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Low Head Dams

         Dam at Redfield, Iowa

Paddle Safe
Iowa DNR wants you to be safe on the water. A good start toward knowing what you need to know on the water in paddlecraft is the American Canoe Associations "SmartStart" brochure. To order paper copies for your group, please e-mail Any time you go out on the water, wear your PFD!


                   paddlers below the Mon Maq Dam

Dam locations
Be safe, and be prepared. Accidents, sometimes deadly, occur at low-head dams every year. Check this recently updated map of dams on major rivers in Iowa for the segment of river you plan to use.

See our DNR River Programs Drowning Machine brochure that explains why dams are deadly and tips that will help you avoid these hazards on Iowa's rivers.