In former times rivers and brooks were used to float timber from the forests into the cities. Few brooks have enough water for this purpose, so dams (forming artificial reservoirs) had to be built. The timber was piled up in the river bed. When the waterstorages were drainded the timber was flushed downstream. The german word for such a dam-construction is „Klause“ (same origin as close).
In the area of Klausen-Leopoldsdorf remnants of a widespread system of these drains can be found. 13 minor and 1 major drain worked together, floating timber as far as Baden. The system was in use until 1939.
This cache is part of a series of caches, dealing with the subject (TAKL = TriftAnlageKlausenLeopoldsdorf). Don't forget to note down the information on the front page of the logbook, you will need it for the Bonus (which will be hidden later).
The Riesenbach-Drain has been repaired lately, now it is a part of the regional flood protection system. The storage-basin has not been dug out during the repair works, as some rare species (toads) live there. On the other side of the dam are the ruins of the house where the dam-keeper lived.
Don’t trust the signs: At the moment there is no hiking path to the museum from this place. Re-opening of an old path is planned, but first the Schöpfl-drain and its dam have to be repaired. According to the information at the museum this path will lead through a very interesting part of the forest.
Reception was poor at the cache. It is not necessary to step into the very steep parts of the slope. The cache can be reached without climbing.
The cache is a small lock-lock-box (0,34 l), containing log-sheets, pencil and a few small tradingitems. Large enough for Geocoins and normal-sized Travelbugs.
Please hide it well again.