Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The best dam tour we've ever had

Yesterday we had the pleasure of touring the Wolf Creek Dam. We are currently volunteers at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, which sits just below the dam. Our dam guide was so well informed about its operations and history that many of his explanations were going right over my head. But one thing I can testify to ...
It sure is big — over a mile long!

Wolf Creek Dam · Jamestown, Kentucky

Dam facts:

  • On the Cumberland River near Jamestown, Kentucky
  • Construction began in the 1940’s; completed in 1950, with the final power generator installed in 1952
  • Lake Cumberland, which was created by the dam, is the largest manmade reservoir east of the Mississippi River and provides over 40% of the total flood storage in the Cumberland River basin.
  • Benefits include:
    • Flood damage reduction - Provides a maximum flood storage capacity of over 6 million acre-feet
    • Hydropower - Produces 22% of the hydropower generated on the Cumberland River
  • Currently undergoing a seven-year Seepage Rehabilitation Project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

And some surprising Lake Cumberland trivia:
  • The lake's shoreline is longer than the Florida coast.
  • It receives even more visitors each year than Yellowstone Park.


related blogs:
The Perpetual Vacationers: Dam tourists

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