Parts of Tennessee River closed to recreational boats

By Heartland News

TENN (KFVS) - The U.S. Coast Guard says more than 200 miles of the Tennessee River will be closed to recreational boats until further notice.

The Coast Guard said the river is at record-high levels and there is excessive debris floating on it.

The Tennessee River is closed to recreational vessels from mile marker 206-0, which includes Kentucky Lake and Cumberland River from mile marker 313.6-0, which includes Lake Barkely.

Record discharge rates from dams have created hazardous river conditions for recreational boats.

Those dangers include swift river currents, heavy debris flows, spilled hazardous materials, and submerged objects like break walls, boat docks and piers.  Navigation buoys have also become unreliable in the area because of the extreme flows, according to the Coast Guard.

The hazardous conditions are expected to last through May 10.

The Coast Guard says commercial vessels are still allowed on the river.

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