Posted by: Memo | May 25, 2008

The Rooster Tail at Lucky Peak Dam

We went to see the Lucky Peak Dam‘s overflow water display: the Rooster Tail. Because water released from the dam comes down a “23-foot- diameter tunnel with six 5-foot, 3-inch by 10-foot slide gates” at such tremendous pressure, the water that shoots out of the bottom of the dam can go as high as 150 feet, looking much like a rooster’s tail.

There were a lot of people watching the display, which is not surprising since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the operating agency) only lets the rooster tail happen only a few days out of the year and a few hours at a time at that–and only when there’s more than enough water in the dam. The last time we saw the rooster tail was in 2006.

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