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Edgewater Beach River Access
Vital Stats:
  • One acre
  • Accessible only by foot
  • Things to do: Fishing


Edgewater Beach, also known as the “Wing Dam” consists of about an acre of ground between the Mississippi River and the levee, 4 miles northeast of Burlington. This site is bordered on each side by private cottages. DMCC entered into a 25-year management agreement with the Iowa Conservation Commission (now the DNR) in July, 1964 and has managed it ever since.

The land itself provides access to a wing dam extending across the river to Otter Island. The wing dam is the most significant feature of the existing area and is used mostly by fishermen.

An approximate 30-foot gap in the wing dam, approximately 150 yards from shore, prevents continuous access to the entire dam. This also prevents access to Otter Island, which is owned by the City of Burlington.

Edgewater Beach River Access is DMCC’s only undeveloped river access. It offers shore fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. It has no boat ramp or parking lot and is only accessible by crossing the levee on foot. It can be found roughly a half mile south of Tama Beach River Access.

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Des Moines County Conservation

13700 Washington Rd.
West Burlington, IA 52655

Ph: (319) 753-8260