Fort Dodge Little Dam


River/Stream: Des Moines River

Location: Fort Dodge, Webster County
        Latitude: 42.493703
        Longitude: -94.187340
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Built: 1916

Owner: City of Fort Dodge

Height: 8 feet

Length: 270 feet

Hazards: drowning, urban, visibility

Warning Signs:

Comments: The low head dam is a challenge. You can scramble up the riverbank on the east side, with easy portage below the dam. The city has also built a ramp south of the lowhead dam on the west side which can be used if you want to portage from the hydro dam. -- Gerry Rowland


Fatalities 1

  • July 10, 1983, Patrick Darby, inner tube floating

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