Cedar - Charles City Water Park

Cedar, Iowa, US


Charles City Water Park

Usual Difficulty II (for normal flows)

Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs

Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs
Photo by S. Weliver taken 06/04/11

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cedar River at Charles City, IA
usgs-05457700 200 - 5000 cfs II 01h00m 891 cfs (running)
Generally too shallow for loops, but getting more powerful for dynamic spins and low-angle moves. Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.

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 http://kayakcc.com

Check out the official website at: CCWhitewater.com

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

The following YouTube video is from June 18, 2011, with the gauge reading around 2700 cfs.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-06-09 23:33:37


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Dam DropII+Playspot Photo
0.0Exit DropN/A
0.0Doc's DropII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Dam Drop (Class II+)

Dam Drop Video

Dam Drop Video
Photo by Tracy Meise taken 03/27/11

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

Doc's Drop (Class II+)

Doc's Drop Video

Doc's Drop Video
Photo by Tracy Meise taken 03/27/11 @ 5500 cfs

Next feature below Dam Drop. ~5500cfs

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