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The Wolf Creek Dam is a dam on the Cumberland River in the Western part of Russell County, Kentucky. It was constructed to generate hydroelectricity and prevent flooding but is better known for creating Lake Cumberland, which has become a popular tourist attraction and is also the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. (...)

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Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp Visits Nashville District

Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp Visits Nashville District
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Lt. Gen. Robert L. “Van” Van Antwerp, the US Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the US Army Corps Engineers (USACE) stands in the entrance of the Wolf Creek Dam Powerhouse. Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Kentucky is a multi-purpose dam on the Cumberland River in the western part of Russell County, Kentucky, United States. The dam serves at once four distinct purposes: it generates hydroelectricity; it regulates and limits flooding; it releases stored water to permit year-round navigation on the lower Cumberland River; and it creates Lake Cumberland for recreation, which has become a popular tourist attraction for hundreds of thousands of recreationers. Because of seepage problems in the dam's foundation, it has become the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers's top dam priority. U.S. Route 127 is built on top of the dam. Construction of the Wolf Creek Dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1938 and the River Harbor Act of 1946 as part of a comprehensive plan to develop the Cumberland River Basin. Construction began in 1941 but because of World War II and other factors, construction was not completed until 1951. The last of the power generators was installed in 1952. While several small towns downstream from the dam were adversely affected by its construction, such as nearby Creelsboro and Burnside, the dam is credited with preventing several hundred million dollars in flood damage. Wolf Creek Dam is a 5,736 ft (1,748 m) long and 258 ft (79 m) high dam with a combined earthen and concrete structure. The concrete section of the Wolf Creek Dam consists of 37 gravity monoliths that comprise 547m of the dam's length, across the old river channel. The spillway section contains ten 15m x 11m tainter gates and six 1.2m x 1.8m low level sluice gates. The power intake section contains the penstocks that feed the six 45 MW turbines. The embankment section extends from the end of the concrete gravity portion 1200m across the valley to the right abutment. It has a maximum height of 65m above the top of rock. The non-zoned embankment is composed of well-compacted, low plasticity clays, from the valley alluvium. (Mark Rankin/USACE)

Dam Big: Workers and Equipment on Wolf Creek Dam

Dam Big: Workers and Equipment on Wolf Creek Dam
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There's heavy activity, even on Saturdays, at Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. The Army Corps of Engineers recently started renovations on the dam, which is now considered to be in the highest risk pool nationally, because of seepage under the foundation of the dam. In this shot, you can barely see workers in yellow safety jackets to the left of the crane. (View the next shot in my photo stream to see a crop of this shot and get a better idea of the scale of this structure). If it were to go, places as far south as Nashville, TN would see flooding in a couple of days, which is probably why they've hastened the repairs this year by draining the lake to below winter pool.

Visitor Center lobby

Visitor Center lobby
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I clean Allen-the-rabbit's cage on most days that I work in the hatchery's Visitor Center. Someone needs to do it, and I don't mind. Don't laugh, but last summer I got into the habit of talking to the wild rabbits at Devils Tower as though they were pets. I think they knew they pretty much owned the place. They would sit quietly and listen to me because they were accustomed to seeing so many people. One even posed for a snapshot.

Life Saving Awards

Life Saving Awards
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(Left to right) Harold Stamper, Randall Setters, Richard Smith and Lt. Col. Anthony P. Mitchell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, pose near Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Oct. 26, 2010 during an award ceremony. The colonel presented these civilians with certificates of appreciation for heroism while rescuing a couple in distress when their boat capsized near the sluice gates Sept. 20, 2010. Mitchell lauded their courage and recognized their willingness to put themselves at risk to save the boaters in distress. (USACE photo by Holly Myers)

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam
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(Left to right) Fabio Santillan, Treviicos Sole-tanche JV project manager; Maj. Gen. Merdith W. B. (Bo) Temple, acting chief of engineers and acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Ricardo Petrocelli, Treviicos Sole-tanche JV president; Kathy Lust, Wolf Creek resident engineer; and Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, Nashville District commander; tour the work ramp at Wolf Creek Dam to inspect the ongoing work on the foundation remediation project at Jamestown, Ky., Aug. 17, 2011. (USACE photo by Kim Warner)

Fighting for the lead

Fighting for the lead
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If you look closely you will see that behind the left wing there is a lone crane. It would be my guess that this is the infamous #733 who to say the least. Gets under the skin of the founder of Operation Migration, Joe Duff. You can read about Joe's story about #733 here about midway down the page. Trust me it's very interesting to read this account. www.operationmigration.org/Field_Journal.html

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam
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Maj. Gen. Merdith W. B. (Bo) Temple (Second from Left), acting chief of engineers and acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, receives information about the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project from Kathy Lust (Left), Wolf Creek resident engineer, and Lisa Nowicki (Right), geologist, during a visit on site at Jamestown, Ky., Aug. 17, 2011. (USACE photo by Kim Warner)

Leaving for Tennessee

Leaving for Tennessee
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Here's the last Ultra-light with the group of stragglers, I can't say that I blame the cranes. With the temp on the ground at 29' and winds around 5-6 knots, the wind chill factor dropped the temp down to 23'. And that's at ground level not up at the level they like to fly at, between 1000 ft to 2200 ft. That of course is dependent on the conditions aloft, tailwind, headwind, wind speed, etc...

Dig in!

Dig in!
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Mae Dean and Wendell wisely ordered the fried catfish dinner on their first visit to Rowena Landing Restaurant. This photo is included on LIVING ... MAEDEANS STYLE: Worth a Second Look

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour
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David Hendrix, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., gives a project briefing to members of the Society of American of Military Engineers from the Nashville Post Oct. 26, 2010 just prior to touring the maintenance platform at the dam. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam

Temple visits Wolf Creek Dam
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Maj. Gen. Merdith W. B. (Bo) Temple (Right), acting chief of engineers and acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters, receives information about the Wolf Creek Dam Foundation Remediation Project from Kathy Lust, Wolf Creek resident engineer, during a visit on site at Jamestown, Ky., Aug. 17, 2011. (USACE photo by Kim Warner)

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour
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David Hendrix (Right), project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., talks about the project to members of the Society of American Military Engineers Nashville Post while on the dam's maintenance platform Oct. 26, 2010. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)

Another Ultralight testing winds

Another Ultralight testing winds
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Before the cranes are released from the pen, all four of the UL's will go airborne. In order to check out conditions aloft, the decision to fly isn't left up to just one pilot. They all have to reach a consensus on wanting to make another leg of the migration route. They can risk serious injury or even death if they choose to fly in turbulent air.

Biologist-in-Training program booklet

Biologist-in-Training program booklet
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Biologist-in-Training was introduced in 2007 while we were volunteering at Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery. Wolf Creek's Environmental Education Specialist Amanda Patrick was a member of this program's development team.

The boss is a real dummy

The boss is a real dummy
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Just teasing ! Dale, Wolf Creek Fish Hatchery's animated dummy, certainly adds an important part to a visit to the fish hatchery. He is quite life-like and moves as he talks and tells much information about the hatchery as two videos behind him illustrate what he is talking about. His eyes move and his eyelids blink.

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour

Wolf Creek Dam SAME Tour
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Members of the Society of American Military Engineers peer down into a hole that has been bored on the maintenance platform, which is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Wolf Creek Foundation Remediation Project at Wolf Creek Dam in Jamestown, Ky., Oct. 26, 2010. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)

Last but not least

Last but not least
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This is the last of 4 of the UL's that fly along with the cranes for their migration south. It isn't unusual at all for the cranes to switch back and forth between the 4 UL's, if a group decides to stray off from the main group. Then one of the other pilots will give chase so they will drop in behind his wings.

Fanchy-schmancy, brand spankin' new Visitor / Environmental Education Center

Fanchy-schmancy, brand spankin' new Visitor / Environmental Education Center
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Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery This photo is included on The Perpetual vacationers travelblog: RVing from a different angle

Lake Cumberland

Lake Cumberland
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Lake Cumberland State Resort This photo is included on LIVING ... MAEDEANS STYLE: Worth a Second Look

Headed South!

Headed South!
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This is the main group of 14 who were ready to get the heck out of Ky. With the colder weather moving in I think they instinctively knew it was time to head south. From here they are headed for a stopover in Cumberland county Tn. Where they are planning to have a fund raiser in nearby Crossville, Tn.

Videos:

Lake Cumberland March 3, 2007
, Cumberland Point, Jamestown, Wolf Creek Dam, 76 Falls, Grider Hill and Conley Bottom this weekend....Lake Cumberland wolf creek dam


Alligator I Marina at Low Water Level
Kentucky. The Wolf Creek Dam is under repair and this marina has been seriously impacted by the low water level....Lake Cumberland Wolf Creek Alligator Marina


A re-edit of the state's "Got Water" video
pics and a little Rock music. While it is true the repairs on Wolf Creek Dam have caused the water level to be lowered, our lake is far


Corps: "Situation Improving"
The situation at the Wolf Creek Dam at Lake Cumberland, Kentucky is improving, says Army Corps of Engineers....Lake Cumberland Army Corps




Nearest places of interest:

Burkesville, KY
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
Grider Hill Marina
Albany, KY
  Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Jamestown, Kentucky
Hopewell Acres
Lindsey Wilson College

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