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Difficulty II
Length 0 Miles
Gauge Cedar River at Charles City, IA
Flow Range 400 - 5000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 7620 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 03/11/2018 10:02 pm

River Description

There are 3 manmade drop/pool structures in 1200' of river with an ADA accessible boat ramp at the end.

Live webcam at

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Photos of the old dam are available at Iowa Whitewater Charles City Dam#1 and after reconstruction at Iowa Whitewater Charles City Dam#2.

Check out this YouTube video:

Rapid Descriptions

Dam Drop

Class - II+ Mile - 0

Just downstream from the Pedestrian Bridge. Flow ~5500cfs.

Doc's Drop

Class - II+ Mile - 0.01

Next feature below Dam Drop. ~5500cfs

Exit Drop

Class - N/A Mile - 0.02


Summary of Gauge Readings

The gauge is just downstream of the run, therefore should very accurately portray flows in the course.

Gauge NameReadingTimeComment
Cedar River at Charles City, IA
AW Gauge Info
7620 cfs ℹ️ 01h15m Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.

Directions Description

Shuttle is carry-up.


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Steve Weliver