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Difficulty III
Length 0.01 Miles
Gauge Des Moines River at Fort Dodge, IA
Flow Range 500 - 7000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 hour ago 1120 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/06/2009 10:19 am

River Description

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.

Rapid Descriptions


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Matthew Staker
15 years ago

This is a great little stretch for several reasons, due to the rocky river bottom, the water is unusually clean for Iowa and it is fairly swift... that couple hundred yard paddle can take a while fighting the current. It is also an excellent location for getting newbies into moving water to practive ferrying and catching eddies... many opportunities are provided here. A great precursor to something that requires some minor technical skills... This is deffinately a spot that I would take would-be newcommers to practice a bit.

Gage Descriptions

Maximum flow is based on visual recon. The feature may still be present at higher flows. It's reported to get stickier the lower it gets.

Directions Description

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1194153 05/06/09 Rob n/a