At the right flows this is a 2 meter wave with some serious hazards around it (according to local paddlers). Cliffs on both sides, pushy water, and other associated hazards should limit this area to high intermediate and expert paddlers only. Below 10,000cfs, the majority of the flow goes through the river right dam-breach which creates the play feature, reactionary waves, haystacks and other boat-swampers.Update - 03-27-11: Two play areas are described below; the "Channel Side" on the west or opposite side of the river from the put in (pictured above). And "The Hole" which is downstream from the put in and created by the intact portion of the dam. On the river left side the hole is playable. Get more than a boat length or two towards the middle and it gets terminal.
First timers are highly encouraged to post on the Iowa Whitewater website to hook up with one of the local boaters.Don't be tempted to run the center slot of the dam or play below it as there are a multitude of snags and other nasties just below the surface.
The following YouTube video shows a flyover-view of this area.
Check out the Cedar River Environmental group at http://www.thecregproject.org
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.
Recent flood waters have romoved the portion of the old dam that was responsible for forming the large wave-hole that is shown in the photos. A wave does still form in the south breach of the dam at the flows listed above, however, it does not get steep enough to surf a boat shorter than 8ft and even then it's a slow ride. No more fast carves and no more 360s. Also, the eddy that used to pull you back up to the dam from at least 200 yards downstream on the river left side of the south breach now only extends ~30 yards below the dam.
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Permits are not required for this reach.
This is a 'park-and-play' spot, so ignore the 'shuttle directions' which are automatically created below. However, you may uset the text-box to enter your home (or other starting) address to get drive time, distance, and directions to this playspot.
State Park Hole
State Park Hole
Wave#2 from Rive Right
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