NR 19-027: Public invited for Guntersville Lock tour on Tennessee River

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published April 18, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and Tennessee Valley Authority invite the public for a free tour of Guntersville Lock at Tennessee River mile 349 in Grant, Ala., Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Four groups of 25 will be able to tour the facility at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. Central Time. Pre-registration is required for all tour guests (including minors).  The deadline to register is noon July 17, 2019. Personal information collected during sign-up is used for security background checks.

Sign up for a tour at

NOTE: You must provide full name, address, phone number, driver's license, state of issue, for every person 18 and over signed up for the tour.  If it is not provided that person will not be allowed to participate in the tour upon arrival. When signing up, each individual must have a different e-mail address or the website will not accept additional signups for additional family members. Please put “None” in Driver’s License field for children who do not possess them.

Tour Details and Rules

  • All facilities are ADA accessible.
  • Only visitors with approval and confirmation will be permitted on the tour.  No substitutions or additions are allowed.
  • All participants over 16 years of age must provide photo identification upon arrival for the tour.
  • Visitors may not carry packages, backpacks, or other containers during the tour.
  • No high-heel, open heel shoes, including clogs and crocs or bare feet, will be allowed on a tour. Tennis shoes are recommended.
  • All children 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult during the tour.
  • Any increase in threat conditions can result in approved tours being canceled with little notice.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
  • An e-mail will be sent to anyone signed up for a tour if for any reason a tour is canceled.


The lock is located at 3780 Guntersville Dam Road, Grant, AL, 35747. It is also located at mile 349 of the Tennessee River in Marshall County.


Guntersville Lock is nine miles downstream of Guntersville, Ala. It is also 75.3 miles downstream from Nickajack Lock and 74.1 miles above Wheeler Lock. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District operates and maintains the 110-by 600-foot main lock and 60-by 360-foot auxiliary lock at the Tennessee Valley Authority project. TVA began constructing the auxiliary lock in December 1935 and put it into operation in 1937.  TVA began work on the main lock in March 1963 and put it into operation in 1965.

The dam is 94 feet high and stretches 3,979 feet across the Tennessee River. Guntersville Reservoir has almost 890 miles of shoreline and 67,900 acres of water surface. The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 162,100 acre-feet.

For more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, visit the district’s website at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter at For more information about TVA and its 85-year mission of service to the Tennessee Valley, visit

Bill Peoples
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District
Travis Brickey
Tennessee Valley Authority

Release no. 19-017