Fort Dodge Hydro Dam


River/Stream: Des Moines River

Location: Fort Dodge, Webster County
        Latitude: 42.516319
        Longitude: -94.200347
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Built: 1922. Demolition in progress.

Owner: City of Fort Dodge

Height: 17 feet

Length: 366 feet

Hazards: height, urban, visibility

Warning Signs:

Comments: a staged removal of the dam began in February, 2019. The next removal phase will resume sometime after March flood waters recede and probably not until late summer. Please do not paddle or swim in this area.


Fatalities 1

  • May 28, 2018, Alex Dencklau, his kayak capsized in the boil below the dam

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Click here to enlarge imagePhotos courtesy of Gordon Greif