Cedar - Charles City Water Park


Cedar, Iowa, US

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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 00h21m 2800 cfs (running)
Moderate (perhaps 'optimum') flows. Excellent play. Vertical moves in Doc's Drop and Exit Exam. 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

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9/17/10 Construction

Detail Trip Report  9/17/10 Construction  @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park, (166.99KB .jpeg)

9/17/10 Construction

Detail Trip Report  9/17/10 Construction  @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park, IA(132.32KB .jpeg)

Doc's Drop_1

Detail Trip Report  Doc's Drop_1  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(2.23MB .jpeg)

Overview

Detail Trip Report  Overview  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(715.09KB .jpeg)

Doc's Drop

Detail Trip Report  Doc's Drop  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(682.62KB .jpeg)

Exit Exam

Detail Trip Report  Exit Exam  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(690.75KB .jpeg)

Dam Drop Video

Detail Trip Report  Dam Drop Video  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(4.09MB .avi)

Doc's Drop Video

Detail Trip Report  Doc's Drop Video  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**), IA(6.42MB .avi)

Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs

Detail Trip Report  Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**), IA(130.21KB .jpeg)

Dam Drop @ 1200 cfs

Detail Trip Report  Dam Drop @ 1200 cfs  @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**), IA(122.65KB .jpeg)

DD @ 7250cfs

Detail Trip Report  DD @ 7250cfs  @Cedar Charles City Water Park, IA(120.51KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

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

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cedar River at Charles City, IA
usgs-05457700 200 - 5000 cfs II 00h21m 2800 cfs (running)
Moderate (perhaps 'optimum') flows. Excellent play. Vertical moves in Doc's Drop and Exit Exam.
Gauge (1054 sq.mi. drainage) is in Charles City, so should accurately reflect water available at this location.
RangeWater LevelDifficultyComment
200 - 400 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II Flat spins only
400 - 800 cfs barely runnable-med runnable II Mostly flatspins. Some elevated moves possible at the upper end of this range.
800 -1800 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II Generally too shallow for loops, but getting more powerful for dynamic spins and low-angle moves.
1800 -3500 cfs med runnable-a bit pushy runnable II Moderate (perhaps 'optimum') flows. Excellent play. Vertical moves in Doc's Drop and Exit Exam.
3500 -5000 cfs a bit pushy runnable-high runnable II High (but playable) flows. Starting to get large logs flushing through.
5000 -7000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II High, fast, no eddies! (Mostly 'catch-on-the-fly' surfs.)
7000 -20000 cfs somewhat High-somewhat High II Bank full to flooding. Play features washed out. Very fast current. No easy exit from the water.

Report - Reports of Cedar Charles City Water Park and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
4y4d18h49m @Cedar Charles City Water Park [IA] DD @ 7250cfs 7250 cfs John R. Shultz
5y355d01h29m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**) [IA] Dam Drop @ 1200 cfs 0 cfs Steve Weliver
5y355d01h31m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Officially Open**) [IA] Exit Exam @ 1200 cfs 0 cfs Steve Weliver
6y58d20h48m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop Video 5500 cfs Steve Weliver
6y58d21h16m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Dam Drop Video n/a Steve Weliver
6y71d20h46m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Exit Exam n/a Steve Weliver
6y71d20h47m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop n/a Steve Weliver
6y71d20h52m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Overview n/a Steve Weliver
6y187d22h17m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Doc's Drop_1 n/a Steve Weliver
6y213d18h34m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Account of 10/23/10 0.00 ft Steve Weliver
6y213d18h51m @Cedar Charles City Water Park (**Under Construction**) [IA] Account of 10/23/10 0 cfs Steve Weliver
6y249d00h39m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park [IA] Account of 09/18/10 0 cfs Steve Weliver
6y249d00h47m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park [IA] 9/17/10 Construction 0 cfs Steve Weliver
6y249d00h51m @Cedar Charles City: *Proposed* Water Park 9/17/10 Construction 0 cfs Steve Weliver

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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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