Lawrence Low-Head Dam (Lawrence Energy Center) – River Mile 54

Lawrence Low-Head Dam at the Lawrence Energy Center

Approximately 8 miles downstream from the Lecompton/Rising Sun access ramp.

Douglas County

River Mile: 54

GPS: 39.012062, -95.268815

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This is a rock low-head dam used to divert water for the Lawrence Energy Center.  Note that this is considered a partial low-head dam because it doesn’t extend across the entire river. It is  located on river left extending halfway into the river.  The purpose is to push water to the Lawrence Energy Center water intake structure.  Stay on the river right to avoid the rock low-head dam.

This area can be hazardous in low water and paddlers should proceed with caution.  If you see rocks sticking up through the water, avoid them.  Do not paddle close to them as additional rocks are just below the water’s surface.  It would be very dangerous to entangle your boat or yourself in this structure.  Even if do not see any rocks or obstructions, stay on river right to avoid potential problems. 

Game Warden Covering Douglas County: 785-256-1204