The turbulent flow characteristics in the vicinity of mid-channel bar are studied in this paper. The velocity is measured with the help of the acoustic Doppler velocimetry (ADV). Fractal modelling is done for analysing the fractal nature of bursting events. The conditional Reynolds stress structure was analysed by using the quadrant technique. Decomposition of Reynolds stress help in studying the distribution of stress among the four quadrants. The hole-size concept is utilized for segregating the extreme bursting events from the low intensity events. Variation of quadrants stresses with the hole-size is analysed. The result of hole-size study indicates that the extreme turbulent burst is produced by the mid channel bar. The new parameter inclination ratio is evolved in this research to reflect streambed elevation changes. The results indicate that the high-level turbulence is generated at region near upstream end of mid-channel bar. The presence of mid-channel bar causes the critical changes to the turbulent structure of flow, where high Reynolds stresses are generated at region near upstream region of mid-channel bar. Third order moments are computed for vertical lines in the proximity of mid-channel bar. High value of third order moments for bar condition indicate that the intense turbulent mixing and momentum exchange take place. © 2019, Korean Society of Civil Engineers.