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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jim Woodruff Dam ~ Chattahoochee, Florida

Right across from our site is the Jim Woodruff Dam. We can see it plain as day and was happy it was there when we got the outer bands of TS Lee the other day. I wasn't afraid of flooding that is for sure.



The Jim Woodruff Dam was built on the Apalachicola River to create electricity for the region and to aid with flood control. The resulting lake was named Lake Seminole and it borders both Georgia and Florida, has 37,500 acres of water and over 18,000 acres of surrounding land. Extending up the Chattahoochee River 30 miles and up the Flint River 35 miles, Lake Seminole has 376 miles of shoreline.



The dam was named in honor of James W. Woodruff, Sr., a Georgia native who recognized the extraordinary beneficial impact that improvements of waterways would have on the Chattahoochee River Valley. An engineer, financier, businessman and philanthropist, James Woodruff already had achieved a level of success few individuals can claim in a lifetime when he envisioned the transforming effect that could be achieved by waterway management in the Chattahoochee Valley.



After spearheading the establishment in 1935 of the Chattahoochee Valley Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff subsequently devoted the remainder of his career in work that promoted a navigable Chattahoochee, Flint and Apalachicola waterway and that provided needed flood control, power and recreation for millions of citizens living and working in this area. His educational background in engineering, his invigorating influence among commercial leaders, and his skill in navigating the Washington D.C. governmental structure culminated in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Project.



The Project resulted in the construction of major dams along the Chattahoochee that provided hydroelectric power generation, flood control, and navigation. Appropriately, the first dam built under this project was the Jim Woodruff Dam which was dedicated on March 22, 1957.



There is some creatures in that there lake ~ I'm not going in...


It is a beautiful dam as far as dams go ~ Hope you enjoyed the little bit of history on it.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

13 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

Hey Donna, Thanks for stopping by. I'm as surprised that I'm still on your blogroll as you are surprised that I posted something. LOL Thanks for the compliments on my Sophie painting and give your Tiffy a big hug from me and a lick from Sophie! LOL okay, you don't have to lick Tiffy but tell her Sophie says hi! BTW, one of those critters in that there lake doesn't look real friendly, I think you made a wise choice by NOT going in!

Sue and Doug said...

'Dam fine' post!..thanks for sharing all the information!!

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Looks like a great place to visit, you know what the say, "better by a dam site" Were awaiting our company. from Canada's arrival. ( Kevin & Ruth) Hope you are having a great tome. be safe out there. Sam & Donna...

Janie and John said...

Those creatures look a little bit like snappers, I'd stay out of the water too but then I usually stay out of the water anyway since it would mean putting on a bathing suit and that just ain't gonna happen. (lol)

Rick and Elaine NB said...
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Rick and Elaine NB said...

sorry deleted myself lol...great read fantastic pictures...very interesting thanks for sharing...
Elaine :)

Happytrails said...

Really neat area and you got some very nice pictures!! You all enjoy your time there.
I don't think I would go in the water either....those creatures look a little dangerous!! Take care!!

Jeff & Barbie said...

Always love the "historical perspective" you give us in your blogs. Be safe & have fun.

The Good Luck Duck said...

When I was a kid, "Chattahoochee" was shorthand for an asylum. We interchanged it with "Macclenny" for variety.

Clark Rambling said...

We stayed at Eastbank COE last fall on our way to Tucson, AZ. We really liked the campground and the great views of the lake and want to return again very soon.

When I noticed you were going inland to Eastbank to avoid tropical storm Lee, I was wondering how you would make out in that area. Sounds like you didn't have any problems which is great.

We had dinner one evening at Butthead's BBQ and Grill while we were there and enjoyed the meal very much. Very friendly owners and staff there. If you like BBQ, check them out.

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee it gets hottie than a hoochie coochi! :) I couldn't help myself!
Cute little parade of turtles!
Now, Donna, I've decided you and your hubby must be the richest ones as you travel all over and gas prices are so high! What a life! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shirley said...

We stayed in that campground last March. The workers were so friendly. I am sure we will go there again. We actually did the 3 different COE areas heading north in GA.

Clockwise from left, Helen, Paul, Jodie, Coco, and Sandy said...

You could write a book "Camping in Florida". Your descriptions and attention to detail are much better than you find in most camping manuals and your writing style is awesome. Let me know when I can order a copy.

Paul

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