GRAND RIVERS — Free public tours of the Lake Barkley Dam powerhouse and navigation lock have resumed for the first time since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers resumed public tours on June 23. After the initial tour, Ranger Charlotte Stenger said there was a public desire for them.
"From the very positive feedback we received, ... we know there is public interest in visiting our facilities, and we look forward to upcoming tours," Stenger said.
The Corps has public tours scheduled for July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. Tours begin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The dam is at Grand Rivers at the northern end of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
Barkley resource manager Mike Looney said visitors learn about electricity generation and river transportation.
Visitors are taken by bus to the Barkley Power Plant on the Cumberland River to view hydroelectric power generation, then to the opposite shore to see commercial vessels going through the lock and learn about bulk materials transportation.