Turkey, Iowa, US
|Usual Difficulty||II(III) (varies with level)|
|Turkey River above French Hollow Cr at Elkader, IA|
|usgs-05412020||300 - 5000 cfs||II+||40h35m||1550 cfs (running)|
|Big water, pushy, but great fun for strong experienced paddlers. Gauge (903 sq.mi. drainage) is just downstream, so will very accurately reflect flow in this park.|
The city removed a low head dam and created a whitewater feature. According to their website, the main feature is a 22' wide wave, designed to provide low-water surfs and spins down to 300 cfs, while flows of 1600 to 3000 cfs should provide more advanced freestyle moves (blunts, loops, cartwheels). A rock island below the main feature will be inundated at flows over 3000 cfs, and will provide 'big water' play for advanced boaters at flows of 3500 to 5000 cfs. Above 5000 cfs, expect the features to be mostly washed out, providing little or no play opportunity.
Check out the live webcam:
For more info (and photos) go to: Elkader Whitewater.
For more info about the overall park plan, go to: Elkader Park Plan