River/Stream: Des Moines River
Owner: City of Des Moines
Height: 5 feet
Length: 440 feet
Hazards: drowning, urban, portage, varying, visibility
Warning Signs: dam warning signs on every arch - both Scott Street and River Street pedestrian bridges. Also, every arch of the River Street pedestrian bridge has rescue lines down to the river attached to orange buoys. Additional signs warn bridge pedestrians of dam danger.
Comments: the dam is not visible in aerial photographs (e.g. Google maps) because it is obscured by the bridge over it.
Paddle craft not allowed in the area between the Center Street and Scott Street dams.
- May 29, 2017 - Ronald Weaver drifted into current with unpowered boat
- July 4, 2007 - swimmer Franco Ventura
- August 10, 2002 - kayaker Steven Nourse
- June 15, 1952, Mary Arzetta Jones, wading
Close call on July 29, 2019: unnamed couple rescued after inflatable raft flipped in boil
Close call on July 8, 2007: rafters Joseph Wanek & Rachel Treptow rescued
Upstream view of dam horizon line
Looking upstream at dam underneath the bridge
Closer upstream look at dam