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Lock & Dam County Park, GA

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Lock and Dam County Park is located on the Coosa River about 7 miles southwest of Rome, GA. A popular fishing spot, the park also contains a 31-site campground. It is also a historic spot, being the site of a lock on the river and displaying a 1930's riverboat.

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The first thing one sees on entering the park is the park office and store, where friendly staff will soon have you registered and on your way to your site.

Date of visit: April 2015

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We had called a few days before our arrival to make a reservation. It really wasn't necessary as there were a number of empty sites. We ended up on site 7.

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Sites 1-6 are the premium sites, located right along the river. Each has a pavilion (except site 4).

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Sites 9 and 10. Site 9, on the left, backs to the river and is also considered a premium site.

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In general the park was very tidy. The lone exception was this trailer on site11.

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Site 15, up beside the bathhouse, is a nice sunny site.

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Sites 16 and 17.

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Sites 20-24.

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Up the hill at the back of the campground are sites 25-31. These sites have sewer hookups as well as water and electric, and appeared occupied by longer-term campers.

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The bathhouse is fairly new and was very clean. It houses private bathrooms with free hot showers and also a laundry room with a washer and two dryers.

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A short distance from the main campground is a primitive camping area, intended mainly for tenters, but also used by smaller RV's.

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Near the primitive campground is this rather interesting bathhouse. On the left are two vault toilets, while in the larger part of the building are cold showers.

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Construction of the lock and dam at what was known as Mayo’s Bar began in 1910 and opened for navigation in 1913. The lock was officially closed in 1941.

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The lock provides a great vantage point for fishing.

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The Myra H. was built in 1932 by river pilot Pierce Harris. When fully loaded it drew only 12 inches of water.

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A boat ramp makes for easy boat access to the Coosa River.

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There are several trails through the park.

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Some follow along the river bank.

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The park brochure boasts of an observation deck on a bluff looking out over the river. However, it is rather decrepit and is closed for obvious safety reasons.

Amenities

 24 sites with W/E(30/50A) - $22-$24

7 sites with W/E(30/50A)/S - $24

2 tent sites with W/E - $18

Dump station, showers, laundry

Coordinates: 34.198919 N, 85.256275 W

Elevation: 584'

 

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