Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tennessee Riverboat on Fort Loudoun Reservoir.

This has been a slow week for us. We decided to take a break from all the shows and just relax a little. We did have one adventure this week. We went to Knoxville to the Barnes and Noble store so Linda could download a few more books. Then we just toured around town and decided to do a Steamboat tour. We went to their river walk and had lunch. Then we made arranges for the riverboat ride. We had a lot of time to kill before the boat ride that boaded at 6:30 and left at 7 for a 2 hour cruise. The first picture of the steamboat was taken as we cross a bridge above it. The next photo is taken from their brochure, as their was no way for us to get the boat while out on the lake.
 Our lunch along the water. The dinning room set up for the cruise. The empty top deck before we left the dock and the top deck after dinner.
 Some of the many beautiful house along the Fort Loudoun Reservoir.
 The Knoxville skyline, the "Vols" stadium. The Coast Guard boat, this is one of 9 reservoirs of the TVA. This Coast Guard boat had a barge hooked up to it with maker buoys to mark the channels.

Information about Fort Loudou Reservoir from the TVA website. If I can remember correctly this was another great project the FDR started.

photo of fort loudoun

Fort Loudoun Reservoir, located on the Tennessee River at Knoxville, is the uppermost in the chain of nine TVA reservoirs that form a continuous navigable channel from there to Paducah, Kentucky, 652 miles away.
Fort Loudoun Reservoir takes its name from the 18th-century British fort built on a nearby site during the French and Indian War. The fort was named for John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun, commander of British forces in North America at the time.
Fort Loudoun is a popular recreation destination, known for bass fishing, boating, and birdwatching. The tailwater area immediately below the dam is an excellent site for viewing a variety of waterbirds, including herons, cormorants, gulls, osprey, and bald eagles.
The reservoir is connected by a short canal to Tellico Reservoir on the nearby Little Tennessee River. Water is diverted through the canal to Fort Loudoun for power production. The canal also offers commercial barges access to Tellico without the need for a lock. Barges passing through the Fort Loudoun lock carry about half a million tons of cargo a year

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