Indiana Michigan Power Company

03/28/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/28/2024 07:18

Preparation Activities Underway at the Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant

Construction activities are underway at the Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant on the St. Joseph River. I&M is performing maintenance work this spring and must complete the work in order to raise the water level to its normal spring and summer operating level.

Crews are preparing the site, conducting sonar testing and organizing equipment. Work is scheduled to begin the week of April 1.

Once the maintenance work has been completed, water levels will be raised in 6-inch increments with the goal to slowly increase the current reservoir level by 2 feet until it reaches normal summer level by Memorial Day. It is possible water levels could remain lower for a longer period of time if complications arise.

During the maintenance process, it may become necessary to reduce water levels with little or no advance notice. I&M is cautioning affected customers who have not already put boats and other watercraft in the river to consider waiting until work has been completed. I&M is aware some parties may have already put their crafts in the water, and we leave it up to their discretion whether or not to take them out. Water levels were lowered 2 feet in December 2023 and will remain at these levels, or potentially lower, until the work is complete.

I&M will keep customers updated on the work in the area of its hydroelectric facility and the timeline for returning the reservoir to spring and summer levels.

Customers who have questions can contact I&M customer service at 260-408-3724 or [email protected]. Project updates will also be available at

Maintenance preparations underway at Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant.