Waucoma Mill Dam

River/Stream: Little Turkey River

Location: Waucoma, Fayette County
        Latitude: 43.054772
        Longitude: -92.033678
        Click here to view an aerial map of the dam.


Owner: City of Waucoma

Height: 11 feet

Length: 224 feet

Hazards: drownings, visibility, height

Warning Signs: none

Portage: small lake above dam with City park along left river bank (park is bordered by 1st Ave SE and County Road V68). Paddler friendly boat ramp in park allows for easy portage. Short trail from boat ramp to below dam allows for simple access to river below dam.

Comments: obvious impoundment. Paddlers should be extra cautious while executing portage during high water levels to avoid being accidentally pulled over dam.

Fatalities 2

  • July 25, 2010 - Christopher Spilde, attempted cross-river swim too close to the dam
  • June 10, 1950 - Bernard Bouska, swimming below the dam

Photos above by Dave Hillman

Waucoma Mill Pond with dam horizon line