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Chouteau Lock #17
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This cache is located next to the Visitors Center at Chouteau Lock #17, east of US 69 and north of Muskogee.
This is #6 in the series of caches along the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Channel. Eventually this series will run all the way to the Oklahoma-Arkansas State Line. These caches will be placed mostly in parks along the waterway. The cache container is a hide a key box. The contents are a Coin, Log Sheet, and a pencil. Please trade the coin for another unique coin and sign the Log Sheet. I'll start the cache off with an 1852 3 Cent Silver Coin. It even has a hole that someone put in it so that they could put it on a string. They didn't want to loose it. Make sure you tour the Visitors Center. They have a lot of good displays and a big window to watch the Barges go through the Lock. Please hide the cache back good. Where you turn off of US 69 on the east side of the highway is the famous Bakers Cat Fish Restaurant. They have really good Cat Fish and home made Onion Rings. Their Cat Fish Dinners are huge, you won't leave there hungry. Good Luck and Happy Hunting.Here's a little History and Waterway Facts:The Navigation system begins at the Mississippi River mile 599 (599 statute miles north of where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico). Keep in mind these are 'river' miles and that the distance would be much less if the river was not so tortuous. The Navigation System is numbered by statute miles. The system is 445 miles long and crosses Arkansas, ending at the head of navigation called The Port of Catoosa.Lets begin our discussion about the McClellan-Kerr system by starting at the Port of Catoosa, mile 445 (Catoosa, Oklahoma) and work our way down to the Mississippi.Will Rogers was once quoted as saying the Arkansas river would be "easier to pave than make navigable." The third longest river in the nation and the second most destructive, the Arkansas has long been tamed to create the world's most inland port in Catoosa, Oklahoma. Senators John McClellan and Robert Kerr from Arkansas and Oklahoma, respectively, were the congressman responsible for binging the system to completion in 1971. The system is a 445 mile stretch of water that drops 420 feet as it crosses northeast Oklahoma and the state of Arkansas. There are 17 locks (some with dams) along the waterway that allow for flood control, hydropower, water supply, recreation, wildlife conservation and navigation. Four dams under federal jurisdiction provide hydropower: Webbers Falls, Kerr, Ozark and Dardanelle. Another four are privately run at: Trimble dam 13, Ormond dam 9, Murray dam 7, and Mills dam 2.The Navigation system cost $1.2 billion in federal money and upon completion, was compared in magnitude to the Panama Canal construction. Mile 445 is in Catoosa Oklahoma and is the head of the system. The river at this point is actually the Verdigris river, formed by the dam at lake Oologah. The Verdigris flows south to the confluence of the Grand and Arkansas river, where the Arkansas becomes the principal river in the system. The Arkansas joins the White river 9 miles before the Mississippi. The White river completes the Navigation System.The average width of the channel is 250 feet to 300 feet. The minimum depth is 9 feet and is maintained by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers by dredging. The minimum vertical clearance is 52.4 feet at normal level. My boat needs 43 feet clearance. The locks each measure 110 feet wide and 600 feet long and are designed for 8 barges and a towboat. The depth of the locks varies from 14 feet for 54 feet. It can take 20 minutes just to be lowered in the lock. The doors only take a few minutes to open and close.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:56 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum