Allatoona Dam
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GA Cacher
N 34° 09.914 W 084° 43.782
16S E 709270 N 3782806
Quick Description: Allatoona Dam on the Etowah River backs up the river to make Allatoona Lake.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:29:03 AM
Waymark Code: WM254B
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
Views: 151

Long Description:
Caution this waymark cannot be visited at night!

Allatoona Dam impounds run-off water from 1,110 square miles into the Lake. For an unequaled view of the dam, we recommend a visit to the Project Management Office and Visitor's Center which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM except holidays. The Visitor's Center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians to the gold mining and iron making days, from the Civil War up to the present. Also, to learn how the lake is harnessed for power, be sure to see the animated cutaway drawing of the dam in the Visitor's Center at the Project Management Office.

Park at the center and walk up 200 yards to the overlook.

* Allatoona was authorized by the Flood control Acts of 1941 and 1946.

The general contractor for construction of Allatoona Dam was National Constructor Inc.

The total cost of the Allatoona project for construction, land, clearing, and relocation was $31,500,000 in 1950.

Allatoona serves seven authorized purposes:

1. Flood Control

2. Hydropower generation

3. Water supply

4. Recreation

5. Fish and wildlife management

6. Water quality

7. Navigation


The power plant began operation January 31, 1950.

Since 1957 the summer pool elevation has been 840.

Since 1957 the winter draw down has been 823.

Two municipalities that withdraw water from the lake.

1. The City of Cartersville uses 12 million gallons per day

2. Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority uses 43 million gallons per day.


In 1998 Allatoona clocked 86,813,126 hours, which were more visitor hours than any of the other 450 Corps of Engineer projects in the United States and exceeded that in 2006 with more than 92 million visitor hours.

Hydroelectric power generation at Allatoona returns more than $3.5 million to the Federal Treasury annually.

The Corps collected more than $1 million in Camping and Day Use fees in 2006.

Visitors to Allatoona spent more than $12 million for consumable goods in 1999.

The presence of Allatoona Dam has prevented nearly $80 million in flood damages since 1950.

The record high water on Allatoona of 861.19 occurred on April 9, 1964.

From 1950 through 2006, 281 drownings have occurred in Allatoona.

Allatoona Pass was the site of an intensive 8-hour battle during the Civil War in 1864. More than 1500 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed, wounded or missing.

The Corps of Engineers has 662 campsites on Allatoona.
Waterway where the dam is located: Etowah River

Main use of the Water Dam: Flood Control

Material used in the structure: masonry

Date built: 01/01/1950

Fishing Allowed: yes

Motor Sports Allowed: yes

Height of Dam: Not listed

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