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Cedar - Palisades-Kepler State Park (PnP)
Cedar, Iowa, US
Palisades-Kepler State Park (PnP)
III (for normal flows)
Palisades-Kepler Photo of Gary Heil taken 2003 @ ~7500 cfs
State Park side hole very retentive for surfing and flat spins, but too shallow for anything vertical and no place to be upside down. 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.
At the right flows this is a Class III-IV, 2 meter wave with some Class VI 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.