Waverly Dam

River/Stream: Shell Rock River

Location: Waverly, Butler County
        Latitude: 42.726513
        Longitude: -92.470838
        Click here to view an aerial map of the dam.

Built: 1872, reconstructed 2011

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Owner: City of Waverly

Height: 11 feet

Length: 310 feet

Hazards: height, drowning

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Comments: obvious impoundment. $4.2 million project began in 2010 to replace the existing fixed low head dam with an inflatable rubber bladder dam. The new dam can be lowered during periods of flooding.

Fatalities 2

  • May 16, 1973, fireman James Longmuir, boat over dam during a rescue operation for another person who went over the dam in an innertube. (Click here to view a report and photos of the incident.)
  • August 9, 1910 - Max Eggleston, fell from narrow ledge into mill race