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Boaters warned to avoid the hydroelectric dam on the Des Moines River

  • 3/26/2019 1:06:00 PM
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Fort Dodge - The Fort Dodge Hydroelectric Dam, formerly a 16-feet high dam, has been partially removed to about five feet high.

All boaters should avoid the stretch between the Hydroelectric Park Access and mouth of Lizard Creek until the rest of the dam is removed this summer.

The dam’s removal is staged into two steps to prevent all the sediment in the impoundment from being released at the same time. Recirculating currents will continue to be a safety hazard around the remaining portion of the dam until the dam is completely removed.

Check out a time lapse video of the first stage of the dam’s removal at