Near Searsburg Power Station


Deerfield River in Searsburg Vermont, looking downstream towards Searsburg Power Station - visible thorugh trees on right bank.

The power station was built in 1922.  Water is diverted from the Deerfield at Searsburg Reservoir, about 3 miles upstream. It flows through a penstock that consists of a wooden pipe built from timbers. The pipe flows along National Forest Road 71 and Route 9, visible from the road for much of the way. It reenters the Deerfield at this power station, generating electricity in the process. 


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Deerfield River in Searsburg Bypass section, near the Searsburg-Wilmington line.  

This reach used to be largely dewatered in the summer, but in recent years improved flow regulations have restored habitat for trout and other aquatic species.