Main Street Dam

River/Stream: Cedar River

Location: Charles City, Floyd County
        Latitude: 43.066292
        Longitude: -92.680314
        Click here to view an aerial map of the dam.

Built: (beauty dam was later built below in 1933)

Owner: City of Charles City

Height: 11 feet

Length: 238 feet

Hazards: drowning

Warning Signs:

Portage: Take out at the dock on river right above the Main Street Dam.


Fatalities 1

  • March 22, 2016, Kevin Endelman, swept over dam after falling out of boat anchored above the dam

Close Call on June 29, 2013: Two Charles City men survived a trip over a dam Saturday evening on the Cedar River. A pontoon boat being operated by Ryan Fisher, 25, lost power and floated over the dam at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Fisher and an unidentified passenger were rescued uninjured from a bridge pillar downstream by the Charles City Fire Department. Neither was wearing a life jacket and the boat had not yet been recovered [that] evening. (from Globe Gazette)

Photos by Rick Dietz