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Difficulty II
Length 0.01 Miles
Gauge Cedar River at Waterloo, IA
Flow Range 500 - 4300 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 39 minutes ago 2350 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/06/2009 9:44 am

River Description

This playspot is named after the "Clay Equipment Co." which was located next to the river years ago. The river bottom in this section is bedrock with some sand & gravel.

All of the Clay Hole features are created by an old "beautification" dam. It's intact on river left and broken out in the center, ("D" hole, which is where we do most of our playing). Everything from the center to river left is fun and safe. The only portion we've found to be nasty is in the "you're on your own area" - it's shallow, has many sharp rocks, a pinning spot (bridge pier), and one deep hole that WILL recirculate you. But, there are a few of us who venture in for a thashing every now and then. One can side surf out either end so it's not terminal.

We have removed all rebar, head-banging rocks and trash on river left out to the "D" hole. Stuff continues to get thrown or washed in or get exposed with high flows so pay attention. Flow in this pic is approx. 1800 cfs.

To Get There:
Find the intersection of Hwy 57 and Main Street in Cedar Falls, IA. Go across the river on Main Street and turn right onto Lincoln St. Proceed about 3 blocks to Greeley Street and turn right (by the bait shop). There will be a parking area next to the river just above the play hole.

For the non-playboater:
There is plenty of flatwater for rec boaters. In fact, after play, you can float a mile or so downstream to George Wyth State Park and take out right at your camp site. There are over 60 miles of surfaced bike trails with some single track dirt trails. Main St. has many cafes, bars, antique shops, bike shop, etc., so stay a while.

Rapid Descriptions


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Ben VanCamp
12 years ago

Check out the Cedar River Environmental group at CREG is a watershed non-profit group focused on the long-term sustainability of the Cedar River and its tributaries. Headquartered in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the group arose from the Cedar River Festival, the longest active river clean-up in Iowa.

Gage Descriptions

The Waterloo gauge has continuous readings. The Cedar Falls gauge doesn't give a reading until the feature washes out.

Various features are playable between 500 and 4300 cfs.
Above 2500 the "A" & "B" holes develop a nice surfing wave with several eddy lines to squirt and cartwheel on - an excellent play spots for beginners.
At 3200 cfs the "D" hole starts giving up loops and cartwheels for the shorter boats.
Over 4300 cfs the "D" hole get's hard to attain.
Over 4700 all features begin to flatten out.

Directions Description

This is a 'park-and-play' spot, so ignore the 'shuttle directions' automatically created below. However, you can use the text-entry box to input your home (or other starting) address to get drive time, distance, and directions to this play spot.

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