Backbone Lake Dams

Last updated: 1/28/2013
River/Stream: Maquoketa River

Location: Backbone State Park, 5 miles south of Strawberry Point, Delaware County
        Latitude: 42.600692
        Longitude: -91.5367573
        Click here to view an aerial map of the dam.
 
Built: 1930s by CCC
 
Owner: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Height: 25 ft.
 
Length: 110 ft., two dams flanking an island

Hazards: typical; be aware there are two dams flanking an island
 
Warning Signs: none
 
Portage: multiple portage locations within the Backbone State Park shoreline. Excellent portage at DNR boatramp located on the island between the two dams.
 
 
 
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Photos by Dave Hillman
 
Documented Fatalitites: 1
Comments: Canoe water trail begins below these dams.