The Massachusetts street bridge over the Kansas River in downtown Lawrence lies above the Bowersock Dam, the only dam on the Kaw River. The waterfall created by the dam makes the river below it free of ice, even in the coldest winters.
Being immediately below a hydro dam, water levels can change depending upon power generation, and also upon 'baffles' on the dam which may drop. As a result, gauging levels is primarily by on-site inspection.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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