Friday, April 9, 2010

Gut Check


Massive releases of water in a Georgia river are known to fuel adrenalin rushes from all over the country.
On weekends in April and November, officials release water into Tallulah Gorge that draws expert kayakers to the Tallulah River in northeast Georgia.
Normal water flows in the gorge are about 35 feet per second. But on selected weekends, flood gates on a nearby dam are opened, creating flows of about 400 cfs. The releases are designed to return the gorge's water flows to the early 1900s when there was no dam, and the water's wildness drew thousands of visitors to rims towering 400 feet to 1,000 feet above the water.
During releases, visitors crowd observation points to catch a glimpse of kayakers running rapids and waterfalls.
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