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This is a list of the tallest dams in the world over 135 m (443 ft) in height. Currently, the tallest dam in the world is the Nurek dam
Nurek Dam
The Nurek Dam is an earth fill embankment dam on the Vakhsh River in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. Construction of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1980, when Tajikistan was still a republic within the Soviet Union. At it is currently the tallest dam in the world...

 in Tajikistan at 300 meters. When completed, the 335 meter tall Rogun Dam
Rogun Dam
Rogun Dam is an under construction dam on the Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan. It is one of the planned hydroelectric power plants of Vakhsh Cascade. If finished, it would be the world's tallest dam with a height of height compared to the second tallest dam Nurek Dam at . -History:The Rogun...

 also in Tajikistan will be the tallest. Natural landslide dam
Landslide dam
A landslide dam, debris dam, or barrier lake is a natural damming of a river by some kind of mass wasting: landslide, debris flow, rock avalanche or volcano. If it is caused by earthquake, it may also be called a quake lake. Some landslide dams are as high as the largest existing artificial dam...

s are also quite competitive in height but not listed here. In particular, the highest natural dam, Usoi Dam
Usoi Dam
The Usoi Dam is a natural landslide dam along the Murghab River in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan. At high, it is the tallest dam in the world, either natural or man-made...

, is higher than the highest existing man-made one.



Existing

Name Height Type Country River
Nurek Dam
Nurek Dam
The Nurek Dam is an earth fill embankment dam on the Vakhsh River in the central Asian nation of Tajikistan. Construction of the dam began in 1961 and was completed in 1980, when Tajikistan was still a republic within the Soviet Union. At it is currently the tallest dam in the world...

 
300 m Earthen embankment
Embankment dam
An embankment dam is a massive artificial water barrier. It is typically created by the emplacement and compaction of a complex semi-plastic mound of various compositions of soil, sand, clay and/or rock. It has a semi-permanent waterproof natural covering for its surface, and a dense, waterproof...

 
Vakhsh
Vakhsh River
The Vakhsh has been intensively developed for human use. Electricity, aluminum, and cotton are the mainstays of Tajikistan’s economy, and the Vakhsh is involved with all three of these sectors. Hydroelectricity provides 91% of the country’s electricity as of 2005, and 90% of that total comes from...

Xiaowan Dam
Xiaowan Dam
The Xiaowan Dam is a large hydroelectric arch dam on the Lancang River in Yunnan Province, southwest China. It is the world's highest arch dam and will be the second largest hydroelectric power station in China after the Three Gorges Dam. Construction started on 1 January 2002. The river was...

 
292 m Concrete arch Lancang
Grande Dixence Dam
Grande Dixence Dam
The Grande Dixence Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Dixence River at the head of the Val d'Hérens in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. At high, it is the tallest gravity dam in the world and is part of the Cleuson-Dixence Complex...

 
285 m Concrete gravity  Dixence
Inguri Dam
Inguri Dam
The Inguri Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Inguri River in Georgia. Currently it is the world's highest concrete arch dam with a height of . It is located north of the town Jvari...

 
271.5 m Concrete arch Inguri
Vajont Dam
Vajont Dam
The Vajont Dam is a disused dam, completed in 1959 in the valley of the Vajont river under Monte Toc, 100 km north of Venice, Italy...

 
261.6 m Concrete arch Vajont
Vajont
Vajont is a town and comune in the province of Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, north-eastern Italy.-History:The municipality was founded in 1971 on the municipal territory of Maniago. It was built to host the people evacuated from Erto e Casso after the disaster of the Vajont Dam ....

Manuel Moreno Torres (Chicoasén) Dam
Chicoasén Dam
The Chicoasén Dam is an embankment dam and hydroelectric power station on the Grijalva River near Chicoasén in Chiapas, Mexico. The dam's power plant, known as "Manuel Moreno Torres" contains 5 x 300 MW, 3 x 310 MW Francis turbine-generators. Torres was Comisión Federal de Electricidad's Director...

 
261 m Earthen embankment Grijalva
Grijalva River
Grijalva River, formerly known as Tabasco River. is a 480 km long river in southeastern Mexico. It is named after Juan de Grijalva who visited the area in 1518. The river rises in Chiapas highlands and flows from Chiapas to the state of Tabasco through the Sumidero Canyon into the Bay of...

Tehri Dam
Tehri dam
The Tehri Dam is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River near Tehri in Uttarakhand, India. It is the primary dam of the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd. and the Tehri hydroelectric complex...

 
261 m Earthen embankment Bhagirathi
Bhagirathi River
The Bhāgīrathī is a turbulent Himalayan river in the state of Uttarakhand, India, that is the source stream of the Ganges—the major river of the Gangetic plain of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism.-Etymology:...

Mauvoisin Dam
Lac de Mauvoisin
Lac de Mauvoisin is a lake in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. The reservoir is formed by the Mauvoisin Dam, which is 250 m high. The dam is currently the 13th highest in the world, and the third highest arch dam. It was built in 1951–1957, and raised by 13.5 m in 1991. The reservoir lies...

 
250 m Concrete arch Bagnes
Bagnes
Bagnes is a municipality in the district of Entremont in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.With an area of , Bagnes used to be the largest municipality of Switzerland until the formation of Glarus Süd in 2011.-History:...

Laxiwa Dam
Laxiwa Dam
The Laxiwa Dam is an arch dam on the Yellow River in Qinghai Province, northwest China. It is downstream of the Longyangxia Dam and upstream from the Lijiaxia Dam. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports the largest station in the Yellow River basin...

 
250 m Concrete arch Huang He
Alberto Lleras (Guavio) Dam  250 m Embankment rock-fill Guavio River
Guavio River
Guavio River is a river of central Colombia. It is a right tributary of the Upía River, in the drainage area of the Orinoco.Important tributaries are the Chivor and Garagoa Rivers....

Mica Dam
Mica Dam
The Mica Dam is a hydroelectric dam spanning the Columbia River 135 kilometres north of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. Completed in 1973 under the terms of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty, the Mica powerhouse has a generating capacity of . The dam is operated by BC Hydro...

 
243 m Embankment, earth-fill Columbia
Columbia River
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the U.S. state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state...

Sayano Shushenskaya Dam  242 m Concrete arch-gravity Yenisei River
Yenisei River
Yenisei , also written as Yenisey, is the largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. It is the central of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean...

Ertan Dam
Ertan Dam
The Ertan Dam is an arch dam on the Yalong River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province, southwest China.The dam has six hydroelectric generators, each with a generating capacity of 550 MW. The total generating capacity of the facility is 3,300 MW, one of the largest hydroelectric...

 
240 m Concrete arch-gravity Yalong River
Yalong River
The Nyag Qu or Yalong River, also called Ya-lung River is an 822 mile long river in the Sichuan province of southern China. It flows into the Yangtze River along the border with Yunnan. It is a tributary of the Yangtze River...

La Esmeralda Dam
La Esmeralda Dam
La Esmeralda Dam is an embankment dam on the Batá River northwest of Santa María in Boyacá Department, Neira Province, Colombia. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it is part of the Chivor Hydroelectric Project. Water from the Batá is diverted by the dam to a power...

 
237m Embankment, rock-fill Bata
Oroville Dam
Oroville Dam
Oroville Dam spans the Feather River about northeast of the city of Oroville, California. It forms Lake Oroville, which stores water for irrigation, flood control, municipal water supply and hydroelectricity generation in California's Sacramento Valley. The dam lies in the foothills of the Sierra...

 
235 m Earthen embankment, concrete features Feather River
Feather River
The Feather River is the principal tributary of the Sacramento River, in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. The river's main stem is about long. Its length to its most distant headwater tributary is about . Its drainage basin is about...

El Cajón Dam
El Cajón Dam (Honduras)
The El Cajón Dam, officially known as Central Hidroeléctrica Francisco Morazán, is a hydroelectric power plant located in Western Honduras. The dam impounds the Comayagua river which derives its large volume from two large tributaries, Humuya and Sulaco...

 
234 m Concrete double-arch Humuya River
Humuya River
-References:*Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993.*CIA map: :Image:Honduras rel 1985.jpg*UN map: :Image:Un-honduras.png*...

Chirkey Dam
Chirkey Dam
The Chirkey Dam is an arch dam on the Sulak River in Dagestan, Russia. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it supports a 1,000 MW power station...

 
232.5 m Concrete arch Sulak River
Sulak River
The Sulak is a river in Dagestan, Russia. It starts at the confluence of the Avar Koisu and the Andi Koisu rivers. It comes down the Main Sulak Canyon and the Akhetl and Chirkei gorges and the Minor Sulak Canyon...

Shuibuya Dam
Shuibuya Dam
The Shuibuya Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill embankment dam on the Qingjiang River in Badong County, Enshi, Hubei Province, China. The purpose of the dam is mainly hydroelectricity but it also promotes flood control, navigation, tourism and fishery...

 
233 m Concrete-face rock-fill Qingjiang
Karun-4 Dam
Karun-4 dam
The Karun-4 Dam is an arch dam on the Karun River in the province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Iran. The Karun has the highest discharge of Iran's rivers. The objectives of the construction of Karun-4 dam and hydroelectric power plant are electric power supply and flood control.The dam is a...

 
230 m Concrete arch-gravity Karun
Karun
The Kārun is Iran's most effluent, and the only navigable, river. It is 450 miles long. It rises in the Zard Kuh mountains of the Bakhtiari district in the Zagros Range, receiving many tributaries, such as the Dez and the Kuhrang, before passing through the capital of the Khuzestan Province of...

Bhakra Dam
Bhakra Dam
Bhakra Dam is a concrete gravity dam across the Sutlej River, and is near the border between Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in northern India.The dam, located at a gorge near the upstream Bhakra village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, is Asia's second highest at 225.55 m high next to...

 
226 m Concrete gravity Satluj
Luzzone Dam
Lago di Luzzone
Lago di Luzzone is a lake in Ticino, Switzerland. The reservoir has a volume of 108 million m³ and a surface area of 1.27 km². It is located in the upper Blenio valley, on the territory of the municipalities of Ghirone and Aquila....

 
225 m Concrete arch Lago di Luzzone
Lago di Luzzone
Lago di Luzzone is a lake in Ticino, Switzerland. The reservoir has a volume of 108 million m³ and a surface area of 1.27 km². It is located in the upper Blenio valley, on the territory of the municipalities of Ghirone and Aquila....

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President...

 
221.46 m Concrete gravity arch Colorado River
Colorado River
The Colorado River , is a river in the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The watershed of the Colorado River covers in parts of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states...

Contra Dam  220 m Concrete arch Verzasca River
Verzasca River
-- The Verzasca is a 30-km long mountain river originating at Pizzo Barone and flowing into Lake Maggiore. It is known for its clear turquoise water and vibrant colored rocks, as well as its treacherous currents. The Verzasca Dam is a few kilometers upriver from this lake.-Geography:The Verzasca...

Mratinje Dam
Mratinje Dam
The Mratinje Dam is a concrete arch dam in the canyon of the Piva River in Montenegro.The dam was completed in 1975 with designs by Energoprojekt. Its construction resulted in the flooding of the Piva canyon and the creation of Lake Piva, which, with its 12.5 km², is the second largest lake in...

 
220 m Concrete arch-gravity Piva
Dworshak Dam
Dworshak Dam
Dworshak Dam is a hydroelectric, concrete gravity dam in Clearwater County, Idaho, United States on the North Fork Clearwater River. The dam is located northwest of the city of Orofino, and east of Lewiston. The dam is the highest straight-axis concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere and the 22nd...

 
218.6 m Concrete gravity Clearwater River
Clearwater River (Idaho)
The Clearwater River is a river in north central Idaho, which flows westward from the Bitterroot Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border, and joins the Snake River at Lewiston. In October 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition descended the Clearwater River in dugout canoes, putting in at "Canoe...

Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam
Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona in the United States, just north of Page. The dam was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower. Its reservoir is called Lake Powell, and is the second...

 
216.4 m Concrete arch-gravity Colorado
Colorado River
The Colorado River , is a river in the Southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, approximately long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The watershed of the Colorado River covers in parts of seven U.S. states and two Mexican states...

Longtan Dam
Longtan dam
Longtan Dam is a large roller-compacted concrete gravity dam on the Hongshui River in Tian'e County of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, a tributary of the Xi River and the Pearl River. The dam is high and long; it is the tallest of its type in the world. The dam is intended for...

 
216.5 m Roller-compacted concrete gravity Hongshui River
Hongshui River
The Hongshui River is a major river in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in Southern China. It is one of the main rivers in the basin of the Xi River, which in its turn is one of the main tributaries of the Pearl River....

Toktogul Dam  215 m Concrete gravity Naryn
Naryn
Naryn is the provincial administrative center of the Naryn Province in central Kyrgyzstan, with a population of 34,822 . It is situated on both banks of the Naryn River, , which cuts a picturesque gorge through the town...

Daniel-Johnson Dam
Daniel-Johnson Dam
The Daniel-Johnson Dam , formerly known as Manic-5, is a multiple arch buttress dam on the Manicouagan River which creates Manicouagan Reservoir. The dam is composed of 14 buttresses and 13 arches and is north of Baie-Comeau in Quebec, Canada...

 
214 m Concrete multiple-arch gravity Manicouagan River
Manicouagan River
The Manicouagan River is a river in Côte-Nord region of Quebec, Canada. The river originates at the Daniel-Johnson Dam of the Manicouagan Reservoir and flows approximately south, emptying into the Saint Lawrence River near Baie-Comeau...

Keban Dam
Keban Dam
The Keban Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates, located in the Elazığ Province of Turkey. The dam was the first and most upstream of several large-scale dams to be built on the Euphrates by Turkey...

 
210 m Earthen embankment Euphrates River
Ermenek Dam
Ermenek Dam
The Ermenek Dam is an arch dam on the Göksu River in Karaman Province, Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works. Completed in 2009, the primary purpose of the tall dam is to support its 300 MW power station.-References:...

 
210m Concrete arch Göksu
Göksu
The Göksu is a river in Taşeli Peninsula . Both its sources arise in the Taurus Mountains—the northern in the Geyik Mountains and the southern in the Haydar Mountains...

San Roque Dam
San Roque Dam (Philippines)
The San Roque Dam, operated under San Roque Multipurpose Project is a massive gated spillway of 200 meters height, 1.2 kilometer length embankment dam on the Agno River spanning the municipalities of San Manuel and San Nicolas, Pangasinan, nearly 200 km north of Metro Manila.The dam impounds...

 
210 m Embankment Agno River
Karun-3 Dam
Karun-3 dam
The Karun-3 dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Karun river in the province of Khuzestan, Iran. It was built to help meet Iran's energy demands as well as to provide flood control. The Karun has the highest discharge of Iran's rivers....

 
205 m Concrete gravity arch Karun River
Zimapán Dam
Zimapán Dam
The Zimapán Dam, also known as Fernando Hiriart Balderrama Dam, is an arch dam on the Moctezuma River about southwest of Zimapán in Hidalgo state, Mexico...

 
203 m Concrete arch-gravity Moctezuma River
Moctezuma River
-References:*Atlas of Mexico, 1975 .*The Prentice Hall American World Atlas, 1984.*Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993....

Dez Dam
Dez Dam
The Dez Dam is a large hydroelectric dam built in Iran in 1963 by an Italian consortium.The dam is on the Dez River in the Northwestern province of Khuzestan, the closest city being Andimeshk. It is high, making it one of the highest in the world, and has a reservoir capacity of...

 
203 m Concrete gravity arch Dez River
Dez River
The Dez River , the ancient Coprates , is a tributary of the Karun River and is 400 km long. It is the site of the Dez Dam.It is believed that a fortress protected a strategic bridge across the river at Dezful, whence the name, although no trace of this castle remains. The old part of the city...

Almendra Dam
Almendra Dam
The Almendra Dam, also known as Villarino Dam, in Salamanca, Spain, interrupts the course of the River Tormes five kilometres from the village from which it takes its name: Almendra...

 
202 m Concrete arch Tormes River
Campos Novos Dam
Campos Novos Dam
The Campos Novos Dam is a hydroelectric dam in Santa Catarina province in southern Brazil...

 
202 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Canoas River
Canoas River (Santa Catarina)
The Canoas River is a river of Santa Catarina state in southeastern Brazil. The river joins the Pelotas River to form the Uruguay River.-See also:*List of rivers of Santa Catarina-References:* ] map]...

Berke Dam
Berke Dam
Berke Dam is concrete arch-gravity dam built on the Ceyhan river in southern Turkey. There is a hydroelectric power plant, established in 2001 at the dam, with a power output of 510 MW ....

 
201 m Concrete arch-gravity Ceyhan River
Guangzhao Dam
Guangzhao Dam
The Guangzhao Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Beipan River near Guangzhao in Guanling County, Guizhou Province, China. The main purpose of the project is hydroelectric power generation with additional purposes of water regulation and irrigation...

 
200.5 m Gravity Beipan River
Beipan River
Beipan River is a river in the Guizhou province, China, and part of the great Pearl River basin.-Other names:The upper reaches in Yunnan and Guizhou were once known as the Zangke River.-Course:...

Kölnbrein Dam  200 m Concrete double-arch gravity Streams in upper Malta
Malta, Austria
Malta is a municipality in the Austrian state of Carinthia, in the district of Spittal an der Drau, west of the town of Gmünd. Situated within the Hohe Tauern mountain range, it covers most of the valley of the Malta river, a tributary of the Lieser. The municipality includes the Katastralgemeinden...

Shahid Abbaspour Dam
Shahid Abbaspour dam
The Shahid Abbaspour Dam is a large arch dam providing hydroelectricity from the Karun River; it is located about northeast of Masjed Soleiman, in the province of Khuzestan, Iran, and originally completed in 1976, and formerly named "Reza Shah Kabir Dam"...

 (Karun 1)
200m Double arch concrete Karun River
New Bullards Bar Dam
New Bullards Bar Dam
New Bullards Bar Dam is a dam in California on the North Yuba River and forms the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, which has a capacity of . It is located near the town of Dobbins in Yuba County. The dam is operated by the Yuba County Water Agency for irrigation, drinking water and hydroelectric power...

 
196.6 m Concrete arch-gravity Yuba River
Yuba River
The Yuba River is a tributary of the Feather River in the Sacramento Valley of the U.S. state of California. It is one of the Feather's most important branches, providing about a third of its flow. The main stem of the river is about long, and its headwaters are split into North, Middle and South...

Itaipu Dam  196 m Concrete gravity / Paraná River
Paraná River
The Paraná River is a river in south Central South America, running through Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina for some . It is second in length only to the Amazon River among South American rivers. The name Paraná is an abbreviation of the phrase "para rehe onáva", which comes from the Tupi language...

Altinkaya Dam
Altinkaya Dam
The Altınkaya Dam is a rock-fill dam for irrigation and hydro power purposes, located on the River Kızılırmak, 23 km south of Bafra and 35 km west of Samsun in northern Turkey. It feeds Lake of Derbent....

 
195 m Embankment, rock-fill Kizil Irmak
Kárahnjúkastífla Dam
Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Project
Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Plant is a hydroelectric power plant in eastern Iceland designed to produce 4,600 GWh annually for Alcoa's Fjardaál aluminum smelter to the east in Reyðarfjörður. The project, named after nearby Mount Kárahnjúkur, involves damming the Jökulsá á Dal River and the Jökulsá...

 
193 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Jökulsá
New Melones Dam
New Melones Dam
New Melones Dam is an earth and rock filled dam across the Stanislaus River creating New Melones Lake. Situated between Calaveras and Tuolumne County, California in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Jamestown, the dam was completed in 1979 replacing the old Melones Dam.-Background:The dam was...

 
190.5 m Embankment, earth/rock-fill Stanislaus River
Stanislaus River
The Stanislaus River in California is one of the largest tributaries of the San Joaquin River. The river is long and has north, middle and south forks...

W.A.C. Bennett Dam  190.5 m Embankment, earth-fill Peace River
Peace River (Canada)
The Peace River is a river in Canada that originates in the Rocky Mountains of northern British Columbia and flows to the northeast through northern Alberta. The Peace River flows into the Slave River, a tributary of the Mackenzie River. The Mackenzie is the 12th longest river in the world,...

Miel 1 Dam  188 m Roller compacted-concrete gravity Miel River
Aguamilpa Dam
Aguamilpa Dam
The Aguamilpa Dam is an embankment dam on the Río Grande de Santiago in the Mexican state of Nayarit, northeast of Tepic. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supplies a 960 MW power station with water...

 
187 m Embankment, concrete face rock-fill Rio Grande de Santiago
Río Grande de Santiago
The Río Grande de Santiago is one of the longest rivers in Mexico, measuring up long. The river begins at Lake Chapala and continues roughly north-west through the Sierra Madre Occidental, receiving the Verde, Juchipila, Bolaños, and other tributaries...

Kurobe Dam
Kurobe dam
The or , is a variable-radius arch dam on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture on the island of Honshū, Japan. It supports the 335 MW Kurobe No. 4 Hydropower Plant and is owned by Kansai Electric Power Company. At high, it is the tallest dam in Japan. It was constructed between 1956 and 1963 at...

 
186 m Concrete arch-gravity Kurobe River
Kurobe River
The is a river in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. 86 km in length, it has a watershed of 689 km².The river rises from Mount Washiba in the Hida Mountains and carves the deep valley known as the Kurobe gorge...

Pubugou Dam
Pubugou Dam
The Pubugou Dam is concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Dadu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province...

 
186 m Embankment, concrete face rock-fill Yalong River
Yalong River
The Nyag Qu or Yalong River, also called Ya-lung River is an 822 mile long river in the Sichuan province of southern China. It flows into the Yangtze River along the border with Yunnan. It is a tributary of the Yangtze River...

Zillergründl Dam
Zillergründl Dam
The Zillergründl Dam is an arch dam on the Ziller River in the upper Ziller Valley of Tyrol state, Austria. It is east of Mayrhofen. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it supports a 360 MW pumped-storage power station...

 
186 m Concrete arch Ziller
Ziller
The Ziller is an approximately 47 km long right-side tributary to the Inn River, in the Zillertal in Tyrol, Austria. It springs from the ridge of the Zillertal Alps, and feeds the Zillergründl Dam. In Mayrhofen it receives the Zemmbach...

Sanbanxi Dam
Sanbanxi Dam
The Sanbanxi Dam is a concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Yuan River in Jinping County, Guizhou Province, China. The dam houses a hydroelectric power station with 4 x 250 MW generators for a total installed capacity of 1,000 MW. Construction began in 2001 and was complete by 2006....

 
185.6 m Concrete face rock-fill Yuanshui River
Oymapinar Dam
Oymapinar Dam
Oymapinar Dam is an arch dam built on the Manavgat river in Turkey in 1984. It is an arch dam in design, 185 m in height, built to generate hydroelectric power.Oymapınar Dam is located 12 km north of Manavgat Waterfall...

 
185.5 m Concrete arch Manavgat River
Manavgat River
Manavgat River originates on the eastern slopes of Western Taurus Mountains in Turkey, and flows south over conglomerated strata for about 90 km, then over the Manavgat Waterfall and though the coastal plain and into the Mediterranean Sea...

Barra Grande Dam  185 m Concrete face rock-fill Pelotas River
Pelotas River
The Pelotas River is a river in southern Brazil, and a tributary of the Uruguay River.The river originates in the Serra Geral at Alto do Bispo and flows northeast for before meeting the Canoas River, forming the Uruguay River...

Katse dam
Katse Dam
The Katse Dam, a concrete arch dam on the Malibamat'so River in Lesotho, is Africa's second largest dam....

 
185 m Concrete double-arch Orange
Orange River
The Orange River , Gariep River, Groote River or Senqu River is the longest river in South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean...

Tekeze Dam
Tekezé Dam
Tekezé Dam is a double-curvature arch dam in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia on the Tekezé River, a Nile tributary that flows through one of the deepest canyons in the world. At the time of completion, the high dam is said to be Africa's largest arch dam. The dam consists of four...

 
183 m Concrete gravity Tekeze River
Tekezé River
The Tekezé River, also known as the Takkaze River, is a major river of Ethiopia, and forms a section the westernmost border of Ethiopia and Eritrea for part of its course. The river is also known as the Setit in Eritrea, western Ethiopia, and eastern Sudan. According to materials published by the...

Three Gorges Dam
Three Gorges Dam
The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping, located in the Yiling District of Yichang, in Hubei province, China...

 
181 m Concrete gravity Yangtze River
Yangtze River
The Yangtze, Yangzi or Cháng Jiāng is the longest river in Asia, and the third-longest in the world. It flows for from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the...

Mossyrock Dam
Mossyrock Dam
Mossyrock Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Cowlitz River near Mossyrock in Lewis County, Washington. The reservoir created by the dam is called Riffe Lake and the primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric production while flood control is secondary...

 
184.7 m Concrete arch-gravity Cowlitz River
Cowlitz River
The Cowlitz River is a river in the state of Washington in the United States, a tributary of the Columbia River. Its tributaries drain a large region including the slopes of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount St. Helens....

Atatürk Dam
Atatürk Dam
The Atatürk Dam , originally the Karababa Dam, is a zoned rock-fill dam with a central core on the Euphrates River on the border of Adıyaman Province and Şanlıurfa Province in Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey...

 
184/169 m Earthen embankment Euphrates River
Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam is an arch dam across the Sacramento River in the northern part of the U.S. state of California, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley. The dam mainly serves long-term water storage and flood control in its reservoir, Shasta Lake, and also generates hydroelectric power...

 
183.5 m Concrete gravity arch Sacramento River
Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is an important watercourse of Northern and Central California in the United States. The largest river in California, it rises on the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains, and after a journey south of over , empties into Suisun Bay, an arm of the San Francisco Bay, and...

Techi Dam
Techi Dam
The Techi Dam is a concrete thin arch dam on the Dajia River in the mountains of central Taiwan, some south of Heping in Taichung County. At high, it is one of the tallest dams in the country. It serves primarily for flood control and hydroelectric generation...

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181 m Concrete gravity-arch Dajia (Tachia)
Tignes
Tignes
Tignes is a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is also a ski resort near Val d'Isère, that are linked together as the "Espace Killy" region...

 
180 m Concrete gravity-arch Lac du Chevril
Dartmouth Dam
Dartmouth Dam
Dartmouth Dam is a large dam on the Mitta Mitta River in the north-eastern portion of the Australian state of Victoria. The dam creates the artificial Lake Dartmouth, storing water from the Victorian "High Country's" snow fields for summer release into the Mitta Mitta and subsequently into the...

 
180 m Earthen embankment Mitta Mitta River
Mitta Mitta River
The Mitta Mitta River is a major tributary of the Murray River in Australia and the source of approximately 40% of the Murray's flow.The river's headwaters include Victoria's highest mountain, Mount Bogong, with the Mitta Mitta itself forming at the confluence of the Cobungra River and the Big...

Emosson Dam
Lac d'Emosson
Lac d'Emosson is a reservoir in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It is located in the municipalities of Salvan and Finhaut. The closest major city in Switzerland is Martigny. The lake has a surface area of 3.27 km² and an elevation of 1,930 m. The maximum depth is 161 m.The first dam of Emosson...

 
180 m Concrete arch Barberini
Barberini
The Barberini are a family of the Italian nobility that rose to prominence in 17th century Rome. Their influence peaked with the election of Cardinal Maffeo Barberini to the papal throne in 1623, as Pope Urban VIII...

Amir Kabir Dam
Amir Kabir Dam
Amir Kabir dam , also known as Karaj dam, is a dam in Iran, located northwest of Tehran and north of Karaj. Amir kabir Dam was constructed on the Karaj River, and was the first multi-purpose dam in Iran.- Construction :...

 
180 m Concrete arch Karaj
Karaj
Karaj is a city in and the capital of Karaj County, Alborz Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 1,377,450, in 385,955 families, , making it the fifth-largest city in Iran after Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan and Tabriz.) It is situated west of Tehran, at the foothills of the Alborz...

Piedra del Águila Dam
Piedra del Águila Dam
The Piedra del Águila Dam is the second of five dams on the Limay River in northwestern Argentine Patagonia and 590 m above mean sea level, downstream from the confluence of the Limay and the Collón Curá River...

 
180 m Concrete gravity Rio Limay
Hongjiadu Dam
Hongjiadu Dam
The Hongjiadu Dam is a concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Liuchong River in Qianxi County, Guizhou Province, China. The dam is tall and was built for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation and water supply. The dam supports a 600 MW and withholds a reservoir....

 
179.5 m Concrete-face rock-fill Liuchong River
Liuchong River
The Liuchong River is a tributary of the Wu River in Guizhou Province, China. It is interrupted by the Hongjiadu Dam....

Longyangxia Dam
Longyangxia Dam
The Longyangxia Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam at the entrance of the Longyangxia canyon on the Yellow River in Gonghe County, Qinghai Province, China. The dam is tall and was built for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, ice control and flood control...

 
178 m Concrete gravity-arch Huang He
Tianshengqiao Dam  178 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Nanpan River
Nanpan River
The Nanpan River has its source in the Yungui Plateau of eastern Yunnan Province. It then flows east, forming part of the border between Guizhou and Guangxi provinces. It joins with the Beipan River to become the Hongshui River....

El Cajón
El Cajón Dam (Mexico)
The El Cajón Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Río Grande de Santiago in the Mexican state of Nayarit. Construction began in 2003 and was completed in June 2007. It cost US$800 million to build. It is long and is high. The reservoir holds approximately of water, and the generators are capable of...

 
178 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Rio Grande de Santiago
Río Grande de Santiago
The Río Grande de Santiago is one of the longest rivers in Mexico, measuring up long. The river begins at Lake Chapala and continues roughly north-west through the Sierra Madre Occidental, receiving the Verde, Juchipila, Bolaños, and other tributaries...

New Don Pedro Dam
Don Pedro Dam
The Don Pedro Dam, since 1971 also known as the Old Don Pedro Dam, was a dam across the Tuolumne River in Tuolumne County, California. The structure is currently flooded underneath Don Pedro Reservoir, which is formed by the New Don Pedro Dam....

 
178 m Earthen embankment Tuolumne River
Tuolumne River
The Tuolumne River is a California river that flows nearly from the central Sierra Nevada to the San Joaquin River in the Central Valley...

Takase Dam  176 m Embankment, rock-fill Shinano
Shinano River
The Shinano River is the longest and largest river in Japan. It flows from Nagano Prefecture to Niigata Prefecture. It is called the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture....

Nader Shah
Nader Shah
Nāder Shāh Afshār ruled as Shah of Iran and was the founder of the Afsharid dynasty. Because of his military genius, some historians have described him as the Napoleon of Persia or the Second Alexander...

 
175 m Concrete gravity Marun River
Marun River
The Marun River is one of the primary rivers in the Iranian province of Khuzestan. The name is also spelled as "Maroun."...

Hasan Ugurlu Dam
Hasan Ugurlu Dam
The Hasan Uğurlu Dam is a rock-fill dam for hydro power purposes, located on the River Yeşilırmak 23 km south of Çarşamba town and 25 km east of Samsun in northern Turkey. Originally, it was named the Ayvacık Dam...

 
175 m Embankment, rock-fill Yesilirmak
Karakaya Dam
Karakaya Dam
The Karakaya Dam is one of the 21 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project of Turkey, built on the Euphrates River and completed in 1987. The hydroelectric dam generates power with six units of , totalling the installed capacity to ....

 
173m Concrete arch gravity Euphrates
Euphrates
The Euphrates is the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia...

Alpe Gera Dam
Alpe Gera Dam
The Alpe Gera Dam is a gravity dam on the Cormor River northeast of Sondrio in the Lombardy region of Italy. It is tall and supports a 35 MW hydroelectric power station....

 
174 m Concrete gravity Cormor
Cormor
The Cormor is an Italian river in the province of Udine. The source of the river is west of Fagagna and east of Spilimbergo. The river initially flows south but then curves east and flows past Martignacco. The river then flows south past Udine until it empties into the Laguna di Marano in the Gulf...

Revelstoke Dam
Revelstoke Dam
The Revelstoke Dam, also known as Revelstoke Canyon Dam, is a hydroelectric dam spanning the Columbia River, 5 km north of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada. The powerhouse was completed in 1984 and has a generating capacity of 2480 MW. Four generating units were installed initially, with one...

 
174 m Concrete gravity Columbia River
Columbia River
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the U.S. state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state...

Thissavros  172 m Embankment, rock-fill Nestos
Hungry Horse Dam
Hungry Horse Dam
Hungry Horse Dam is an arch dam on the South Fork Flathead River in the Rocky Mountains of the U.S. state of Montana. It is located in Flathead National Forest, in Flathead County, about south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park, southeast of Columbia Falls, and northeast of Kalispell...

 
171.9 m Concrete arch-gravity Flathead River
Flathead River
The Flathead River, in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Montana, originates in the Rocky Mountains near Glacier National Park and flows southwest into Flathead Lake, then after a journey of , empties into the Clark Fork. The river is part of the Columbia River drainage basin, as the Clark...

Cahora Bassa Dam
Cahora Bassa Dam
The Cahora Bassa Dam system is the largest hydroelectric scheme in southern Africa with the powerhouse containing five turbines. It is one of the three major dams on the Zambezi river system, the others being Kariba and Itezhi-Tezhi. However, Itezhi-Tezhi is not on the main stream of the Zambezi,...

 
171 m Concrete, arch gravity Zambezi River
Denis-Perron Dam 171 m Embankment, rock-fill Sainte-Marguerite River
Paute Dam  170 m Concrete, arch-gravity Paute River
Paute River
The Paute River is a river of Ecuador. It is a tributary of the Santiago River, which is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Paute Dam is located on the river.-References:* Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993.* *...

Idukki Dam
Idukki Dam
The Idukki Dam, located in Kerala, India, is a 555 foot tall arch dam. The dam stands between the two mountains - Kuravanmala m and Kurathimala m. It was constructed and is owned by the Kerala State Electricity Board....

 
168 m Concrete arch Periyar
Periyar River
Periyar is the longest river in the state of Kerala, India, with a length of 244 km. The Periyar is known as the lifeline of Kerala; it is one of the few perennial rivers in the region and provides drinking water for several major towns...

Bruno Creek Tailings Dam  168 m Embankment, center-line tailings Bruno Creek
Charvak Dam  168 m Embankment, earth/rock-fill Chirchik
Gura Apei  168 m Embankment, rock-fill Raul Mare
Seven Oaks Dam
Seven Oaks Dam
The Seven Oaks Dam is located on the Santa Ana River, 4 miles northeast of Redlands, California. It was constructed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control dam. The dam sits virtually on top of the San Andreas Fault and is designed to withstand a magnitude 8.0...

 
168 m Earthen embankment, rock-fill Santa Ana River
Santa Ana River
The Santa Ana River is the largest river of Southern California in the United States. Its drainage basin spans four counties. It rises in the San Bernardino Mountains and flows past the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside, before cutting through the northern tip of the Santa Ana Mountains and...

Dongfeng Dam
Dongfeng Dam
The Dongfeng Dam is an arch dam on the Wu River northwest of Qingzhen in Guizhou Province, China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 570 MW power station. Construction on the dam began in 1989 and the first generator was operational in 1994, the last...

 
168 m Concrete arch Wu
Wu River (Yangtze River)
Wu Jiang , known also as Wu River, is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River. Nearly its entire length of runs within the mountainous and ethnically diverse region of Guizhou.-Course:...

Grand Coulee Dam
Grand Coulee Dam
Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation. It was constructed between 1933 and 1942, originally with two power plants. A third power station was completed in 1974 to increase its energy...

 
167.6 m Concrete gravity Columbia River
Columbia River
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the U.S. state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state...

Vidraru Dam
Vidraru Dam
Vidraru Dam is a dam in Romania. It was built in 1965 on the Argeş River.It is an arch dam built on a foundation of rock, and it was built to produce hydroelectricity. Its construction created a reservoir, Lake Vidraru...

 
166 m Concrete arch Arges
Arges
Arges was one of the Cyclopes in Greek mythology. He was elsewhere called Acmonides or Pyraemon. His name means 'bright' and represents the brightness from lightning....

Marun Dam
Marun Dam
Marun Dam is a hydroelectric dam in Iran with an installed electricity generating capability of 151 MWh. It is situated in Khuzestan Province.-References:...

 
165 m Embankment Marun River
Marun River
The Marun River is one of the primary rivers in the Iranian province of Khuzestan. The name is also spelled as "Maroun."...

Kremasta Dam
Kremasta (lake)
Lake Kremasta is the largest artificial lake in Greece. The construction of the dam of Kremasta was completed in 1969 concentrating waters from four rivers: Acheloos, Agrafiotis, Tavropos and Trikeriotis. The water that is accumulated in the artificial lake is about 4,700,000,000 m³...

 
165 m Embankment, earth-fill Achelous River
Thomson Dam  165 m Embankment, earth-fill Thomson River
Thomson River (Victoria)
The Thomson River is a river in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It starts below Newlands at the north western end of the Baw Baw Plateau at an elevation of 972 m, where it shares a watershed with the Yarra River and Tanjil River, and ends at an elevation of 1.55 m merging with the Latrobe River...

Wujiangdu Dam
Wujiangdu Dam
The Wujiangdu Dam is an arch-gravity dam on the Wujiang River south of Zunyi, Guizhou Province, China. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation, flood control and navigation...

 
165 m Arch-gravity Wujiang River
Trinity Dam
Trinity Dam
Trinity Dam is an earth dam on the Trinity River that forms Trinity Lake near Weaverville, California. Trinity Lake was previously called Clair Engle Lake. The earthfill dam was built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Construction was completed in 1962. Trinity Lake has a capacity of , making it...

 
164 m Embankment, earth-fill Trinity River
Trinity River (California)
The Trinity River is the longest tributary of the Klamath River, approximately long, in northwestern California in the United States. It drains an area of the Coast Ranges, including the southern Klamath Mountains, northwest of the Sacramento Valley...

Masjed-Soleyman  164m Rock-fill clay-core Karun
Karun
The Kārun is Iran's most effluent, and the only navigable, river. It is 450 miles long. It rises in the Zard Kuh mountains of the Bakhtiari district in the Zagros Range, receiving many tributaries, such as the Dez and the Kuhrang, before passing through the capital of the Khuzestan Province of...

Guri Dam
Guri Dam
The Guri Dam is a concrete gravity and embankment dam in Bolívar State, Venezuela on the Caroni River. Its official name is Central Hidroeléctrica Simón Bolívar...

 
162 m Concrete gravity Río Caroní
Talbingo Dam
Talbingo Dam
Talbingo Dam is located on the Tumut River in southern New South Wales. It is the largest dam in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, with the associated Tumut 3 Power Station also the largest in the project...

 
162 m Embankment, earth-fill Tumut River
Tumut River
The Tumut River is a river in New South Wales, Australia.The Tumut River rises on the northern face of Mount Jagungal in the Snowy Mountains of southern New South Wales. It flows about 145km before joining the Murrumbidgee River, at Darbalara near the town of Gundagai...

Huites Dam 162m Concrete gravity arch Fuerte
Fuerte River
The Fuerte River is a river in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa. It begins at the junction of the Verde and Urique rivers, on the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range. It flows generally southwest for a distance of 290 km, emptying into the Gulf of California at Lechuguilla Island,...

Robert-Bourassa Dam  162m Embankment earth-fill La Grande River
La Grande River
La Grande River is a river in northwestern Quebec, Canada, which rises in the highlands of north central Quebec and flows roughly west to drain into James Bay. It is the second largest river in Quebec, surpassed only by the Saint Lawrence River....

Tankeng Dam
Tankeng Dam
The Tankeng Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill embankment dam on the Ou River located west of Qingtian, Zhejiang Province, China. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation but it also provides for flood control, irrigation, and tourism. The tall dam creates a reservoir with a...

 
162 m Concrete face rock-fill Ou River
Tokuyama Dam
Tokuyama Dam
The is an embankment dam near Ibigawa, Ibi District, Gifu Prefecture in Japan. The dam was completed in 2008 and will support a 153 MW hydroelectric power station that is expected to be complete in 2014. The dam was originally intended to withhold the upper reservoir of a 400 MW...

 
161 m Embankment Ibi River
Ibi River
The is a tributary of the Kiso River located in Gifu and Mie Prefectures in Japan. Along with the Nagara and Kiso rivers, the Ibi is the third of the Kiso Three Rivers of the Nōbi Plain. It is one of Japan's first-class rivers...

Foz do Areia Dam  160 m Embankment, concrete face rock-fill Iguaçu
Iguazu River
The Iguazu River is a river in Brazil and Argentina. It is an important tributary of the Paraná River. The Iguazu River is long, with a drainage basin of .-Course:...

Grand'Maison  160 m Embankment, rock-fill Eau d'Olle
Jinanqiao Dam
Jinanqiao Dam
The Jinanqiao Dam or Jin'anqiao is a concrete gravity dam on the Jinsha River southeast of Lijiang City in Yunnan Province, China. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and flood control....

 
160 m Concrete gravity Jinsha River
Jinsha River
Jinsha River is the westernmost of the major headwater streams of the Yangtze River, southwestern China.Its headwaters rise in the Wulan and Kekexili ranges in western Qinghai province, to the south of the Kunlun Mountains, and on the northern slope of the Tanggula Mountains on the border of the...

Los Leones Dam
Los Leones Dam
The Los Leones Dam is a tailings dam on Rio Los Leones, a tributary of Rio Blano, about northeast of Santiago, in Los Andes Province, Chile. The dam was constructed in segments between 1980 and 1999 and is now used only for emergencies. The dam is tall on its upstream face and tall on its...

 
160 m Earthen embankment Los Leones
Río Blanco
-United States:*Rio Blanco & Rio Blanco County, Colorado**Rio Blanco Oil Shale Company*Rio Blanco, Puerto Rico*Blanco River -Uruguay:...

Ranjit Sagar Dam
Ranjit Sagar Dam Project
The Ranjit Sagar Dam, also known as the Thein Dam, is part of a hydroelectric project constructed by the Government of Punjab on the Ravi River in the state of Punjab. The project is situated near Pathankot city in Gurdaspur District of the state of Punjab. The project is the biggest hydroelectric...

 
160 m Embankment Ravi River
Ravi River
The Ravi is a trans-boundary river flowing through Northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. It is one of the six rivers of the Indus System in Punjab region ....

Ross Dam
Ross Dam
Ross Dam is a -high, -long concrete thin-arch dam across the Skagit River, forming Ross Lake. The dam is in Washington State, while Ross Lake extends north into British Columbia, Canada...

 
160 m Concrete thin arch Skagit River
Skagit River
The Skagit River is a river in southwestern British Columbia in Canada and northwestern Washington in the United States, approximately 150 mi long...

Yellowtail Dam
Yellowtail Dam
Yellowtail Dam is a dam across the Bighorn River in southwestern Montana in the United States. The mid-1960s era concrete arch dam serves to regulate the flow of the Bighorn for irrigation purposes and to generate hydroelectric power. The dam and its reservoir, Bighorn Lake, are owned by the U.S...

 
160 m Concrete arch-gravity Bighorn River
Bighorn River
The Bighorn River is a tributary of the Yellowstone, approximately long, in the western United States in the states of Wyoming and Montana. The river was named in 1805 by fur trader François Larocque for the Bighorn Sheep he saw along its banks as he explored the Yellowstone River.The upper...

Pai Querê Dam  158 m Concrete-face rock-fill Pelotas River
Pelotas River
The Pelotas River is a river in southern Brazil, and a tributary of the Uruguay River.The river originates in the Serra Geral at Alto do Bispo and flows northeast for before meeting the Canoas River, forming the Uruguay River...

Cougar Dam
Cougar Dam
Cougar Dam is a tall rockfill hydroelectric dam in the U.S. state of Oregon. It has a gated concrete spillway and a powerhouse with two turbines totaling 25 megawatts of electric power....

 
158 m Rock-fill embankment dam McKenzie River
McKenzie River
The McKenzie River is a tributary of the Willamette River in western Oregon in the United States. It drains part of the Cascade Range east of Eugene and flows into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley. It is named for Donald MacKenzie, a Scottish Canadian fur trader...

Emborcação Dam
Emborcação Dam
The Emborcação Dam, also known as Theodomiro Sampaio, is an embankment dam on the Paranaíba River near Araguari in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It was constructed for hydroelectric power production and flood control.-Background:...

 
158 m Embankment, earth-fill Rio Paranaíba
Rio Paranaíba
Rio Paranaíba is a Brazilian municipality located in the northwest of the state of Minas Gerais. Its population as of 2007 was 10,809 people living in a total area of 1,353 km². The city belongs to the mesoregion of Triângulo Mineiro e Alto Paranaíba and to the microregion of Patos de Minas...

Naramata Dam
Naramata Dam
Naramata Dam is a dam near Minakami, in the Gunma Prefecture of Japan. It supports a 12.2 MW hydroelectric power station.-References:...

 
158 m Embankment, rock-fill Naramata
Geheyan Dam
Geheyan dam
The Geheyan Dam is an arch-gravity dam on the Qingjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River, in Hubei, China.The dam is located in Changyang Tujia Autonomous County , just a few kilometers to the west from the county seat.The dam is designed in 1987, and is equipped with a ship lift capable...

 
157 m Concrete arch Qingjiang River
Dongjiang Dam
Dongjiang Dam
The Dongjiang Dam is an arch dam on the Lishui River southwest of Zixing in Hunan Province, China. The dam was constructed between 1978 and 1992 and supports a 500 MW hydroelectric power station. The dam also provides for flood control, navigation and water supply...

 
157 m Concrete arch Lishui River
Lishui River
Lishui River is a river in Hunan province of China, one of the Yangtze River's four largest tributaries in the province....

Jilintai I Dam
Jilintai I Dam
The Jilintai I Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill embankment dam on the Kashgar River, east of Nilka in Xinjiang, China. The dam was constructed between 2001 and 2005 for several purposes but mainly hydroelectric power generation. It supports a 460 MW power station. The Jilintai I is the first of 10...

 
157 m Concrete-face rock-fill Kashi River
Okutadami Dam
Okutadami Dam
The Okutadami Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Tadami River, east of Uonuma on the border of Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures, Japan. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 560 MW power station which is the largest conventional hydroelectric power...

 
157 m Concrete gravity Tadami River
Tadami River
The is a major tributary of the Agano River in Japan. Its basin covers and its main stem is extensively regulated and developed for hydroelectric power...

Speccheri Dam  157 m Concrete arch Vallarsa
Vallarsa
Vallarsa is a comune in Trentino in the northern Italian region Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, located about 30 km south of Trento...

Malutang Dam
Malutang Dam
The Malutang Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Panlong River in Malipo County, Yunnan Province, China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and the power plant was constructed in two stages. Stage I consists of a tall gravity dam which diverted water through...

 
156 m Concrete-face rock-fill Panlong River
Panlong River
Panlong River passes through Kunming City, Yunnan, China. It receives a large quantity of municipal sewage and wastewater from industrial effluent...

Miyagase Dam
Miyagase Dam
The is a dam on the Nakatsu River, a main tributary of the Sagami River in Aikō District, Kanagawa Prefecture on the island of Honshū, Japan. It straddles the border between the village of Kiyokawa, town of Aikawa and the former town of Tsukui The is a dam on the Nakatsu River, a main tributary...

 
156 m Concrete gravity Nakatsu River
Nakatsu River
The is a river in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It flows through the city of Morioka, where it enters the Kitakami River....

Nukui Dam
Nukui Dam
Nukui Dam is a dam in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan.-References:...

 
156 m Concrete arch Takayama
Takayama
Takayama may refer to:*Takayama, Gifu, a city**Takayama Castle**Takayama Station, a railway station*Takayama, Gunma, a village*Takayama, Nagano, a village*Takayama Main Line, a railway lineTakayama is a Japanese surname:...

Swift Dam
Swift Dam
Swift Dam or Swift No. 1 is an earth-type hydroelectric dam on the Lewis River, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is located in Skamania County. Its reservoir is called Swift Reservoir.-References:...

 
156 m Embankment, earth-fill Lewis River
Lewis River (Washington)
The Lewis River is a tributary of the Columbia River, about long, in southwestern Washington in the United States. It drains part of the Cascade Range north of the Columbia River. The drainage basin of the Lewis River covers about . The river's mean annual discharge is about . Unlike nearby Lewis...

Urayama  156m Roller compacted concrete Arakawa River
Arakawa River
The is one of the principal rivers flowing through Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. The point of origin is on Mount Kobushi in Saitama Prefecture, and the Arakawa River empties into Tokyo Bay, spanning 173 kilometers. The drainage basin covers 2,940 square kilometers...

Zeuzier Dam
Lac de Tseuzier
Lac de Tseuzier is an artificial lake in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It is located in the municipalities of Ayent and Icogne. The reservoir has a volume of 51 mio m³ and a surface area of 0.85 km². It was formed by the dams of Zeuzier and Proz-Riond built in 1957.-External links:***...

 
156 m Concrete arch Lienne
Lienne
Lienne is a river of Belgium. It flows for 28 kilometres through the province of Liège in the northern-central part of the country....

Zipingpu Dam  156 m Embankment Min River
Tepco Upper Azumi Dam  155.5m Concrete arch Azumi
Azumi
is a Japanese manga series created by Yū Koyama in 1994. The manga was originally published by Shogakukan and serialized in Big Comic Superior, and was later adapted to two feature films starring Aya Ueto, a video game and a stage play. Azumi received an Excellence Prize at the 1997 Japan Media...

Sakuma Dam
Sakuma Dam
The is a dam on the Tenryū River, located on the border of Toyone, Kitashitara District, Aichi Prefecture on the island of Honshū, Japan. It is one of the tallest dams in Japan and supports a 350 MW hydroelectric power station...

 
155.5 m Concrete gravity Tenryū River
Tenryu River
The is a river arising from Lake Suwa in Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, grazing Aichi Prefecture and flowing through western Shizuoka Prefecture in central Honshū, Japan. With a length of , it is Japan's ninth longest river.-Geography:...

Bashan Dam
Bashan Dam
The Bashan Dam is an embankment dam on the Renhe River located northwest of Chengkou County's seat in Chongqing, China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 140 MW power station containing two 70 MW Pelton turbine-generators. It is a concrete-face...

 
155 m Concrete-face rock-fill Renhe
Lijiaxia Dam
Lijiaxia Dam
The Lijiaxia Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Yellow River in Jainca County, Qinghai Province, China. The dam houses a hydroelectric power station with 5 x 400 MW generators for a total installed capacity of 2,000 MW. Construction began in April 1988 and the reservoir began to fill on...

 
155 m Concrete gravity-arch Huang He
Göscheneralp Dam
Göscheneralpsee
Göscheneralpsee is a lake in the municipality of Göschenen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland. The volume of the reservoir is 76 mio m³ and its surface area 1.32 km².-External links:*...

 
155 m Embankment, earth-fill Göschenerreuss
Place Moulin Dam  155 m Concrete arch Buthier
Buthier
The Buthier is a mountain torrent in north-west Italy. A left tributary of the Dora Baltea, its entire course lies within the Valpelline valley, in the region of Aosta Valley.- Course :...

Kenyir Dam  155 m Embankment Kenyir
Ralco Dam
Ralco Hydroelectric Plant
Ralco Hydroelectric Plant is a hydroelectric power station and dam in Bío-Bío Region, Chile. The plant uses water from the upper Bío-Bío River and produces 690 MW of electricity. The plant was built by ENDESA in 2004. The project has proven controversial with local indigenous Mapuche since a...

 
155 m Roller-compacted concrete gravity Biobío River
Turkwel Dam  155 m Concrete arch Turkwel
Bhumibol Dam
Bhumibol Dam
The Bhumibol Dam is a concrete arch dam on the Ping River, a tributary of the Chao Phraya River, in Amphoe Sam Ngao district of Tak Province, Thailand. It is located about north of Bangkok and was built for the purposes of water storage, hydroelectric power production, flood control, fisheries...

 
154 m Concrete arch Ping
Ping
Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer...

Serra da Mesa Dam
Serra da Mesa Dam
The Serra da Mesa Dam, once known as Sao Felix, is an embankment dam on the Tocantins River near Minaçu in Goiás, Brazil. The dam serves an associated hydroelectric power plant with a 1,275 MW installed capacity...

 
154 m Embankment Tocantins
Tocantins
Tocantins may refer to:* Tocantins, a state in Brazil* Tocantins River, a river in Brazil* Survivor: Tocantins, a reality show set in Tocantins, Brazil* Tocantins Esporte Clube, a Brazilian football club...

Xiaolangdi Dam
Xiaolangdi Dam
The Xiaolangdi Dam is a dam in Jiyuan, Henan Province, China, and impounds the Yellow River. The facility has a total installed capacity of and generates up to 5.1 TWh annually with the help of six turbines. The dam stands tall and wide, and cost US$3.5 billion to construct...

 
154 m Embankment, rock-fill Huang He
Malutang Dam
Malutang Dam
The Malutang Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Panlong River in Malipo County, Yunnan Province, China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and the power plant was constructed in two stages. Stage I consists of a tall gravity dam which diverted water through...

 
154 m Concrete gravity Panlong Jiang
Gepatsch Dam
Gepatschspeicher
Gepatschspeicher is a lake of Tyrol, Austria....

 
153 m Embankment, rock-fill Faggenbach, Inn River
Inn River
The Inn is a river in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. It is a right tributary of the Danube and is approximately 500km long. The highest point of its drainage basin is the summit of Piz Bernina, at 4,049 metres.- Geography :...

Curnera Dam
Lai da Curnera
Lai da Curnera is a reservoir in the municipality of Tujetsch, in the Grisons, Switzerland. The reservoir is linked to Lai da Sontga Maria and Lai da Nalps in the neighboring valley...

 
153 m Concrete arch Curnera
Monteynard-Avignonet Dam
Lac de Monteynard-Avignonet
Lac de Monteynard-Avignonet is an artificial water reservoir for the Électricité de France power station on the Drac River. It belongs to the department of Isère. It is bounded by the canyons of the Drac and Ebron....

 
153 m Concrete arch Drac
Santa Giustina
Santa Giustina
Santa Giustina is a comune in the Province of Belluno in the Italian region Veneto, located about 80 km northwest of Venice and about 15 km southwest of Belluno....

 
153 m Concrete arch Noce
Tedorigawa Dam
Tedorigawa Dam
Tedorigawa Dam is a dam in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan....

 
153 m Embankment Tedori
Flaming Gorge Dam
Flaming Gorge Dam
The Flaming Gorge Dam is a concrete thin-arch dam in the Flaming Gorge of the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Utah. One of the largest dams in the American West, Flaming Gorge Dam forms the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which extends into southern Wyoming,...

 
153 m Concrete thin-arch Green River
Green River (Utah)
The Green River, located in the western United States, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The watershed of the river, known as the Green River Basin, covers parts of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The Green River is long, beginning in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming and flowing...

Alqueva Dam
Alqueva dam
The Alqueva dam is a dam located on the Guadiana River in the Alentejo region. The reservoir is the largest in Portugal and Western Europe.The complex project was made to produce hydroelectric power, irrigation for farms in the surrounding area, as well as a large reservoir where several tourist...

 
152 m Concrete gravity-arch Guadiana
Guadiana
The Guadiana , or Odiana, is an international river located on the Portuguese–Spanish border, separating Extremadura and Andalucia from Alentejo and Algarve...

Torul Dam
Torul Dam
The Torul Dam is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Harşit River located northwest of Torul in Gümüşhane Province, Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works. Construction on the dam began in 1998 and was completed in 2007. The dam's hydroelectric power plant was...

 
152m Rockfill Harşit River
Harşit River
The Harşit River flows through Turkey's Gümüşhane and Giresun Provinces before its terminus in the Black Sea at Tirebolu. It is interrupted by the Torul and Kürtün Dams....

Fierza Dam (Fierze) 152 m Embankment, rock-fill Drin River
Drin River
The Drin is the longest river in Albania with a total length of . It has two distributaries, one going directly into the Adriatic Sea, the other one into the Bojana River .- Origin :...

Menzelet Dam
Menzelet Dam
Menzelet Dam is an embankment dam on the Ceyhan River in Kahramanmaraş Province, Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.-References:*, State Hydraulic Works , Retrieved December 16, 2009...

 
151 m Embankment Ceyhan River
Zervreila Dam
Zervreilasee
Zervreilasee is a reservoir near Vals in the canton of Grisons, Switzerland. The lake has a surface area of 1.61 km² and an elevation of 1,862 m. The maximum depth is 140 m....

 
151 m Concrete arch River Rhine
Porce III Dam
Porce III Dam
The Porce III Dam is an embankment dam on the Porce River northeast of Medillin in Antioquia Department, Colombia. The dam was constructed between 2004 and 2011 for the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation.-Background:...

 
151 m Concrete face/Rock fill Porce
Medellín river
The Medellín River , called Porce River during most of its course, is a river that flows though the Colombian city of Medellín and its metropolitan area...

Fontana Dam
Fontana Dam
Fontana Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Little Tennessee River in Swain and Graham counties, North Carolina, USA. The dam is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the early 1940s to accommodate the skyrocketing electricity demands in the Tennessee Valley at the...

 
150m Concrete gravity Little Tennessee River
Little Tennessee River
The Little Tennessee River is a tributary of the Tennessee River, approximately 135 miles long, in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States.-Geography:...

Barrage de Roselend  150 m Concrete gravity-arch-buttress Roselend
Canelles Dam  150 m Concrete arch Noguera Ribagorzana
Dongjing Dam  150 m Concrete-face rock-fill Beipan River
Beipan River
Beipan River is a river in the Guizhou province, China, and part of the great Pearl River basin.-Other names:The upper reaches in Yunnan and Guizhou were once known as the Zangke River.-Course:...

Baishan Dam
Baishan Dam
The Baishan Dam is an arch-gravity dam on the Second Songhua River near the town of Baishanzhen, Huadian, Jilin Province, China. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and flood control...

 
149.5 m Concrete gravity-arch Second Songhua River
Second Songhua River
The Second Songua River is a tributary of the Songhua River in Jilin Province, China. The river meets the Songhua and Nen Rivers near Songyuan and has several tributaries to include the First Dao, the Second Dao, Huifa, Yinma, Yitong and Lafa Rivers. It is interrupted by the Baishan, Hongshi and...

El Infiernillo Dam  149 m Embankment, rock-fill Balsas
Balsas River
The Balsas River is a major river of south-central Mexico. The basin flows through the states of Puebla, Morelos, Guerrero, and Mexico. The river empties into the Pacific Ocean at Mangrove Point, adjacent to the city of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán...

Moiry Dam  148m Concrete arch Gougra
Salvajina Dam
Salvajina Dam
The Salvajina Dam and hydroelectric plant are located in the Cauca River, corregimiento Buenos Aires, municipality Suarez, department Cauca in the southwest of Colombia. Its reservoir has a length of 31 kilometres....

 
148m Rock filled Rio Cauca
Gigerwald  147m Concrete arch Tamina
Tamina
The Tamina River in Switzerland originates near the Egghorn . First her course follows a North to South direction through the Marchtal....

Longshou II Dam
Longshou II Dam
The Longshou II Dam, also referred to as Longshou No. 2, is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Heihe River, located southwest of Zhangye in Gansu Province, China. It is part of the Gansu Heihe Rural Hydropower Development and supports a 157 MW power station. The dam's first feasibility study was...

 
146.5 m Concrete-face rock-fill Heihe River
Belisario Domínguez (Angostura) Dam
Angostura Dam
The Angostura Dam is an embankment dam and hydroelectric power station on the Grijalva River near Venustiano Carranza in Chiapas, Mexico. The dam's power plant contains 5 x 180 MW, 3 x 310 MW Francis turbine-generators. The tall dam withholds one of the largest reservoirs in Mexico of...

 
146 m Embankment Grijalva
Grijalva River
Grijalva River, formerly known as Tabasco River. is a 480 km long river in southeastern Mexico. It is named after Juan de Grijalva who visited the area in 1518. The river rises in Chiapas highlands and flows from Chiapas to the state of Tabasco through the Sumidero Canyon into the Bay of...

Limmern Dam  146m Concrete arch Limmernsee
Limmernsee
Limmernsee is a reservoir in the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland, between the peaks of Muttenchopf , Selbsanft and Kistenstöckli . It may be reached by aerial tramway or by foot from Linthal....

Hassan I Dam
Hassan I Dam
The Hassan I Dam is an embankment dam located northeast of Demnate on the Lakhdar River in Azilal Province, Morocco. Completed in 1986, the dam provides water for the irrigation of over of farmland. The dam's hydroelectric power plant also generates 132 GWh on average annually. At in height, it...

 
145 m Embankment, earth-fill Lakhdar River
Mohale Dam
Mohale dam
The Mohale Dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project--Africa's largest dam project, eventually to include 5 large dams in remote rural areas--is a rock-fill dam in Lesotho. The potential of the project was identified by the South African Civil Engineer Ninham Shand as a possible means to...

 
145 m Concrete-face rock-fill Sequnyane River
Srisailam Dam
Srisailam Dam
The Srisailam Dam is a dam constructed across the Krishna River at Srisailam in the Kurnool district in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India and is the 2nd largest capacity hydroelectric project in the country....

 
145 m Concrete gravity Krishna
Krishna
Krishna is a central figure of Hinduism and is traditionally attributed the authorship of the Bhagavad Gita. He is the supreme Being and considered in some monotheistic traditions as an Avatar of Vishnu...

Tagokura Dam
Tagokura Dam
Tagokura Dam is a gravity dam on the Tadami River in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The dam supports a 380 MW hydroelectric power station....

 
145 m Concrete gravity Tadami
Ney Braga
Ney Braga Hydroelectric Plant
The Governor Ney Braga de Barros Hydroelectric Plant, formerly known as Segredo, is dam and hydroelectric power plant on the Iguazu River near Segredo in Paraná, Brazil. It is the fourth dam upstream of the Iguazu Falls and was constructed between 1987 and 1991 while being inaugurated in 1992...

 
145m Concrete face rock-fill embankment Iguazu River
Iguazu River
The Iguazu River is a river in Brazil and Argentina. It is an important tributary of the Paraná River. The Iguazu River is long, with a drainage basin of .-Course:...

Vacha Dam
Vacha Dam
Vacha is a dam situated in south Bulgaria, Devin municipality, 680 m above sea level.It is located near the road from Krichim to Devin....

 
144.5 m Concrete Vacha
Adiguzel Dam
Adıgüzel Dam
Adıgüzel Dam is an embankment dam on the Büyük Menderes River in Denizli Province, Turkey, built between 1976 and 1989. The dam creates a lake which is 25.9 km ² and irrigates 94,825 hectares.-References:*...

 
144m Earthen embankment rock fill Buyuk Menderes
Özlüce Dam
Özlüce Dam
Özlüce Dam is a rock-fill embankment dam on the Peri River, located south of Yayladere in Bingöl Province, Turkey. Constructed between 1992 and 2000, the development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works....

 
144m Rockfill Peri River
Morrow Point Dam
Morrow Point Dam
Morrow Point Dam is a concrete double-arch dam on the Gunnison River located in Colorado, the first dam of its type built by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Located in the upper Black Canyon of the Gunnison, it creates Morrow Point Reservoir, and is within the National Park Service-operated...

 
143 m Concrete, double-curve arch Gunnison River
Gunnison River
The Gunnison River is a tributary of the Colorado River, long, in the Southwest state of Colorado. It is the fifth largest tributary of the Colorado River, with a mean flow of 4320 ft³/s .-Description:...

Tarbela Dam
Tarbela Dam
Tarbela Dam on the Indus River in Pakistan is the second largest dam in the world by structural volume. It is located in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about northwest of Islamabad.The dam is high above the riverbed. The dam forms the Tarbela Reservoir, with a surface area of approximately...

 
143 m Embankment Indus River
Indus River
The Indus River is a major river which flows through Pakistan. It also has courses through China and India.Originating in the Tibetan plateau of western China in the vicinity of Lake Mansarovar in Tibet Autonomous Region, the river runs a course through the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir and...

Oddatjørn Dam  142 m Embankment Ulladalsåna
Warragamba Dam
Warragamba Dam
Warragamba Dam is the primary water source for the Australian city of Sydney. It is approximately to the west of Sydney on the Warragamba River, a tributary of the Hawkesbury River, and impounds Lake Burragorang.- Overview :...

 
142 m Concrete Warragamba River
Warragamba River
The Warragamba River is a tributary of the Nepean River, and hence of the Hawkesbury River, in New South Wales, Australia. It is best known for being the location of the Warragamba Dam and Lake Burragorang, which form a major part of the water supply to the Sydney region.Prior to the creation of...

Valle di Lei Dam  141m Concrete arch Graubunden
Graubünden
Graubünden or Grisons is the largest and easternmost canton of Switzerland. The canton shares borders with the cantons of Ticino, Uri, Glarus and St. Gallen and international borders with Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein...

Aldeadávila Dam
Aldeadávila Dam
Aldeadávila Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Douro River on the border between Spain and Portugal. The Douro River forms the international boundary between Portugal and Spain. The nearest Spanish town is Aldeadávila de la Ribera in the Province of Salamanca, about to the east...

 
140 m Concrete arch-gravity / Douro River
Gordon Dam
Gordon Dam
The Gordon Dam , is a double curvature arch dam on the Gordon River in Tasmania, Australia. The dam has a length of , and a height of , making it the tallest dam in Tasmania and the fifth-tallest in Australia....

 
140 m Concrete arch Gordon River
Gordon River
The Gordon River is one of the major rivers of Tasmania, Australia. It rises in the centre of the island at Lake Richmond and flows westward for about 193km where it empties into Macquarie Harbour on the West Coast of Tasmania. Major tributaries include the Serpentine River and the Franklin...

Xingó Dam
Xingó Dam
The Xingó Dam is a concrete face rock-fill dam on the São Francisco River on the border of Alagoas and Sergipe, near Piranhas, Brazil. The dam was built for navigation, water supply and hydroelectric power generation as it supports a 3,162 MW power station...

 
140 m Concrete face rock-fill São Francisco River
São Francisco River
The São Francisco is a river in Brazil. With a length of , it is the longest river that runs entirely in Brazilian territory, and the fourth longest in South America and overall in Brazil...

Bath County PS Upper Dam
Bath County Pumped Storage Station
The Bath County Pumped Storage Station is a pumped storage hydroelectric power plant with a generation capacity of 2,772 megawatts . The station is located in the northern corner of Bath County, Virginia, on the southeast side of the Eastern Continental Divide, which forms this section of the...

 
140m Earth and rock fill Back Creek
Back Creek (Potomac River)
Back Creek is a tributary of the Potomac River that flows north from Frederick County, Virginia, to Berkeley County in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Back Creek originates along Frederick County's border with Hampshire County, West Virginia, at Farmer's Gap in the Great North Mountain. Its...

Chamera Dam
Chamera Dam
The Chamera Dam impounds the River Ravi and supports the hydroelectricity project in the region. It is located near the town of Dalhousie, in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh in India The reservoir of the dam is the Chamera Lake....

 
140m Concrete Ravi
Ravi River
The Ravi is a trans-boundary river flowing through Northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. It is one of the six rivers of the Indus System in Punjab region ....

Arimine Dam
Arimine Dam
The is located in Toyama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan built upon the Wada River. The two bends in the middle of the dam is the most defining feature. The Arine Lake is an artificial lake that was created by construction of the dam.-History:...

 
140m Concrete gravity Wada River
Jōganji River
The is a river in Toyama Prefecture, Japan, that flows through the city of Toyama and the town of Tateyama. The river had previously been called the Nii River .-Route:...

Mangla Dam
Mangla Dam
The Mangla Dam is located on the Jhelum River in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. It is the sixteenth largest dam in the world. It was built from 1961 to 1967 with funding from the World Bank. The project was designed and supervised by Binnie & Partners of London, and it was built...

 
138 m Embankment Jehlum River
Malpaso Dam
Malpaso Dam
The Malpaso Dam is an embankment dam on the Grijalva River near Tecpatán in Chiapas, Mexico. The dam supports a hydroelectric power station containing 6 x 180 MW Francis turbine-generators for a total installed capacity of 1,080 MW. The dam is tall and in length...

 
137.5 m Embankment Grijalva River
Grijalva River
Grijalva River, formerly known as Tabasco River. is a 480 km long river in southeastern Mexico. It is named after Juan de Grijalva who visited the area in 1518. The river rises in Chiapas highlands and flows from Chiapas to the state of Tabasco through the Sumidero Canyon into the Bay of...

Çine Dam
Çine Dam
Çine Dam is a dam in Turkey. The development was backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works.-References:*, State Hydraulic Works , Retrieved December 16, 2009...

 
136.5m RCC gravity Çine
Çine
Çine is a town and a district of Aydın Province, in the Aegean region of Turkey, from the city of Aydın, on the road to Muğla.- Geography :Formerly known as Kıroba, Çine is an attractive rural district in the southern part of the valley of the Büyük Menderes River, on the southern flank of Madran...

Sardar Sarovar Dam  136.5m Concrete gravity Narmada
Narmada River
The Narmada , also called Rewa is a river in central India and the fifth largest river in the Indian subcontinent. It is the third largest river that completely flows within India after Ganges and Godavari...

Caracoles Dam  136m Concrete San Juan
San Juan, Argentina
San Juan is the capital city of the Argentine province of San Juan in the Cuyo region, located in the Tulúm Valley, west of the San Juan River, at above mean sea level, with a population of around 112,000 as per the ....

Cancano Dam  136m Concrete arch gravity Adda
Adda (river)
The Adda is a river in North Italy, a tributary of the Po. It rises in the Alps near the border with Switzerland and flows through Lake Como. The Adda joins the Po a few kilometres upstream of Cremona. It is 313 kilometres long...

Minamiaiki Dam
Minamiaiki Dam
The Minamiaiki Dam is a rock-fill embankment dam on the Minamiaiki River in Minamiaiki, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Together with the Ueno Dam, it provides water for the Kannagawa Hydropower Plant owned by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The Minamiaiki dam is the higher of the two dams...

 
136m Rock fill embankment Minamiaiki
Cabril Dam  136 m Concrete arch Zêzere
Carters Dam
Carters Dam
Carters Dam is an earthen embankment dam located south of Chatsworth in Murray County and west of Ellijay in the U.S. state of Georgia. The dam is 445 ft tall and is situated above the mouth of the Coosawattee River. The drainage area is 376 square miles .The dam took 15 years to build...

 
136 m Earthen embankment Coosawattee River
Coosawattee River
The Coosawattee River is a river located in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Georgia.The river begins at the confluence of the Ellijay River and Cartecay River in the city of Ellijay in Gilmer County. The river flows west through the foothills of the north Georgia mountains.In Murray...

Sauris
Sauris
Sauris is a comune in the Province of Udine in the Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia, located about 120 km northwest of Trieste and about 60 km northwest of Udine...

 
136m Concrete arch double Lumiei
Mosul Dam
Mosul Dam
Mosul Dam or Chambarakat Dam, formerly known as Saddam Dam , is the largest dam in Iraq. It is located on the Tigris River in the western governorate of Ninawa, upstream of the city of Mosul. The hydroelectric dam holds, at full capacity, about of water and provides electricity to the...

 
135 m Earthen embankment Tigris River
Alicura Dam
Alicurá Dam
The Alicurá Dam is the first of five dams on the Limay River in northwestern Argentine Patagonia , about 100 km from the city of San Carlos de Bariloche and 705 m above mean sea level. It was inaugurated in 1985.The dam is used primarily for the generation of hydroelectricity with an installed...

 
135m Rockfill Limay River
Limay River
The Limay River is an important river in the northwestern Argentine Patagonia . It is born at the eastern end of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and flows in a meandering path for about 380 km, collecting the waters of several tributaries, such as the Traful, the Pichileufú and the Collón Curá. It then meets...


Under construction

Name Height Type Country River
Rogun Dam
Rogun Dam
Rogun Dam is an under construction dam on the Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan. It is one of the planned hydroelectric power plants of Vakhsh Cascade. If finished, it would be the world's tallest dam with a height of height compared to the second tallest dam Nurek Dam at . -History:The Rogun...

 
335 m Embankment, earth and rock-fill Vakhsh
Vakhsh River
The Vakhsh has been intensively developed for human use. Electricity, aluminum, and cotton are the mainstays of Tajikistan’s economy, and the Vakhsh is involved with all three of these sectors. Hydroelectricity provides 91% of the country’s electricity as of 2005, and 90% of that total comes from...

Shuangjiangkou Dam
Shuangjiangkou Dam
The Shuangjiangkou Dam, also referred to as Shuang Jiang Kou, is an under construction embankment dam on the Dadu River in Sichuan Province, China. When completed, the tall dam will be the tallest in the world. Preliminary construction began in 2008 and is expected to be complete in 2012. By April...

 
312 m Embankment, rock-fill Dadu
Jinping I Dam  305 m Concrete arch
Arch dam
An arch dam is a type of dam that is curved and commonly built with concrete. The arch dam is a structure that is designed to curve upstream so that the force of the water against it, known as hydrostatic pressure, presses against the arch, compressing and strengthening the structure as it pushes...

 
Yalong Jiang
Lianghekou Dam
Lianghekou Dam
The Lianghekou Dam is an under construction concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Yalong River in Yajiang County, Sichuan Province, China. The dam is located at the confluence of the Yalong, Xianshui and Qingda Rivers. The dam will be tall and support a 3,000 MW power station...

 
295 m Embankment Yalong
Yalong River
The Nyag Qu or Yalong River, also called Ya-lung River is an 822 mile long river in the Sichuan province of southern China. It flows into the Yangtze River along the border with Yunnan. It is a tributary of the Yangtze River...

, Qingda and Xianshui River
Xianshui River
Xianshui River is a river in Sichuan, China, and a tributary of the Yangtze. It has two sources, the rivers of Da-chu and Nyi-chu . From the confluence of the two rivers in Luhuo, the name changes to Xianshui River. It flows into the Yalong River at Yajiang. A hydroelectric plant in Luhuo was...

 confluence
Xiluodu Dam
Xiluodu Dam
The Xiluodu Dam is a hydroelectric dam project on the Jinsha River, i.e. the upper course of the Yangtze River in China. In early 2005, the Chinese government halted the construction due to lack of environmental impact studies. Later, construction was restarted. If completed, the Xiluodu Dam will...

 
273 m Concrete arch Jinsha Jiang
Nuozhadu Dam
Nuozhadu Dam
Nuozhadu Dam is an under construction embankment dam on the Lancang River in Yunnan Province, southwest China. The dam will be tall, and will create a reservoir with a normal capacity of at a level of asl. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production along with flood control and...

 
261 m Embankment Lancang River
Kambaratinsk Dam
Kambaratinsk Dam
The Kambaratinsk Dam is the sixth planned dam on the Naryn River in central Kyrgyzstan. It will be one of the largest dams in the world at the time of its completion, standing approximately high and containing about of rock and earth...

 
275 m Embankment Naryn
Naryn
Naryn is the provincial administrative center of the Naryn Province in central Kyrgyzstan, with a population of 34,822 . It is situated on both banks of the Naryn River, , which cuts a picturesque gorge through the town...

Deriner Dam
Deriner Dam
Deriner Dam is a concrete double-curved arch dam under construction on the Çoruh River east of Artvin in Artvin Province, Turkey. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and additionally flood control. Construction on the dam began in 1998 and is estimated to be complete in...

 
249 m Concrete arch Çoruh River
Çoruh River
The Çoruh River or Ch'orokhi River rises in the Mescit Mountains in north-eastern Turkey, flows through the cities of Bayburt, Ispir, Yusufeli, and Artvin, along the Kelkit-Çoruh Fault, before flowing into Georgia, where it reaches the Black Sea just south of Batumi and a few kilometers north of...

Changheba Dam
Changheba Dam
The Changheba Dam is an under construction concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Dadu River near Kangding in Sichuan Province, China. Initial construction on the dam began in 2006, it was officially approved in December 2010 and its power station is expected to be operational by 2016...

 
240 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Dadu River
Gilgel Gibe III Dam  240 m Roller compacted concrete gravity Omo River
Omo River
The Omo River is an important river of southern Ethiopia. Its course is entirely contained within the boundaries of Ethiopia, and empties into Lake Turkana on the border with Kenya...

Goupitan dam
Goupitan Dam
The Goupitan Dam is an under construction concrete arch dam on the Wujiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Guizhou Province, southwest of China. The dam's hydroelectric facility will operate on five turbines, each with a hydroelectric generating capacity of , for a total of ....

 
232.5 m Concrete double-arch Wu Jiang River
Wu River (Yangtze River)
Wu Jiang , known also as Wu River, is the largest southern tributary of the Yangtze River. Nearly its entire length of runs within the mountainous and ethnically diverse region of Guizhou.-Course:...

TaSang Dam
TaSang Dam
The TaSang Dam is a planned multi-purpose dam on the Salween River in the Shan State, Burma. The TaSang dam’s location will be northeast of Rangoon and west of Mongtong. The TaSang Dam will be the first dam on the Salween River and will be the largest hydroelectric dam in Burma and the...

 
228 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Salween River
Salween River
The Salween is a river, about long, that flows from the Tibetan Plateau into the Andaman Sea in Southeast Asia. It drains a narrow and mountainous watershed of that extends into the countries China, Burma and Thailand. Steep canyon walls line the swift, powerful and undammed Salween, one of the...

Houziyan Dam
Houziyan Dam
The Houziyan Dam is an under construction embankment dam on the Dadu River in Danba County, Sichuan province, China. When completed, the dam will be tall and withhold a reservoir with a normal capacity of...

 
223.5m concrete-face rock-fill Dadu River
Jiangpinghe Dam
Jiangpinghe Dam
The Jiangpinghe Dam is an under construction concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Loushui River near Zouma in Hefeng County in Hubei Province, China. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation, flood control and irrigation. The dam will house a hydroelectric power station...

 
221m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Loushui River
Loushui River
The Loushui River is the main tributary of the Lishui River in China with much of its basin situated in Hubei Province. It is interrupted by the Jiangpinghe Dam....

La Yesca Dam
La Yesca Dam
La Yesca Dam is an under construction embankment dam on the Santiago River northwest of Guadalajara on the border of Mexico's Nayarit and Jalisco states. Construction on the dam began in 2007 after Empresas ICA was awarded the main construction contract. Completion is expected towards the end of...

 
220m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Rio Grande de Santiago
Río Grande de Santiago
The Río Grande de Santiago is one of the longest rivers in Mexico, measuring up long. The river begins at Lake Chapala and continues roughly north-west through the Sierra Madre Occidental, receiving the Verde, Juchipila, Bolaños, and other tributaries...

Antamina Tailings Dam
Antamina Tailings Dam
The Antamina Tailings Dam, also known as the Antamina Tailings Impoundment Facility, is a tailings dam located in the Huincush Ravine east of Huaraz in the Ancash Region of Peru. The purpose of the dam is to store tailings processed at the nearby Antamina mine. In 2003, Golder Associates, Burnaby,...

 
215m Concrete face,rock fill Ayash River
Dagangshan Dam
Dagangshan Dam
The Dagangshan Dam is an under construction arch dam on the Dadu River near the village of Dagangshan in Sichuan Province, China. The dam will house a hydroelectric power station with 4 x 650 MW generators for a total installed capacity of 2,600 MW...

 
210m Arch Dadu River
Bakun Dam  204 m Earthen embankment Rajang River
Rajang River
The Rajang River is a river in Sarawak, Malaysia. The river is located in northwest of Borneo and it originates in the Iran Mountains. The river flows approximately 563 km to the South China Sea, making it the longest river in Malaysia....

Khudoni Dam  200 m Concrete double-arch gravity Enguri River
Jatigede Dam  200 m Embankment Cimanuk River
Boyabat Dam
Boyabat
Boyabat is a town and district of Sinop Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey. The mayor is Mehmet Ermiş .Boyabat has a population of 50,000 in the town itself. The town is in the Gökırmak valley located 100 km south of Sinop over the mountain range along the Black Sea coast.The town is...

 
195 m Concrete arch Kizil Irmak
Sogamoso Dam  190m Concrete face,gravel fill Sogamoso
Sogamoso
Sogamoso is a city in the Boyacá department of Colombia.The origin of Sogamoso goes back in the cosmogony, Chibcha, to the creation of the Sun. In the valley of Iraca the Sun was born...

Seimare Dam  180m Arch, variable-radius Seimare
Seimare River
The Seimare is a river in southwestern Iran formed by the confluence of the Ghareh Soo and Gamasyab Rivers. The Seimare Dam is located on its lower course before its confluence with the Karkheh River....

Upper Gotvand Dam
Upper Gotvand Dam
Upper Gotvand Dam, or simply the Gotvand Dam, is an under construction embankment dam on the Karun River in Khuzestan Province, Iran. It will have an installed generating capability of 2,000 MW which is split into two 1,000 MW phases. Impounding of the dam's reservoir began on 30 July...

 
180m Embankment, rock-fill Karun
Sykia Dam  170 m Embankment, earth-fill Achelous River
Guandi Dam
Guandi Dam
The Guandi Dam is an under construction gravity dam on the Yalong River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province Southwest of China. It supplies water to four hydroelectric generators, each with generating capacity of 600 MW. The total generating capacity of the project is 2,400 MW....

 
168 m Gravity Yalong River
Yalong River
The Nyag Qu or Yalong River, also called Ya-lung River is an 822 mile long river in the Sichuan province of southern China. It flows into the Yangtze River along the border with Yunnan. It is a tributary of the Yangtze River...

Kığı Dam
Kığı Dam
Kığı Dam is an under construction rock-fill embankment dam on the Peri River in Bingöl Province, Turkey. Construction began in 1998 and is backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works. When complete, it will support a 180 MW power station....

 
168 m Earthen embankment, rock-fill Peri River
Koldam Dam
Koldam Dam
The Koldam Dam, sometimes spelled Kol Dam, is an under construction embankment dam on the Sutlej River in Bilaspur district, Himachal Pradesh, India. The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it will support an 800 MW power station. The foundation stone for the dam was laid...

 
167 m Earthen embankment, rock-fill Sutlej
Mazar Dam  165 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Mazar River
Paute River
The Paute River is a river of Ecuador. It is a tributary of the Santiago River, which is a tributary of the Amazon River. The Paute Dam is located on the river.-References:* Rand McNally, The New International Atlas, 1993.* *...

Xiangjiaba Dam
Xiangjiaba Dam
The Xiangjiaba Dam is a large hydroelectric dam on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province, southwest China. The facility runs on eight turbines, each with a capacity of , totalling the generating capacity to . When completed, it will be the...

 
161 m Concrete gravity Jinsha Jiang River
Guanyinyan Dam
Guanyinyan Dam
The Guanyinyan Dam is an under construction gravity dam on the Jinsha River southwest of Panzhihua on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in China. The purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and flood control. Construction on the dam started in 2008 and the river was diverted...

 
159 m Gravity Jinsha River
Jinsha River
Jinsha River is the westernmost of the major headwater streams of the Yangtze River, southwestern China.Its headwaters rise in the Wulan and Kekexili ranges in western Qinghai province, to the south of the Kunlun Mountains, and on the northern slope of the Tanggula Mountains on the border of the...

Messochora Dam  150 m Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill Achelous River
Maoergai Dam  147m Embankment, rock-fill Heishui River
Ludila Dam
Ludila Dam
The Ludila Dam is an under construction gravity dam on the Jinsha River near Lijiang in Yunnan province, China. Construction on the dam began in 2007 and was halted in June 2009 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection after it was being constructed without approval. An estimated 16,900 people...

 
140 m Concrete Gravity Jinsha River
Jinsha River
Jinsha River is the westernmost of the major headwater streams of the Yangtze River, southwestern China.Its headwaters rise in the Wulan and Kekexili ranges in western Qinghai province, to the south of the Kunlun Mountains, and on the northern slope of the Tanggula Mountains on the border of the...

Bureya Dam
Bureya Dam
The Bureya Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Bureya River in the Russian Far East.-History:Bureya hydroelectric power station was built by Bureyagesstroy. Construction started in 1976, but was halted until 1999. In 1999, RAO UES restarted the project. The dam was completed and the first unit...

 
139m Concrete gravity Bureya
Bureya River
The Bureya River is a 623 km long south-flowing tributary of the Amur River. Its name comes from the Evenk word birija, meaning river...

Ahai Dam
Ahai Dam
The Ahai Dam is an under construction gravity dam on the Jinsha River in Yulong County, Lijiang Prefecture and in the river reach at about 5 km in the lower reaches of Cuiyu river mouth.-Situation:...

 
138 m Gravity Jinsha River
Jinsha River
Jinsha River is the westernmost of the major headwater streams of the Yangtze River, southwestern China.Its headwaters rise in the Wulan and Kekexili ranges in western Qinghai province, to the south of the Kunlun Mountains, and on the northern slope of the Tanggula Mountains on the border of the...

Ilisu Dam
Ilisu Dam
The Ilisu Dam is an embankment dam under construction on the Tigris River near the village of Ilisu and along the border of Mardin and Sirnak Provinces in Turkey. It is one of the 22 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project and its purpose is hydroelectric power production, flood control and...

 
135 m Earthen embankment, clay core Tigris River