The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) office at Lake Allatoona has had its share of troubles recently.
A fire broke out in the powerhouse at Lake Allatoona Dam on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Thankfully, no one was injured and the dam can still release water using the spillways, not through the generators, as usual.
Then, over the weekend of Saturday, May 31, 2014 — Sunday, June 1, 2014, a lightning strike caused more inconvenience to the dang dam.
Phone lines at Allatoona Lake (the official name for Lake Allatoona) Project Management Office were temporarily out of order. They’re fine now.
One problem remains from the recent unfortunate circumstances at Lake Allatoona Dam.
According to a post on the USACE Lake Allatoona Facebook page on June 1st, the navigation lights that illuminate the dam at night are not working correctly. Steps are being taken to correct this problem.
Lake Allatoona Dam is a pretty cool place to visit.
The walk from the Project Management Office up to the dam overlook is an easy walk. (If I can walk it, you could skip and run all the way.)
The views from the top of the dam are spectacular.
Don’t like heights? You can drive down to the Lake Allatoona Dam for a closer look.
You’re invited to visit Lake Allatoona Dam, but the road to the overlook isn’t where you might think it is. Put this address in your GPS and enjoy the ride: 1138 Georgia 20 Spur; Cartersville, GA 30121. There might be a secret back road that I don’t know about, but I had to drive to the intersection of I-75 and GA 20 in order to get on “Georgia Highway 20 Spur” that leads to the Project Management Office and the scenic overlook.
Bring a friend and a picnic lunch and enjoy the views.