Park Avenue Dam

River/Stream: Cedar River

Location: Waterloo, Black Hawk County
        Latitude: 42.49727
        Longitude: -92.33829
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Built: 1871, reconstruction began 2007 completed 2011

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View of dam face from downstream on the southern bank.

Owner: City of Waterloo

Height: 12 ft., variable with inflatable bladders

Length: 414 ft.

Hazards: drownings, urban, portage

Warning Signs: dam diamonds on the Park Avenue Bridge piers

Portage: none


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Upstream view of dam horizon line.

Fatalities 6

  • May 21, 1944 - Walter Gallery & his son Walter Jr., boat swept over dam
  • April 12, 1941 - Donald Allen, jumped from oar-less boat as it went over dam
  • March 28, 1909 - Henry Bothman, C.A. Anderson & Frank Bentz, row boat capsized before being swept over the dam