H. Neely Henry Dam (Neely Henry Lake)

Field Descriptions

Dam Name: H. Neely Henry
Other Name: HENRY
NID ID: AL01416
Longitude: -86.05334
Latitude: 33.78333
Map Section: S30 T14S R6E
State: AL
Nearest City: OHATCHEE
Distance: 3.00 miles
Owner Type: Public Utility
Private Dam? No
Core: Homogeneous Dam (Position)
Earth (Type)
Known (Certainty)
Foundation: SK
Purposes: Hydroelectric
Year Completed: 1966
Dam Length: 4705 feet
Dam Height: 104 feet
Structural Height: 104 feet
Hydraulic Height: 53 feet
Maximum Discharge: 340000 cu ft/sec
Maximum Storage: 121860 acre-feet
Normal Storage: 121860 acre-feet
Surface Area: 11235 acres
Drainage Area: 6600 square miles
Hazard Potential: High
Emergency Action Plan? Yes
Inspection Date: 2012-07-18
Inspection Frequency: 1
State Regulated Dam? No
Spillway Type: Controlled
Spillway Width: 300 feet
Outlet Gates: T6;
Volume of Dam: 1500000 cubic yards
Federal Funding Agency: HENRY
Federal Regulatory Agency:
Federal Inspection Agency:
Source Agency:

Dam Safety For Boats

A large amount of water can be released from a dam without any warning at any time and by any means. For example, when the demand for electricity is high, the turbines at a dam may be turned on automatically, resulting in a significant increase in the downstream flow of water in only a matter of seconds.

If there's a need to release water through the sluiceways (outlets at the base of the dam), this operation can also create a great swell of discharged water downstream.

During flood operations, any or all spillway gates across the width of a dam can be opened to release upstream flood water that needs to pass to the next downstream reservoir. Upstream or downstream, even the most experienced boater with the strongest motor is no match for this strong flow of water plunging over a spillway of a dam. Even if you're boating far downstream of a spilling dam, recirculating current can pull a powerful boat upstream toward plunging water that could shred any boat.

Some dams equipped with navigation locks create turbulent water as well. When vessels pass through, strong flow is released near the exhaust ports of the wing wall of the lock.

Warning Systems At Dams

To warn reservoir users of potential danger, warning devices are installed at many dams:

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