Des Moines, Iowa, US
||III (for normal flows)
Des Moines River at Fort Dodge, IA
500 - 7000 cfs
Too high for good whitewater? (Do you have info on these flows? Add a comment or report!) Gauge (4190 sq.mi. drainage) lies just under 5 miles downstream, so should quite accurately reflect actual flows here.
The feature is formed by a 90 ft long ledge on river left with an eddy on the left. It has a
slight "smile" with the river right half angling slightly downstream. The left half is
more perpendicular to the current. At 4000 cfs we were able to ferry over to mid feature and drop
into the hole from the downstream side. At this level the hole is about 2' deep measured from the
top of the foam pile and 4' from the top of the ledge with a wide trough.
From the center to surfer's right, the hole is moderately sticky. A static side surf here will
take some effort to get out. One can easily ender out or exit upside down.
It's a fast, bouncy ride but too shallow for cartwheels or loops. With higher water these moves
may become possible.
To Get There:
Head north on Hwy.169 from Hwy.20 to Co. D-14 north of Ft Dodge. Head east on D-14 and turn left
on the dirt road just before crossing the Des Moines R. In a couple blocks there'll be a pull-out
in the trees next to the river. Paddle upstream a couple hundred yards.
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Last Updated: 2009-05-06 10:19:21