Swift Current Dike

The Swift Current Dike is an earth and rock structure with a timber crib core. It is 13 feet high, 4,800 feet long at the crest, and contains 98,000 cubic yards of material. Swift Current Dike is a nonoverflow earth dike requiring neither spillway nor headworks in diverting the flow of Swiftcurrent Creek, including the controlled releases from Lake Sherburne Dam, into St. Mary River above St. Mary Diversion Dam. Diversion capacity is the maximum release from Lake Sherburne Dam, including flow from Siwftcurrent Creek.

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ProjectMilk River
Dam TypeEarth and rock, timber-crib core, nonoverflow
Reservoir None
WatercourseSt. Mary River
Location On Swiftcurrent Creek, 3 miles southwest of Babb, Mont.
Original Construction1915
Modified Construction
National ID NumberMT82932
Hydrologic Unit Code

Structural Height13.00 ft
Hydraulic Height (Normal Operating Depth at Dam)13.00 ft
Top Parapet (Elevation)
Spillway Crest Elevation
Crest Elevation4,485.00 - 4548.00 ft
Crest Length4800.00 ft
Crest Width
Base Width
Volume of Dam Construction Materials98,000 cu yds
Streambed at Dam Axis
Top of Exclusive Flood Control Pool (Elevation)
Top of Joint Use Pool (Elevation)
Top of Active Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Inactive Conservation Pool (Elevation)
Top of Dead Storage Pool (Elevation)

Hydraulics & Hydrology
Total Water Storage at Elevation
Maximum Water Surface Elevation
Normal Water Surface Elevation
Spillway Type
Auxiliary Spillway
Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Auxiliary Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Uncontrolled Spillway Capacity at Elevation
Outlet Works Capacity at Elevation
Diversion Capacity at Elevation
Drainage Area
Hydrometeorological Report (HMR)
Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) Report

Contact Information
TitleArea Manager
OrganizationMontana Area Office
AddressP.O. Box 30137
CityBillings, MT 59107-0137
Phone (Fax)406 247-7338
Phone (Office)406 247-7300
OrganizationParadise Valley Irrigation District
AddressPO Box 1417
CityChinook, MT 59523
Phone (Office)406 265-8269

Last updated: Apr 02, 2013