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In addition to the tremendous economic benefits realized by Commercial Navigation, Recreational Boating makes significant contributions to the economy and Quality of Life in the Tennessee Valley.  Built primarily to enhance commerce, Tennessee River navigation locks are used extensively by recreational craft to “lock through” from one section of the river to another, just as the towboats and barges do.  On average, over 20,000 recreational craft of all shapes and sizes transit locks on the Tennessee River each year.  TVA estimates that recreational boating alone pumps more than $25 Million into the valley economy annually, and overall water-based recreation generates over $2 Billion in annual revenues throughout the Tennessee Valley Region.