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Shit_taki_mush

Do you know where it drains to? Cool stuff


mikeyj198

these are common by dams, they drain to the other side of the dam.


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If you jumped in and were pulled into one of these things, guaranteed death?


rva23221

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NORTH-BAY-Woman-Sucked-Into-Lake-Berryessa-2849821.php


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Interesting that it says she's the only one to have this happen. I wonder what she was thinking swimming towards that thing.


Shitting_Human_Being

My guess is that she severely underestimated how strong flowing water is.


Coupon_Ninja

From SF Gate article in 1997: “ Authorities said witnesses reported seeing Schwalek swimming toward the spillway at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The woman dropped out of sight after gripping the edge of the hole for about 20 minutes, witnesses said. There has never been a documented case of anyone else falling through the Glory Hole, said Don Burbey of the Solano Irrigation District.“ Must have been a horrifying 20 minute. Sure she you’ll hear the water washing into the 200 foot drop. Man…


ThisAndBackToLurking

I hate the thought of spending the last twenty minutes of my life feeling really stupid.


Otherlife_Art

Also don't really love the idea of having "died by glory hole" on articles about my death, or on my obit.


appdevil

That's actually something that I might consider.


enty6003

If you don't want to feel stupid for long, you can always just let go.


FuzzySoda916

Also in the dark


KatieLouis

Ugh, that was the worst part. And I’m guessing it was too dangerous to attempt rescue. She probably held on as long as she could knowing that it was pretty much the end for her.


Roberto-Del-Camino

I’ve spent the last 60 years feeling stupid. Why should the last 20 minutes be any different?


MrBurnsgreen

is glory hole a scientific term? Edit; Oh Jeez that's a lot of likes


graffiti81

I don't know about this structure, but glass blowers use a glory hole all the time.


wibblemaster86

I'm surprised they get any work done.


Great_Chairman_Mao

All kinds of blowers really.


moirasrosesgardens

In British Columbia, Canada, our health minister suggested the use of glory holes to prevent the spread of covid. So, yes.


phanfare

Man, 2020 was really the wild-west for a hot sec there


2xCheesePizza

I remember this, it was glorious. Much better than any suggestion from Ford in Ontario tbh.


MangoBanana2012

Lol please don't remind me


shahooster

As a scientist, I’ve used it a couple times for research.


TreginWork

If using a gloryhole makes you a scientist then I am something of a scientist myself


broiledfog

https://www.theonion.com/i-think-ill-drive-the-kids-up-to-the-state-park-to-see-1819584069


bear4bunny

This scared me.


RealAccountThroaway

I mean most people struggle hanging on to a pull up bar for one minute... Imagine holding on to dear life while tons of water dragging you down...for 20 minutes. Even her super human strength trying to defy death wasn't enough though


goodvibesandsunshine

That is an awful death. Knowing for 20 mins straight that you’re going to die and can’t get out of the situation. Good god.


NuttySnowPhD

Why is there not a grate over the top of it?


HighOnBonerPills

It said the water flows into an 8-foot wide pipe. It's weird because it seems like she'd be completely submerged. But obviously she couldn't have held her breath for 20 minutes. I wonder how she managed to keep her head above water?


Yosemitelsd

The water levels change. The hole is to drain extra water out so the lake doesn't get too high. A lot of the time there's no water at all flowing into it


TheDaemonette

She only held on for 20 minutes because she didn't want to be remembered as the first woman who suffered 'death by glory hole'.


adjust_the_sails

It’s an extremely common issue in California. Even a slow moving river can kill you. The stat I’ve heard is that an average of 100 people a year die on the American river. Usually no life vest because “they are strong swimmers”.


jfa_16

I’m a river rescue guy in a city with a couple rivers. People drown in our rivers due to a combination of a few factors: they underestimate the power of moving water, they overestimate their swimming ability, they don’t use flotation devices, the water is colder than they expect, and alcohol. Don’t fuck around with water. Water will win if you’re not up to the challenge.


oflimiteduse

Sometimes even when you are up to the challenge. Agree people often overestimate their swimming ability. I've had a few people tell me they are good swimmers before doing some kind of water activity only to watch them doggy paddle and not be able to hold their breath for more than 5 seconds.


Inevitable-Army-8315

I’m a “good swimmer” in a pool aka I know how to swim but if swimming is required to survive I’m prone to catch a big air bubble and have trouble breathing lol. I have learned though that (for me at least) that I can let myself sink and refocus to get over any panic then work towards a plan to get safe. I’ve been swept away by fast uncontrollable water a few times though and in those situations I try to go limp until I can catch something like a rock and then focus on a plan. These moments weren’t even extremely dangerous though and still easily could die slamming against something so yeah water is not something to be messed with.


WorshipNickOfferman

There’s a lake near San Antonio called Canyon Lake. It’s known for killing a lot of people. Something about it causes weird currents. People go out in the water, and some of them can’t swim but think they’re safe because they are able to stand up. Then one of those weird currents comes along sucks them away, then they end up dead.


Noteful

I live in San Antonio and have never heard of this reason but that's scary as shit.


WorshipNickOfferman

Canyon is weird like that. Several people die out there every year and it’s always the same story. They don’t know how to swim and think they’re safe staying in shallow water. Then some weird undertow sucks them out and they drown. Let me see if I can find a link.


pns4president

Yeah i live in seguin about 40 minutes away. They have like weird sinkholes I heard too. The guadalupe river has the highest body count as far as rivers go in texas..I believe. It's a very unpredictable river. One minute it will be calm and the next bend it's whitewater.


Bigtexasmike

Almost drowned last year in Canyon Lake. Tried to swim to retrieve our inflatable only for it to continue blowing further out and away in the wind. I had no life jacket. Thought I was a gonner for sure and could hear people yelling but they sounded far away. was pulled out in time by a boater before going under for good. Lordy scariest 10 min of my life.


thatsalovelyusername

Well, this is a cheerful thread


TreeChangeMe

It's only 1000kg or the weight of a car for every cubic metre. Nothing too heavy. /s


snazzydetritus

There is a line that is there to forbid swimmers and boaters from getting too close to the realm of the drain.


llLimitlessCloudll

The Realm of the Drain has good book series potential


snazzydetritus

I'm on it. Chapter One by Tuesday. Edit: If I were to actually do this, my first order of business would be to channel the lady who got sucked in via seance.


LotLizards

that is my hometown and my mom was a figherfighter/emt at the time this happened! From what i was told, it was suicide. The bottom of the glory hole has a metal grate to help break up debris that get sucked into it. Think like a garlic mincer...or potato slicer.


CoyoteCarcass

Damn this just keeps getting more savage..


wilsoj26

Oh ewwww


The_Level_15

Yikes, I wonder what was going through her head during the *20 minutes* she was stuck frantically holding on to the edge. Must've felt like an eternity.


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LezBeeHonest

*Having hope you'll be saved*


KeepYourDemonsIn

And possibly thinking you may be rescued.


DiamondPopTart

You can’t see it in the video, but about 50 meters away is a big net stretching across the entire reservoir that goes a few feet above the water all the way down to the bottom. This women must have climbed over the net or tried to go swimming right next to the glory hole. My point is that she was being stupid. It’s nearly impossible to get sucked into this thing if you’re swimming or boating in the designated areas


useLOGICnotEMOTION

I wouldn’t want to be in the same body of water as this thing, ever. I wouldn’t even want to take a fucking bath in the same town as this piece of shit. Fuck that thing. I don’t even wanna think about it anymore.


TheOnlyLordByron

Congratulations, you win evolution


ivegot2legs

I’ve been to Lake Berryessa a few times. It’s a popular lake for boating and all kind of activities. The lake is pretty big. The drain is at the end of a winding arm of the lake. The remote location and the safety equipment means there is practically no danger. But we still don’t go near it. There’s no reason to.


peatoire

They're is a sign on the net that says 'Glory hole this way'


matt9191

Yikes >The woman dropped out of sight after gripping the edge of the hole for about 20 minutes That really sounds horrible


mallaso02

Imagine slowly coming to terms with that you’re going to die like that. The adrenaline wearing off and you go through your options realizibg there are none. Panic, then probably acceptance.


Tricky_Peace

I wonder if she died from drowning or the impacts caused by the water flowing?


Mrpoodlekins

It's a 200ft drop onto concrete so that's more than likely what killed her.


Tricky_Peace

Yeah that would do it


crankybush

Yeah. Here is a [photo of some people skating it](https://www.riverdavesplace.com/forums/attachments/jp-96-97-b-jpg.767825/), and here is a photo [where you can see the height of the dam](https://www.thereporter.com/wp-content/uploads/migration/2017/201703/NEWS_170309966_AR_0_YPQICGJAJECH.jpg). It's quite a drop.


bstix

The guy on the left in the picture was the editor of Thrasher magazine and would address readers letters in the mail column. As a kid I wrote a letter to him asking for directions to the "glory hole" that I had seen in the magazine. He didn't respond. Lol. RIP Phelps.


LordOdin99

Wait, the report said the opening is only 8ft wide. That looks way bigger.


crankybush

There appears to be something happening with the inlet where it curves inward and then has a secondary hole at the bottom that is a little smaller- you can see it in the GIF. So maybe that's what they meant.


Gramma_Hattie

If there's water at the bottom she should be fine though, that's how it works in Minecraft at least


captjust

So - super dead, then.


369_Clive

Looks like you drop 50m (about 150 feet) when you enter the shaft. The water will provide some cushioning but you're going to hit the concrete outflow pipe bend at the bottom with considerable force. That's what would kill, I'd imagine. Even if one managed to keep breathing amidst the masses of cold water 😖


gavelTree

Why don't they just swim up like in Mario?


titulinfrye

No frog suit.


blckdiamond23

One of these, yes. But check out this story. https://www.mmamania.com/platform/amp/2021/8/2/22605896/bj-penn-sucked-into-wave-pool-engine-room-nearly-died-like-movie-saw-mma


mokango

I stopped reading after "BJ Peen sucked"


IFKetoCICOMama

Then, sadly, you missed out on the part about how he survived: his "history with tough cunts".


Dont__Grumpy__Stop

[this site](http://www.russellrazholder.com/eventpics/2017/170303gloryhole/thumbnailsx.php) has some good pictures showing how it works. Edit: looks like it’s down. [Here](https://web.archive.org/web/20220320205218/http://www.russellrazholder.com/eventpics/2017/170303gloryhole/thumbnailsx.php) is the way back archive someone posted below.


TheOneGecko

That website is a blast, copyright 1996!


manofredgables

And what a glorious thing it is. Loads instantly, contains all the necessary information, super simple to navigate, not filled with ads, nothing moves around. I fucking hate the state of today's internet.


teabolaisacool

Whatever server it’s running on must be getting overloaded because it won’t load for me here Edit: imagine it’s just some dudes home pc that’s been sitting there running for years on it’s last leg and we fried the fuckin thing. Unintentional DDoS


legowerewolf

Reddit hug of death, probably.


Dasguudmane

Whatever it's running on can't hold much volume at all. I've never encountered a hug-of-death from a 2nd-level comment at ~700 karma. It's as if it's hosted on some dust-clogged Gateway running for 25 years straight.


RJFerret

Wayback machine archive of it: https://web.archive.org/web/20220320205218/http://www.russellrazholder.com/eventpics/2017/170303gloryhole/thumbnailsx.php


teabolaisacool

Gen 1 raspberry pi in a dust filled shoe box


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PiresMagicFeet

Took a minute or two for me as well but it got up Reddit hugged too hard


WRB852

annnnnnnd it's gone.


iiAzido

I think we hugged it to death 😞 Edit: it’s up at the time of edit


xeq937

> Loads instantly It got hugged by reddit.


CaledoniaSky

The cat eyes at the top blink when you hover over them lol!


CEPBEP

aaand.. it's hugged to death


Zappiticas

Yep, Reddit has killed another one with our glorious hugs.


zvc266

Well. Now we know where Pennywise is living.


outofmyelement1445

I’m actually from the area. It goes from the reservoir through the dam and then it comes out to a creek. One time in the summer we climbed into the exit hole for this. It’s just a giant concrete tube.


zachsmthsn

There was a dammed lake where I lived that [allowed water to flow over a section and had drainage at the bottom as well](https://www.neel-schaffer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/laketuscaloosaaerial.jpg). The bottom drainage kept a constant minimum into the former creek while the spillway prevented flooding. The really cool thing is that the water from the bottom of the lake was pressurized so it shot up like a fountain, and it was much colder since the lake was deeper than sunlight could reach. This meant that below the dam would be like 65 degF ambient temperature while it was 100 degF everywhere else. It was technically illegal to visit but we used to go there during the summer to swim in the warm water from the top of the spillway. The cold air and warm water combined with the landscape that was left from using dynamite to create the space for the dam made this a surreal location that felt like you were on the surface of Mars or something.


danpaq

18th hole of minigolf


imdonetheswede

feels weird that they put it so close to a road? like I can 100% imagine people just going there and throwing shit in it


PretzelsThirst

Imagine blowing that corner and flipping your car into it


CommunicationTime265

Horrible way to go for sure


fargame

An article linked above said that it's a 200 feet drop. I guess that's enough for an instant death on impact


ziggybear16

What the fuck?!? That’s terrifying!


thebraddestbrad

Way less terrifying than being in an underground river for the rest of your life though


RC_G4m1ng

They will be in it for the rest of their lives


wolfieboi92

They have a curve to them, there's one in the UK, I think the fall would still kill but you'd hit that curve with some force to be sanded down rather badly before you're shot out the end.


Johnny_Mc2

I’m surprised some prankster hasn’t gone out at night and built a fucking ramp on the guardrails


Schmotz

Sounds like a 'Get the secret VHS Tape' objective from Tony Hawk's.


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dylanmdestpern

Yeah but at least it's rated the 2nd largest.


adolfojp

// I'll bite Which one is the largest?


Not_a_tryhard_gamer

the one at my house


Renegade_Squid

Calm down there, Tuna Can Terry.


CCThreadsAreRacist

*stretches legs* *stretches arms* “Your...” *cracks fingers* *cracks neck* *dies*


PrometheanFlame

Hello? Is anyone there? I seek glory!!


Username_Egli

I wonder who the highest is 👀


ihazacat

Your mom


jgrrrjige

Genuinely wondering how this affects the wildlife environment in the lake?


PenguinRancher51

Imagine being some fish just chilling and then you just got sucked into another dimension outta nowhere


[deleted]

Imagine being some fish just chilling


funwillfunwill

Ain't that the dream


I_Do_Cannabis_Stuff

When people ask what animal I'd be if I could be any animal my answer's always been a jellyfish. Just floatin, eatin, and vibing out in the ocean with literally no ability to have any worries.


craykaay

Went to a park in California. There was this Japanese garden and we were sitting next to this authentic tea house and watching the squirrels near a lake. And oh, to die and come back as a fat squirrel in a quaint Japanese garden inside of a gorgeous park in the spring. What a dream.


PenguinRancher51

I mean sign me up......as long as no one's gonna put a giant hole in my lake


ShadySwashbuckler

The intense quick pressure difference usually ruptures their swim bladders and they die slowly not being able to regulate their buoyancy.


PenguinRancher51

Poor bastards


22Sharpe

To be fair it’s incredibly rare for it to actually be spilling over like this. When the water level isn’t high like this from severe rainstorms (which being in California I would say drought is far more likely) then it’s just a hunk of concrete in the middle of the lake.


Cinaed

Can confirm. Went to the lake last year and the gloryhole is like 30+ feet above water. The lake is very low at the momment. [here](https://www.thereporter.com/2021/05/17/lake-berryessa-shows-effects-of-ongoing-drought/) is a picture of it from last year


TheBeatGoesAnanas

I grew up near Berryessa, and used to go up there every summer with friends who had a house there. I've never seen it anywhere close to that low. Fuck.


theieuangiant

I was so confused about how they built this but now I've seen that picture it makes total sense.


Not_Andrew

I was gonna say, it probably hasn't spilled over in quite a while with how dry we've been the last decade. I can't even remember the last time the yolo bypass weir overflowed and flooded the fields there. It used to be every year like clockwork.


monkeying_around369

Was just thinking the same thing. I wonder if they eventually learned to avoid that area. I’m imagining how many ducks have gotten sucked in….or people.


sprazTV

at least one person and one duck


Awestruck34

The person died, the duck did not


teh_lynx

Nets? Probably nets / barriers


DaanOnlineGaming

One person died, no idea if they installed a net after that incident or not. Would make sense for them to put a big chain net over it or something.


Happy_OrcaX

Am I the only person shi#ting bricks looking at this cuz my mind is playing out scenarios of what all will happen with me as I get sucked in that drain?


dhr_1

You will die. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NORTH-BAY-Woman-Sucked-Into-Lake-Berryessa-2849821.php


IIIIUUIIII

It drops down 200 feet? Fucking scary ...


DsDemolition

Thanks, but holy shit the ads on that site are out of control


boundone

For the record, on Firefox with uBlock Origen and Privacy Badger, no ads at all, on both laptop and mobile. Both are free.


[deleted]

“She hung 20 minutes on the edge before falling in.” Jesus Christ.


Knox023

That.. would... suck. 🙄


karma-enigma

Imagine going straight off the edge of the road in a car and going straight down. Would be biblical


Blobbyblob92

It would beat the space Tesla to the worm hole


PartyKrill

Authorities said witnesses reported seeing Schwalek swimming TOWARD the spillway at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 👀


J_Thompson82

So…what’s at the bottom? I know it directs water somewhere but is there a metal grate? Just a massive hole? Falling 200 into water wouldn’t necessarily kill you. Did it spit her body out somewhere? Damn, this thing terrifies me and I need more details for my nightmares this evening.


Bombkirby

It's best to just google it. There's a dozen videos of people/drones going inside of these things on youtube. Quick image example: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ed/3d/f2/ed3df260e634b2ed2d03a134625039e6.jpg


MaltheF

Imagine exploring the tube, looking up out of the top and suddenly see water flowing in 😬


J_Thompson82

Yup. That would definitely kill you dead.


FBOM0101

Getting killed dead is the worst


TerrorSnow

Childhood video game knowledge leads me to believe you will be fine as long as you have a skateboard.


tiny_refrigerator2

Fuck, imagine surviving the fall and the time underwater just to be stuck in front of the metal gate, 10 feet from the exit, with all the dead bodies that drowned before


chargoggagog

The exit is a quarter mile away, not sure how long it takes the water to go that distance tho.


J_Thompson82

Shit! I think I saw that scene once in a mission impossible movie. Fuck. That. Noise.


maggiemae83

Hello, may I introduce you to MrBallen on YouTube?


IllustriousEntity

When it's not draining any water out. The inside of that is a [legendary skateboarding spot](https://64.media.tumblr.com/7558cd0ed258cc9da787351d00cb9529/tumblr_nz1a6eOVjP1tp4km3o1_1280.jpg). lots of folks travel out there to [skate it](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re3SjqPQ8LA)


mahasattva

Wonder how they got the graffiti so high up in the tube? I can't figure how one would place a ladder without it just sliding out on you.


affirmative20

Whoever came up with that name was very cocky


Loggerdon

r/dontstickyourdickinthat


Hashbrown4

I mean if you’re a giant it’s fair game right?


ieen14

The lady of the lake is just waiting down there.


someone_forgot_me

its dontput


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Mars: Are you stuck step sis?


wireless1980

I would prefer to have some kind of cage surrounding the vortex.


CorectMySpelingIfGay

Nah, If your close your dead. A fence is only a net to hold you as you drown, probably require to much maintenance clearing debris too.


Equinox415

> Powerful as it looks, the spillway probably wouldn’t pull you down to the netherworld if for some reason you found yourself in the lake. Although it could still be dangerous (and there are safety barriers and buoys to keep people away), you could probably swim away from the current. “It’s a lot of water, but not a lot of velocity,” Mr. King said. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/science/lake-berryessa-spillway-california-glory.html Not guaranteed to kill you, there are also safety barriers absent from the gif


Grumplogic

You can see yellow buoys at the top edge of the gif at the beginning in the water and if that other poster is right and there an 8' fence on the road it's fully enclosed.


DaanOnlineGaming

Someone did die in 1997 but that's it.


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It’s crazy to think how she died, it says she swam towards it then held onto the edge for about 20 mins before falling in and disappearing it’s a 200 foot drop down a 72 foot wide pipe in total darkness with tons of water, then at the bottom it narrows to 28 feet wide, turns 90 degrees and runs for hundreds of feet underground before spilling out on the other side hopefully she passed out on the 200 ft drop, would be a horrible way to go


bosscher47

Results of the Drought: https://www.davisenterprise.com/files/2016/02/GloryHole1W1-1024x792.jpg


random-person20

wow that’s a really interesting viewpoint. thanks for sharing!


hopefully-a-good-buy

holy fuck, this should be higher up. that’s a LOT of fucking water


mollyyfcooke

Holy shit this is a great picture! Thank you!


Jazztify

So cool lookin! I wonder if there any near where I live. I’m going to google “glory holes near me” and see what I get….


CumInAnimals

Well, what were you able to find?


candohuey

Im quite afraid this user probably got too distracted by the glory holes, u/CumInAnimals. Let's wait.


Worsaae

Is this the same lake where the Zodiac stabbed that couple?


Blad514

First thing I thought of, too.


PEEEETE

The same. Every small town around there has a “zodiac shack” that supposedly is where the Zodiac killer would hide out from the police in secret. In reality, it’s just local kids making up stories, and it was always some generic creepy old shack on the outskirts of town. Source: I grew up 25 minutes from there. We had a zodiac shack, so did the next town… and the next town…


Rizzle_the_Bizzle

Yes


Worsaae

And then somebody stabbed the lake?


Rizzle_the_Bizzle

Most certainly, also yes.


Alexius6th

They don’t….actually call it that, do they?


BleedingTeal

It’s official name is Morning Glory Spillway at Lake Berryessa. But you can probably see why it got the nickname it did.


tbrumleve

From SF Gate: “The spillway, which drops straight down more than 200 feet, is known as the Glory Hole.”


mbstor23

Wrong. I’m pretty sure that’s a portal to another dimension and/or other side of the world. Stay clear!


killploki

That's probably what the fish in the lake see it as


Cultural_Carry4521

That’s a bit terrifying.


shaneanigans

This makes the front page every time it gets posted. I live right next to this place. Its not as impressive as these photos/drone fly-by vids make it look. [Most of the time the water is a lot lower than the top of the hole so it's just this weird giant Rocky tube sticking out of the water, until CA is having a good rain year then it's overflowing a bunch like this.](https://images.app.goo.gl/ySVT8L5CTZpceBQaA) It drains into Putah Creek(yes, as in Spanish puta, like "bitch/whore"). The story I was told as a kid is that a whore house used to be along putah creek and they'd bathe in the creek, hence the name. The local kids commonly take a drive from town to the lake and find a place to park and smoke a blunt. We'd call it the "happy trail", I feel like every town had a happy trail of some kind but this was ours. I live here. Not important or cool, but AMA.


illpilgrims

I've seen this plenty of times, but I always wonder why they made it so close to the road. Hide that shit so no one can jump in, right?


selm267

Right? Looks like it'd be easy for a car to go over the edge and straight into that too


Loopedrage

*Wheee^(eeeeeeeee)*


hrtfe1t

theres a high fence that blocks it so you cant just fall in, I guess you could technically still climb it tho


ImSpeshl

fingers, but hole


immigrant-fish

Anyone know the science behind why it's falling in from the left side like that?


Sir_Potato_Sir

It looks open on all the other sides so my mildly educated guess is the current from the lake flows around the circle and then the opposing sides run into each other because the shore blocks it from going elsewhere and falls in. Water is flowing in from all sides but the pulling from the water falling creates a vortex sorta like a whirlpool which is what causes the extra flow around the circle. source: a couple years of fluid mechanics, take it with a grain of salt


tacovado

Why isn’t there some sort of fence around it?!


IliketoNH

Theres a 10+ ft tall fence (unsure of actual height but point is the video doesnt do the fence/wall justice) next to the road and well as warning signs if I recall correctly. You'd really have to go out of your way to access it.


juanita313

Kayakist nightmare.