River Hazards are dams, weirs and other potentially serious dangers for which paddlers must take special precautions. Review the downloadable maps for the precise locations of hazards of the hazards listed here. In some cases, you will need to portage, or remove your craft from the river and re-enter in another location.
Topeka Water Department dam: Remove your watercraft on the left bank. There is a portage trail between access ramps.
Dropped railroad bridges: Avoid this hazard by passing under the existing bridges on the right bank of the river.
Tecumseh Power Plant (in low water): Portage on the left bank or in the middle of the river near a gravel bar. In high water, float over the dam with caution.
Bowersock dam: Take out of the river at Riverfront Park one mile upstream from the dam. Portage to the Eighth Street access ramp two miles to the southeast.
WaterOne dam: Portage on the left bank and use the portage path to re-enter.
Check Water Levels page:
Before you float, be sure to check the latest information on:
- Water Levels (U.S. Geological Survey realtime streamflow)
- Reservoir Releases (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers three-day release forecast)