Fort Dodge Little Dam

River/Stream: Des Moines River

Location: Fort Dodge, Webster County
        Latitude: 42.493703
        Longitude: -94.187340
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Built: 1916. DEMOLISHED: February, 2019.

Owner: City of Fort Dodge

Height: formerly 8 feet

Length: formerly 270 feet

Hazards: drowning, urban, visibility

Warning Signs: no longer needed

Comments: Visible downstream from the Little Dam access is a high trestle rail bridge. Just upstream of it is a small dam that submerges before recirculation becomes dangerous. At low flows move over to river right to avoid scraping over its top.

Fatalities 1

  • July 10, 1983, Patrick Darby, inner tube floating

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