Story City Dam

River/Stream: South Skunk River

Location: Story City, Story County
        Latitude: 42.186185
        Longitude: -93.586757
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Owner: City of Story City

Height: 4 feet

Length: 100 feet


Warning Signs: portage marked

Portage: water trail portage on river right

Comments: This dam is the site of the first low head dam modifications in the state. Work to convert the dam into a rock rapids was completed in 2007. The effort greatly reduced the deadly hydraulic that often formed at the previous low head dam. After modification and at higher water levels the rapids become a feature suitable for enjoyment by whitewater kayakers. Unfortunately the area has deteriorated due to underestimated forces that displaced undersized arched rock rapids structures

Use all caution when considering recreation at this area.

View of dam before modification

View of dam shortly after modification

View of deteriorated modifications in July, 2011