Thursday, July 30, 2009


July 30, 2009---Weighed anchor and made the short run to Watts Bar Lock. This lock brought us down 59’. Total dam height is 112' extending 2960' across the Tennessee River. Watts Lake above the dam is 72.4 miles long to Fort Loudoun Dam. Construction of the dam began July 1, 1939 and was completed January 1, 1942. This hydroelectric plant produces 175 megawatts of electricity. The complex is unique because it's the only TVA site shared by a hydroelectric dam, a coal fired plant (inactive) and a nuclear power plant.
Smoke from the nuclear power plant blended in with the gray sky.

It was quite windy today so we drove from inside the cabin. Pictures thru the window really don’t show how choppy waves were. State Highway 60 Bridge made a frame over the trees in the background. Traveled 6 hours down the Tennessee River 42.4 miles and turned to port at mile 487.5 to go up Soddy Creek. We had been here before so we chose to anchor in the same cove directly across from Shady Grove Harbor marina.

Set the dinghy in the water and went to Steve’s Landing Restaurant about a mile farther up the creek. The food is great and the service is excellent. Checked out the turtles sunning on a log nearby. We had been looking forward to this fine stopping point.

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