Palisades-Kepler Dam

Last updated: 12/31/2009
River/Stream: Cedar River
 
Location: southeast of Cedar Rapids, Linn County
 
Owner: Iowa Department of Natural Resources
 
Height: originally 8 ft.
 
Length: 780 ft.
 
Hazards: debris, usage, other
 
Warning Signs: standard signs are up
 
Portage: Pull out on the sandbar on the river left and portage across the rocks and dry section of the dam, putting in at the sandbar below the rapids.
 
Comments: state park; highly deteriorated. Although to experienced paddlers they look like runnable, solid class II rapids with some potentially sticky holes, pieces of steel that once reinforced the concrete dam below the surface can pierce a boat's hull and/or entrap a swimming paddler.
 
Documented Fatalitites: 5
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Photos by David Leskowicz