Posted by: wlsc1979 | 2012-07-26

Dam Picnic and Raft-Up, Saturday August 4, 2012

Hello All!

Time to start planning for our next Club event, one which has been a favorite over the years, the Dam Picnic and Raft-up!  Started by our own “Old Salt”, Bill Murdoch, the picnic offers everyone a unique opportunity to explore the area around the dam and learn something about the history of Watauga Lake.  This is a BYOE (Bring your own EVERYTHING) affair!

See pictures from previous years:


Bill has graciously put together a description of the adventure:

 Dam Picnic and Overnight Raft Up

We have done this event a few times before and it was a hit each time.  On Saturday August 4 around noon we will set up a buoy line across the cove just beyond the dam.  After you have had a nice Saturday afternoon sail, come over and tie up.  If you have a dinghy, bring it.

Around 5:30 we will use the dinghies to move everyone over to the nearby shore.  From there we will walk ¼ mile up an abandoned construction railroad and the Appalachian Trail to the top of the Watauga Lake Dam for a picnic supper.  Bring something to eat and drink.  (Remember it is TVA property, and we have been cautioned about alcoholic beverages.)  There are no tables and no shade, but a picnic blanket, a hat, and some sunscreen will fix that problem.

The views from the top of the dam are great.  On one side you can see the river disappear into the power tunnel only to emerge from the two turbines at the power house on the headwaters of Wilbur Lake.  On the other side you have Watauga Lake spread out before you.  The dam top is not easily accessible from the Visitor Center, so going with us will save you from a few miles of hiking on the Appalachian Trail.  We will keep the buoy line up for the night for those who choose to stay.  Pack something for breakfast and spend the night with us.  We will see you there!


Please let me know if you plan to attend so that we can arrange rides for those who don’t have a boat but would like to participate.   Commodore Gayle 

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