Saturday, August 8, 2009

Reservoir Dogs

About 100 years ago, they built a concrete plug between Sugarloaf and Chilhowee mountains in the Ocoee river gorge. No better place for a dam, because the mountains did most of the work. They were TVA, and the reservoir is now about halfway full of sludge, sand, mud, and detritus from the Ducktown moonscape erosion nightmare. But by god, it makes electricity. Rafting the whole Ocoee out of the Great Smoky Mountain thrust into the flats of Tennessee's Valley and Ridge would be spectacular to do, if you still could. It's a pretty good lake anyhow, and if your boat craps out temporarily just jump in.

Parksville lake, Ocoee river, Tennessee

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