C Street "Roller" Dam

Last updated: 12/30/2012
River/Stream: Cedar River
 
Location: southwest Cedar Rapids, Linn County
        Latitude: 41.94432280537
        Longitude: -91.630303537
        Click here to view an aerial map of the dam.
 
Built: 1966
 
Owner: Alliant Energy - West
 
Height: 9.5 ft.
 
Length: 636 ft.
 
Hazards: urban, visibility
 
Warning Signs: Need improvement
 
Portage: There are plenty of spots to take out upstream of the dam and walk down the road. There is also a plenty of areas to put back in downstream of it.
 
Comments: There appears to be a little breach designed in on the south side (river right), but never attempt to run it.  It's way too small, and the paddler would get sucked right back into the recirculating water at the dam face.
 
Documented Fatalitites: 7
 
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Photos above by David Leskowicz
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Incident Report:
 
On July 29th, 2009, Christopher Clark, a 30-year-old man from Cedar Rapids, died after he was sucked off his personal watercraft and into the roller dam in Cedar Rapids. Witnesses said Clark and Bobbiejo McDanniel were riding two separate personal watercraft on the Cedar River on Wednesday evening. Clark got close to the dam several times, and eventually was sucked under the current at about 7:45 p.m. Clark was wearing a life vest, but it could not help him because of the strength of the undercurrents. (Click here to see incident photo.)