Alden Dam

Last updated: 11/22/2009
River/Stream: Iowa River

Location: Alden, Hardin County

Owner: City of Alden

Height: 10 ft.
Length: 208 ft.

Hazards: drowning, usage, visibility, height
Warning Signs: Updates in progress
Portage: river left, avoid river right especially during high water; portage improved in 2008
Documented Fatalitites: 2
Incident Report:
Authorities identified the victims as Jonathan Hill, 26, and Drew Goodknight, 22, both of Iowa Falls. A third passenger in the boat, Levi Wendland, 26, also of Iowa Falls, escaped serious injury but was reportedly taken to Ellsworth Municipal Hospital in Iowa Falls.
The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. when the three were paddling on the Iowa River. After reaching the dam at Alden, they carried their canoe around and below the dam, but the vessel was apparently sucked into the churning water.
None of the three passengers were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.
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View of Alden Dam boil during high water
Horizon line from upstream of the dam