Topeka Coffer Dam
River Mile: 87.6
GPS: N39.07396 W95.71606
Stay River LeftDirections:
From I-70 take U.S. 75 north. Get off U.S. 75 at first exit north of the Kaw River. Go east 3 blocks to the first industrial park complex and take first right turn. Drive to the southeast corner of the industrial park (look for the cell tower.) Take the road that goes south over the levee to the large parking lot and access area.
The dam is about 2/3 mile downstream from the U.S. 75 Bridge and MUST BE PORTAGED ON RIVER LEFT, THE NORTH BANK. Always avoid the water notch on near the right (south) bank. Always scout the dam before you float this section of the Kaw. Observe extra caution during both low and high water and NEVER APPROACH THE DAM WITHOUT SCOUTING. There are two wide concrete access ramps on the river, one above the dam and one below the dam. There is also a concrete portage path between the ramps. WHEN THE RIVER IS LOW ACCESS TO THE UPPER RAMP BY RIVER COULD BE DANGEROUS FOR NOVICE BOATERS because you have to paddle fairly close to the low water notch before you can paddle across the river to the access ramp.
The next access is Seward Avenue Access 10.6 miles downstream at river mile 77. If you float to Seward Avenue be aware of two old railroad bridges that were dropped into the water years ago at river mile 85.3 and 84.5. Both bridges are near the newer existing railroad bridges. The old bridges are a hazard, especially at low water. Boaters should pass the bridges by staying close to the river right (south) bank. The first access upstream is at Kaw River State Park at river mile 90.