Cedar - Palisades-Kepler State Park (PnP)

Cedar, Iowa, US


Palisades-Kepler State Park (PnP)

Usual Difficulty III (for normal flows)
Length 0.1 Miles


Photo of Gary Heil taken 2003 @ ~7500 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Cedar River at Cedar Rapids, IA
usgs-05464500 8000 - 35000 cfs III 00h35m 5990 cfs (too low)
not much happening here. Gauge (6510 sq.mi drainage) is ~14 miles upstream (relatively minor tribs intervene) so may lead/lag by a few hours, but should reasonably well portray flows.

River Description

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.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2018-01-27 20:18:43


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: ~6,960 sq.mi.N/A

Rapid Descriptions

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
February 7 2008 (3997 days ago)
Ben VanCampDetails
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.
July 5 2004 (5309 days ago)
Gary HeilDetails
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.