The dam was built in 1917 on the Yadkin River between the Uwharrie National Forest and Alcoa private property. Morrow Mountain State Park adjoins the Alcoa property so the wildlife in this area is abundant and thriving. You can see Otters playing in the water and around the rocks where they like to sit and munch on fish. The tailrace section of the dam is heavily occupied with Herons and a few eagles. It is a safe beautiful haven that is kept natural, which has helped in re-populating our Ospreys that were once very limited in their numbers. It is a place that Oliveea and Oscar consider home.