebridge Generation.
• Local woodworking industries first used Burk’s Falls as a source of power in 1885.
• Burk’s Falls Dam has 28 feet of drop.
• In 1904 a rock-filled crib dam was built across the river in Burk’s Falls
• In 1923 a new 245 kilowatt generating station was built and owned and operated by Knight Brothers Limited, a woodworking firm.
• In 1950 when the municipality connected to the hydro system, the Burk’s Falls GS was acquired by Ontario Hydro and operated until 1960
• The existing generating station was constructed in 1985 and produces up to 1120 kW.

Climate & Environment

• The Burk’s Falls Dam is owned by the MNRF and operated by Bracebridge Generation.
• Local woodworking industries first used Burk’s Falls as a source of power in 1885.
• Burk’s Falls Dam has 28 feet of drop.
• In 1904 a rock-filled crib dam was built across the river in Burk’s Falls
• In 1923 a new 245 kilowatt generating station was built and owned and operated by Knight Brothers Limited, a woodworking firm.
• In 1950 when the municipality connected to the hydro system, the Burk’s Falls GS was acquired by Ontario Hydro and operated until 1960
• The existing generating station was constructed in 1985 and produces up to 1120 kW.

Our Facilities

Burk’s Falls Generating Station

Watershed Location: This dam is located on the Magnetawan River in the Town of Burk’s Falls. It controls a drainage area of 989 km².
Structural Characteristics: The dam owned by the MNRF and operated by Bracebridge Generation. The structure is a concrete gravity dam with 2 stoplog spillways and 1 sluice gate.
In Service Date: Unit 1 – 1985
Unit 2 – 1985
Capacity: 1.12 MW
History: Local woodworking industries first used Burk’s Falls as a source of power in 1885. At the Burk’s Falls Dam the Magnetawan River, which rises in Algonquin Park and flows into Georgian Bay, drops 28 feet. In 1904 a rock-fill crib dam was built across the river. The development was reconstructed in 1923 and new generating units were installed. The plant was owned and operated by Knight Brothers Limited, a woodworking firm. In 1950, when the municipality became associated with the hydro system, the Burk’s Falls Generating Station was acquired by Ontario Hydro. Continuing in operation for another decade, the 245 kilowatt development was retired from service in 1960. The existing plant was constructed in 1985 utilizing the existing intake with a new penstock, turbines and generators. Bracebridge Generation purchased Burk’s Falls GS in 2005.