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JUNE, with a Full Calendar of WT Opportunities!

We hope you enjoy the June issue of the IWTA Newsletter, as well as our IWTA Website Events Calendar, filled to the gunwales with cleanups, races, floats, conferences, training, tours, and other useful, WT-related info. We also hope to see a good showing of WT supporters at the June 17 Iowa Trails Summit in Cedar Falls.

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MAY, With Iowa Water Trails Enjoying Great Weather

The new, green boat registration decals are now required–the old ones expired April 30. If you haven’t already “gone green” we encourage you to apply those new decals, good through April 30, 2019.

The IWTA Website Events Calendar now includes over 140 entries for 2016–on-water & off-water events, extended trips, activities, meetings, conferences, holidays, observances, full moon & meteor shower dates, holidays, & observances. We look forward to adding more.

Hazard and hypothermia awareness, proper training, a PFD, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are important for paddling at any time of the year. At this time of year we also need to be aware of turkey hunters. The Iowa DNR encourages outdoor users, including mushroom hunters, paddlers, anglers, hikers, and others heading into the woods during spring turkey season to “avoid wearing patriotic colors – red, white and blue – as these colors are shared by gobblers. Instead, wear blaze orange to be recognizable to hunters.”

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March is a Transition Month.

March is a “transition” month, as winter begins to yield to spring (unless Mother Nature has forgotten about spring?).

During spring transition we need to be especially aware to consider differences between the calendar and the actual paddling environment. Sunshine & warm air can distract our attention from still-cold water. Rain & wind can be more chilling than snow, quickly leading to hypothermia. Remaining ice will deteriorate, with varying thicknesses and soft spots.

So, please be careful out there!

It has been very enjoyable to visit with many of our readers at events such as the ICNC Paddle Day in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo in Indianola, IRR Legislative Reception in Des Moines, and REAP & Environmental Lobby Day at the Capitol. Your positive comments about IWTA and the IWTA Newsletter are much appreciated. We hope to visit with more of you at various events or on the Water Trails in the coming months.

BULLETIN: The venue has changed for the March 21 NE Iowa PaddleFest in Cedar Falls. Whether you are registered, or just plan to show up, be advised it will now be held at Clarion Inn Hotel, 5826 University Ave, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Show hours are still 10:00-4:00. 

EVENT ADD: Plans for the April 18 “Crossing the Delaware” paddle have been announced. Brother and sister team Sam Childs and Hannah Childs invite you to paddle all, or any part, of the 43 river miles of the Maquoketa River within Delaware County. Details in the IWTA Newsletter.

EVENT ADD: Iowa City will begin a series of 4 Waterway Cleanups on March 29. Additional dates and details in the IWTA Newsletter.

2014 August Event Updates & Reminders.

Iowa Water Trails events are particularly plentiful in the second half of August, so visit the “Events” page, choose one, two, or a few . . .and get out there!

The Iowa State Fair is winding up, but there is still time to visit the Iowa DNR River Programs booth and the UI Mobile Museum.

Choices on Aug 16 include an Archaeology & Cultural History program at Manchester, River of Dreams Poker Run at Cedar Falls-Waterloo, and the Annual Floatzilla Event in the Quad Cities.

Aug 17, enjoy the Skunk River Celebration in Ames.

Aug 18-22, join the Summer Mussel Blitz near Iowa City.

Aug 22-24, participate in the Annual Lower Wapsi River Cleanup.

Sorry, but Aug 23 Iowa River Fossils Paddle is already filled.

Aug 23, learn about Amazing Mollusks! (freshwater mussels) at Lake Red Rock.

Sorry to report that two events have been canceled: Aug 15 Aquatic Insect Program in Cherokee, and the Aug 23 River Critters Float in Sac County.

Enjoy!  Enjoy!



2014 July WT Event Cancels, Reschedules.

Rough weather, heavy rains, and high river levels are playing havoc with WT Event plans across the state.  Here’s the latest updates on July WT Events canceled and rescheduled:

July 11 “Wet & Wild: Critters on Iowa’s Rivers,” an indoor program at Bentonsport with presenter Jim Pease, has been canceled.  Efforts are underway to reschedule.

July 12 “Wildlife Paddle,” a float on the Lower Des Moines River with Jim Pease, has been canceled.  Efforts are underway to reschedule this event along with the indoor program above.

July 12 “Iowa River Fossil Paddle,” a float on the Iowa River with Louisa County Naturalists, has been canceled, but rescheduled for August 23.  All event times and details will remain the same.

Stay tuned for more updates.

2014 June 22 South Skunk River Celebration Cancelled.

South Skunk River Celebration Cancelled

June 19 – Due to unsafe river conditions, the Skunk River Celebration scheduled for Sunday, June 22, at River Valley Park has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled for a later date this summer. Story County Conservation was co-sponsoring the event.

The celebration was designed to introduce people to the river both by paddling a short stretch of it and by talking to local experts. The Story County segment of the river is under consideration to become a state designated water trail.

For more information about this program, contact the Story County Conservation Center by calling 515-232-2516 (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday) or emailing