Backbone Lake Dams
Last updated: 1/28/2013
River/Stream: Maquoketa River
Location: Backbone State Park, 5 miles south of Strawberry Point, Delaware County
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
: typical; be aware there are two dams flanking an island
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
August 2, 1936 - Joseph Lathrop, boating
Comments: Canoe water trail begins below these dams.
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