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Powerhouse tours set at Barkley Dam

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is offering the public free guided tours of Lake Barkley's powerhouse and lock. The two-hour tours are scheduled June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16, with tour start times of 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registered tour participants will be required to check in at the Lake Barkley Natural Resource Management Office Visitor Center and receive a brief introduction prior to boarding a shuttle to the powerhouse and lock structures.

Lake Barkley Park Ranger Curtis Hendricks said the public tours provide people the opportunity to see the facilities and learn more about the story of Barkley lock and dam.

"We will guide the tour group inside the power plant so they can see the generators and learn about how hydropower provides green energy to the region," said Hendricks. "The chance to visit the navigation lock also allows visitors to see how vessels pass through the dam and gain a deeper understanding of how the commercial barge industry utilizes the nation's system of inland waterways."

Tour size is limited and is on a first-come basis.  All guests including minors are required to submit a request form at least five days prior to the tour and receive an email confirmation.

To submit an online tour request form and to learn more about the tour's rules and details, visit the Lake Barkley website at http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locations/Lakes/LakeBarkley/OpenHouseTours.aspx 

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