The Lost Sea Adventure in Monroe County celebrates 50 years

SWEETWATER (WATE) – The Lost Sea Adventure is celebrating 50 years of being open. The cave trail will take you deeper and deeper into history until you finally reach the largest underground lake in America.

The lake was first discovered in 1905 by a 13-year-old-boy named Ben Sands, but it wasn’t showcased until several years later.

“June 1965 was the first time it was opened as the attraction, The Lost Sea,” said Lisa McClung, general manager the Lost Sea Adventure.

There’s plenty of history to see from start to finish.

The lost sea is about 140 feet below the surface and is fed by four different underwater springs, covering about four and half acres.
The lost sea is about 140 feet below the surface and is fed by four different underwater springs, covering about four and half acres.

“The cave was actually, I think, used by the Cherokee Indians and Civil War Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. They actually mined the dirt in the cave to be used for gunpowder,” said McClung.

The lost sea is about 140 feet below the surface and is fed by four different underwater springs, covering about four and half acres.

“It is very clear and it is about 95 percent clear and it’s very cold because it’s about 56 degrees,” said McClung.

The air temperature is a pleasant 58 degrees year round, with about 98 percent humidity.

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“It’s a cool place to be in the summer, and then in the winter because it’s 58 degrees and it’s so cold outside. It’s also a warm place to be in the winter,” said McClung.

No matter what season you choose to explore the Lost Sea, you will always get to float on history.

“The best part about your tour here at the Lost Sea Adventure is you actually get to go out on the water. I’m sitting on a boat surrounded by rainbow trout and the view is absolute stunning. It is a must see,” said McClung.

While you are enjoying the boat ride, your tour guide will feed the rainbow trout so you can see them up close in action.

One day only, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, they will offer several other amenities.

“We will have cupcakes, popcorn and lemonade and at 1 p.m. we will have an opening ceremony where we will have several of our officials speaking,” McClung said.

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