Des Moines River --  Love it, Explore it, Support it
 Because the Des Moines River doesn't begin at Hwy 20 and end at Hwy. 92
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Latitude is expressed as degrees, minutes, and seconds.  N43 23 52.0 (or N43.23.52.0) becomes N43 23 52.0.    

Longitude is expressed as degrees, minutes, and seconds.  W94.50.43.6 (or W94 50 43.6) becomes W94 50 43.6   
 

Access Points, Dams, Portages, Bridges

Access Name Near Waypoints/ Obstacles Road/Route Latitude Longitude

N26 Bridge ramp
Estherville River Mile 404 N. of N26, off 4th St., E bank N43 24 43.7
W94 50 23.3 

Mickelson Park Estherville   Off Hwy. 9, 1/4 mile south on W.S. 1st St. N43 23 52.0 W94 50 43.6
  Estherville
Hwy 4 Bridge 1 mile S of Estherville N43 23 14.7 W94 49 50.9
Barbed wire fence (also .5 mile upstream) Wallingford A33 Bridge Off Hwy 4, E 1/3 mile   N43 21 22.0 W94 47 33.0

Peterson ramp
Wallingford   Off Hwy 4, E on A34, NW bank N43 19 06.1 W94 46 44.0
 
Graettinger
Bridge Off Hwy 4, E on B14 N43 14 31.3 W94 44 19.0
Basswood ramp
Emmetsburg   Hwy. 18, S of bridge, E bank N43 07 36.7 W94 42 23.3
  Emmetsburg Hwy 4  Bridge 5 river miles south of Basswood   N43 03 58.4 W94 40 44.0

Mulroney ramp
Rodman   2 miles W. of Rodman,  N. off B55 (440th St.), S bank N43 01 02.8 W94 34 31.0
  Rodman B55 Bridge
2 miles E of Mulroney Access
N43 00 36.0 W94 32 07.6
  West Bend B 63 Bridge
1.5 miles N of River Runner N42 57 32.5 W94 31 22.0

River Runner ramp
West Bend   S on gravel road off B63, E to river, S of bridge, E bank N42 56 09.2 W94 31 15.6
Hamms access carry down Rolfe   N of Bradgate on P19, 1.75 miles W on 440th St. / County Rd. C18, S of bridge , E bank N42 50 54.2 W94 27 29.5

Willows ramp
Bradgate   C26, E of bridge, N bank N42 48 05.8 W94 25 40.3
Rutland dam ramp Rutland   Portage around N side of dam N42 45 21.3 W94 17 44.6

Rutland Utility Dam Off Hwy 3, N on P33 N42 45 18.2 W94 17 44.7

Oxbow Park ramp
Humboldt   N of Hwy 3, E bank of river N42 43 55.9 W94 15 25.5

Joe Sheldon ramp
Humboldt   Off Hwy 3 .4 miles, S off park road,  S bank N42 43 42.5 W94 15 01.1

Humboldt Dam ramp
Humboldt   1st. St., 800 ft. W off Hwy. 169, N bank N42 43 39.3 W94 13 44.7
    Humboldt dam .1 mile S

Gotch Park ramp
Humboldt   1 mile N of Hwy C49, Off Hwy. 169, 1 mile E, , N on Gotch Park Rd., N bank N42 40 33.5 W94 11 57.6
   




Ft. Dodge C 56 Bridge 1 mile E off Hwy. 169, 4.5 river miles south of Gotch Park N42 36 57.0 W94 12 48.3

Ft. Dodge D14 Bridge 5.6 river miles S of C56 Bridge    N42 32 37.0 W94 12 58.5


Hydro Dam ramp
Ft. Dodge River mile 314 Off 169, at Hwy 7, E on NW 3rd Ave., N at 2nd St. NW, W bank past Hydo Park N42 31 11.0 W94 11 58.1

Ft. Dodge Low head dam Off Bus. 20 N42 29 37.2 W94 11 16.2
Low head dam ramp Ft. Dodge 100 ft. S of train trestle S. at Dragoon Trail sign off Bus. 20, W bank   N42 29 27.3 W94 11 03.0
  Kalo
Kalo Bridge P59 5 miles S of Ft. Dodge, 1.2 miles S of Hwy 20 Bridge N42 25 54.6 W94 07 57.3
Dolliver State Park ramp Lehigh   E off Hwy 169 on Hwy. 50, North at Dolliver Rd., W bank N42 23 24.1 W94 04 44.2
 
Lehigh
Hwy  50 Bridge Off Hwy 169, E 2 miles past Dolliver Rd. N42 21 37.8 W94 03 03.0
Deception Hollow ramp Lehigh   Hwy. 50 to Sampson Rd. (P73), E on McGuire Rd., W bank N42 19 38.5 W94 01 14.1

Stratford Bridge D54 N42 17 51.8 W93 55 58.1
*Skillet Recreation ramp Stratford   Hwy. 175, just W of bridge, 1 mile N of bridge, W bank N42 15 41.9 W93 59 43.7
  Stratford
Hwy. 175 Bridge   N42 15 09.2 W93 59 46.2
Carlson Recreation carry down Dayton   Hwy. 175, W bank N42 13 53.7 W93 58 56.7
Norton Ford     From E18 bridge, W 1.5 miles to J Ave, N 1 mile to "T", E on 118th to Juniper Rd, S to undeveloped access. N42 11 04.0 W93 58 28.8
  Fraser
E18 Bridge   N42 10 04.8 W93 57 53.7
Upper Fraser ramp Fraser   Off E26 to Fraser, N on Juniper Rd, W bank N42 07 43.6 W93 58 54.3

Fraser Fraser Dam Off E26 N42 07 31.4 W93 58 37.8

*Lower Fraser ramp
Fraser   Off E26, W bank N42 07 19.0 W93 58 12.4
Boone Waterworks ramp Boone   North of E26, E bank N42 04 53.9 W93 56 17.3
*Boone Waterworks Boone lowhead dam, carrydown .2 miles S, E26 Bridge, E bank N42 04 37.4 W93 56 07.5
  Boone
Hwy 14 Bridge   N42 02 37.0 W93 55 54.7
Boone Hwy. 30 ramp Boone   Hwy. 30, W bank, N of bridge N42 02 13.1 W93 55 39.9

Carrydown
Moingona Ledges State Park, E bank N41 59 35.8 W93 53 32.1

*E57 ramp
Luther   E57, E bank, N of bridge N41 58 00.0 W93 53 46.3
Sportsman's Access ramp Luther   E57 2.4 miles W from Luther, 1 mile S on Peach St. at the Arboretum sign, at T intersection, turn W .5 miles on 280th, at Opal continue W for 1 mile, at 285th and Opal, turn S  at the "road closed" sign, .5 mile,  E bank N41 55 59.8 W93 53 11.4
*Laurie ramp
Madrid   Hwy. 210 W 2.6 miles, N of bridge, E bank N41 52 26.6 W93 51 52.0
 Woodward ramp
Woodward

Woodward sub-1 access is 2 miles east of Woodward off 130th Court
N41 50 57.2
W93 51 04.2

Jester Park ramp
Saylorville   Hwy. 415, into Jester Park, W bank N41 46 57.4 W93 46 04.0

Saylorville Dam
Polk City River Mile 213 Hwy 415 N41 42 12.6 W93 41 24.4
Cottonwood carry down Saylorville  use not advised Off 415, Cottonwood Recreation Area,    (For Google Maps, use N41 41 33.2 W93 40 48.1
N41.41.33.2 W93.40.48.1
*Sycamore ramp Des Moines  closed, dangerous currents Sycamore is off NW 66th St., on the east side of the river north of the bridge.  NW 66th intersects NW Beaver Rd. and 12th St.  (danger, bridge under construction) N41 40 51.3 W93 40 06.6
  Des Moines Bridge I-80
N41 39 02.7 W93 40 00.4

*Prospect Park ramp
Des Moines   Prospect Park is off Hickman Rd. in Des Moines, just east of ML King Parkway.  N41 37 05.7 W93 38 12.2

*Birdland Marina ramp
Des Moines   Birdland Marina is off University Ave. on the east side of the river, then north on Pennsylvania about 1 mile.  N41 36 36.2 W93 36 41.5
  Des Moines Center St. Dam
*Harriet St. ramp Des Moines   SE 14th St. boat ramp (also called Harriet St.) is off  SE 14th St. south of East Grand Ave.  N41 34 32.5 W93 35 35.9
 Hwy.65 ramp
Pleasant Hill

Off new Hwy. 65, east on Vandalia Rd. for 200 ft. N41 33 56.2 W93 30 36.2

*Yellow Banks ramp
Carlisle   off Vandalia Road about 3 miles east of new Hwy. 65. , into Yellow Banks Park, E bank N41 32 42.8 W93 28 30.3

Hartford ramp
Hartford   gone


*Runnels Bridge ramp
Runnels   Take the 3rd gravel road to the left past Hartford, which is Delaware, and which is marked with a Webb's Camping sign.  After .6 miles, the gravel road becomes 228th.   Go 1.4 miles, past the KIOA transmitters, turn right on the gravel road at the campground sign onto Carpenter Pl., 1 mile to the river. N41 29 10.2 W93 21 32.4

*Bennington ramp
Runnells   North of Runnells on Hwy. 316, take F70 east (also called SE 64th), then go south 2.5 miles on 117th.  Follow the boat ramp signs.  N41 29 12.3 W93 16 25.9

*Boxcars ramp
Red Rock   The Boxcar  ramp can be reached off Hwy. 14 on Carpenter Ave. south of Monroe.  West on Carpenter 8 miles, South on 68th  N41 27 58.0 W93 12 39.4

*Elk Rock ramp
Elk Rock Park Mile Long Bridge Elk Rock boat ramp is just south of the intersection between G40 and Hwy. 14.  N41 24 09.5 W93 06 08.3
South Access ramp Red Rock dam   T15, W bank N41 21 54.8 W92 59 37.2

Howell Station ramp
Red Rock River Mile141 T15, E bank N41 21 47.2 W92 58 20.0
  Red Rock   Hwy. 92 bridge
N41 18 31.8 W92 52 31.5

*Eveland ramp
Bussey   Off Hwy. 63, S of Oskaloosa, G71 W , T39 N about 3 miles, S bank, E of bridge N41 14 09.7 W92 44 09.3
  Eveland   G71 bridge
N41 12 19.6 W92 40 41.8

Hard Fish ramp
Eddyville   Off Hwy. 63, W 1.3 miles on Hwy. 137, N on Heartland Dr., W bank N41 09 25.3 W92 39 09.5

Carry down access
Chillicothe Bridge Hwy 63 N41 05 13.6 W92 31 35.6

Black Hawk ramp
Ottumwa   W of the Hwy 63/Hwy 34 intersection, off Hwy 34, N 1 mile on N. Quincy, E on Black Hawk Rd. N41 01 25.1 W92 26 07.8
  Ottumwa Hydro dam .2 miles N of Coliseum, portage S

Coliseum ramp
Ottumwa River Mile 94 Hwy. 34, S on Church St., S bank through Coliseum parking lot N41 00 42.9 W92 24 45.3

Cliffland ramp
Ottumwa   Cliffland Access, 1.5 miles S of  Hwy 63/Hwy 34 intersection, turn E on River Road J12 for 4.5 miles, left on Cliffland Rd., N across the river, E bank.  
N40 57 30.7 W92 20 34.8

Eldon ramp
Eldon   Hwy 16 through Eldon,  W on 1st St., S .3 miles on Water St. E bank N40 54 35.8 W92 13 03.1
Shidepoke ramp
Selma   Hwy. 16, W on Bridge St., across bridge, N on Eagle Dr., W bank, N of bridge N40 52 14.8 W92 09 30.4
Douds access Douds   Access is just before the bridge on V64 (1 block to the south). N40 50 09.4 W92 05 19.6
Austin Park ramp
Pittsburg   Off Hwy. 1 in Keosauqua, J40 W, over Pittsburg bridge,  .2 miles N on Bridge St., 1.8 miles NE on Eagle Dr., W. bank N40 46 03.1 W91 58 06.1
 
Pittsburg
Bridge J40, W bank N40 44 53.5 W91 59 16.2
Keosauqua ramp
Keosauqua   Hwy. 1, E of bridge on Park St., N bank N40 43 49.6 W91 57 35.5
Bentonsport ramp Historic District   J40, S of bridge on Marion Dr., E bank N40 43 31.8 W91 51 22.0
Bonaparte ramp Historic District   S of J40  bridge, E bank N40 41 51.7 W91 48 21.8
 
Bonaparte
Rapids .1 mi S of ramp

Van Buren ramp
Farmington   From Bonaparte, W on Hwy. W40, cross the Young bridge, 3 miles S on Eagle Dr. W bank N40 40 16.8 W91 45 29.3

Farmington ramp
Farmington   Hwy. 2, S of bridge on S. Front St. , E bank N40 38 19.7 W91 44 37.7

Turkey Run ramp
Bryan Hill   Hwy 394 at Argyle, W 2 miles on 295th St., NW 3.7 miles on Belfast Rd., E bank  N40 33 00.1 W91 39 14.9
Ft. Pike ramp St. Francisville Mo. Hwy. 394, E of bridge, S bank  on the Missouri side N40 27 40.0 W91 34 00.5

Redwing ramp
Keokuk   Hwy 61, Hilton Rd. W .5 mile, Larson Ln S 1 mile,  Valley Rd. W .4 mile, N bank    N40 23 14.3 W91 26 53.1

     

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