While there is seemingly not much to see here, the dam is a hazard to canoeists and kayakers.
A view from the opposite direction.
A bit closer. I nearly fell into the river when I took this picture.
The dams were built to prevent flooding and for sanitation purposes. Now they are just endangerments for kayakers and canoeists that also degrade the health of the river.
Then there are natural dams. I don't know where the beavers dragged these trees to, but it's darn ironic that beavers were at work adjacent to a man-made dam.
Swimming is not recommended in the Des Plaines, but it can be fatal next to a low-head dam. Bathers can be be captured in a hydraulic boil, which is why top-head dams are dubbed "drowning machines."
- (Photo) Dam Number 2 Woods and the Des Plaines River in Winter
- (Photos) Dam on the North Branch of the Chicago River in Niles
- (Photos) Soon-to-be-removed Touhy Dam in Park Ridge
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