Chickamauga Dam | Voyage of Adventure: Retracing Donelson’s Journey | NPT

Usually on my journeys I’m heading down stream. So, the gates open and the top of the gate
may be 10 or 15 feet above the water, not that high, so it just looks like you are going
into this big corral. Then you hook up to this floating mooring
buoy. As the water gets let out you gently lower
and lower and the cavern of the lock gets bigger and bigger. And behind you the doors just grow massive
and there is water kind of rushing through, there is little leaks and things going on
and you are just in awe of the structure and pretty soon it bares itself to you. It can be as high as 80 hundred feet and you are
in this giant cavern.

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