Ocoee River Bridge
Debra and Dave Vanderlaan
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This is the long suspension bridge over the Ocoee River Gorge at the Whitewater Center near Ducktown, Tennessee.
To the Cherokee, who named the scenic Ocoee River Gorge, this was the “apricot vine place.” To the whitewater enthusiasts who flock here
from all over the world, there’s only one word for the spot—fun.
TVA manages its dams to achieve a variety of purposes,
including recreation, and the three Ocoee dams are no exception.
The three Ocoee dams together generate more than 67,000 kilowatts
of electricity, using an ingeniously engineered system
to boost the river’s power.
The dams also make the Ocoee one of the premier sport rivers
in the Southeast.
Site of the 1996 Summer Olympics whitewater competitions,
the Ocoee boasts the mile-long Olympic whitewater course
and a four-and-a-half-mile rafting area.
Both the whitewater course and the rafting area
are fed by regular releases of water from TVA’s dams.
December 31st, 2012
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