I had read about the opening of the dam gates, and that the rapids were used in one of the new Hobbit films. We arrived about 9:30 and checked out the two viewing locations. The first is about 5 minutes from the parking lot and the second is about a 10 minute walk. We settled on the first one and about eight minutes before 10:00 the first siren went off. This was followed by three more sirens when the gates started to open. The water seems to fill one canyon before it overflows to the next but before long the whole gorge below us was filled with roaring water. The gates remained open for about ten minutes. This was fun and free.
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