Maquoketa - Manchester Waterpark

Maquoketa, Iowa, US


Manchester Waterpark

Usual Difficulty II (varies with level)
Length 0.12 Miles

Construction as of 11-12-14

Construction as of 11-12-14
Photo by Hannah RayJ (photo taken by Ty Graham) taken 11/25/14

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Maquoketa River at Manchester, IA
usgs-05416900 200 - 2000 cfs II 00h34m 258 cfs (running)
Likely play opportunities. (WE NEED YOUR INPUT! Help fine-tune ranges by adding a comment or report about flows and playability here!) Gauge (275 sq.mi. drainage) is about one mile downstream, thus very accurately reflects actual flow for this playpark.

River Description

Downtown Manchester now features a waterpark! Removal of a dam allowed replacing it with stone wingdam structures to create 5-6 playable features. Check the facebook page for ongoing activities: ManchesterWhitewaterPark.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-27 20:42:54


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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August 7 2017 (531 days ago)
szczrob (159413)
The flow was around 270-280 cfs on 8/5/17. Excellent beginner work for moving water, approaches,
and eddies. All the eddy lines were strong and squirelly. Requiring attention to position and
technique.The eddies were flowing almost as strong as the main current and at time required an
effort to get out of. The first three drops are smooth chutes with easy to see tongues with a
little splash at the end. There were small spots for front surfing, but not really any room for any
kind of moves. The fourth drop required more effort to line up. The conflicting main and eddy
currents had to be navigated through some rocks to get lined up. A little bigger splash at the
bottom. The fifth and sixth drop each increased slightly in complexity and splash size. These pools
were just as strong but smaller. The most efficient walk up would be from bottom to the top of the
fourth drop as these are closer and have more play options. Four and five had a large front surf
opening with some carving and maneuvering possibilities. The sixth had front and side surf
possibilities - you could move around on the river left side without losing the wave. The side surf
was a little sticky and if I had more time I might have been able to try some spins. My friends got
tubes at the Watershed slightly upstream and enjoyed the day. The crowd was a mix of tubers,
kayakers, and swimmers. The kayakers coming out early in the afternoon with most leaving before the
crowds increased. Be careful around the tubers as they don't have much control. A group got upset
at me when they dropped in on me while I was surfing and I couldn't get out of the way in time for
them. There are a good range of options for food and groceries in Manchester (except on Sunday when
the grocery store is closed). Nice tent accommodations in nearby Bailey's Ford. Sorry if there is a
duplicate post, I had an issue with my browser.
June 19 2016 (945 days ago)
yellowdog (155225)
The flow was about 700 cfs on 6/18 and the first hole was loopable/spinnable/cartwheelable for more
advanced boaters. The fifth (I think) feature was a good, fast front sufer that was spinnable too.
It was a lot fun.
November 25 2014 (1517 days ago)
Hannah Ray JDetails
Update. The project is underway. Construction of 6 features has started and is ongoing. Completion
is anticipated spring/summer 2015. Check out Manchester Whitewater on Facebook for more frequent
updates. You can also contact me, Hannah Ray J, a Manchester native, for more details. I can be
reached via Facebook or email