on September 15, 2002
At the dam, make sure you go to the Visitor Center first. This is where you buy tickets for the Power Plant tour. While you're in the Visitor Center, ask for the film about how the dam was built. It's about 20 minutes long and the clerk will start it just for you. Also, make sure you ask for the folder about the walking trail behind the center. The trail highlights different trees and even has a marker for poison ivy. NOTE: This trail is not for children who run every which way, unless you want them to see and feel what poison ivy can do. The actual tour of the dam lasts about 45 minutes and does a good job explaining why its primary purpose is flood control and not power production. The air temperature in the dam is about 55-60 degrees, but we were OK in shorts. Be prepared to take many steps, up and down. Don't expect to see water running over the dam. The floodgates were opened in May 2002 and before that they were opened in 1995.
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