Presidential Pathways / West Point

West Point Dam and Powerhouse Tours

500 Resource Management Dr
West Point, GA 31833

706-645-2937
  • The West Point Lake Powerhouse and Dam as seen from down river.

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  • The West Point Dam and Powerhouse at sunrise in March 2012.

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Prior to the construction of West Point Dam, the Chattahooche River flowed freely through the Valley area, including West Point, Georgia, and Valley and Lanett, Alabama, in its journey downstream.  River levels varied according to the amount of rainfall, and flooding was not uncommon.  This flooding caused much property damage in the local area.  As the cities downstream continued to grow with new homes and businesses, the need to protect lives and property from flooding increased as well.  In the late 50's and early 60's the communities, along with their political representatives, called upon the Federal Government for assistance.

 As a result, the United States Congress passed the Flood Control Act of 1962.  This authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study, design, and construct West Point Dam.  This act provided that the project be constructed for flood control hydroelectric power generation, recreation, navigation, and fish and wildlife management. Water quality was later added as an authorized purpose. 

The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had the design, land acquisition, and construction responsibility.  Construction began in the mid-1960's and was completed in 1975, taking about ten years.  After completion of the project the operation responsibility was turned over to Mobile District of the Army Corps of Engineers.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking