Annual Events

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Jan; Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day, Cedar Rapids. Presentations, exhibits, and socializing.
Feb; Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo at CanoeSport Outfitters, Indianola. Exhibits, presentations, factory reps, show specials.
Mar; Canoecopia at Rutabaga in Madison, WI. World’s largest paddling sports show; includes exhibitors from Iowa.               May; South Dakota Kayak Challenge, 72 miles on Missouri River. Marathon-endurance paddling race thru 72 miles of wind and waves on the Missouri River between Yankton, S.D. and South Sioux City, Neb.                                                          May – Jun; Charles City Challenge: WhiteWater Weekend. Kayak & SUP competition, riverfront activities.
Jun; Forest City Adventure Race, Forest City on Winnebago River WT. Paddling, cycling, running race with individual & group classes.
Jun; Iowa Trails Summit, Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Presentations, demos, exhibits re all types of trails—water, hiking, biking, equestrian, offroad, snowmobile.
Jun; Great Iowa River Canoe & Kayak Race, Sturgis Ferry Park to Hills Access on Iowa River WT. Course 9.25 miles, divisions for Canoe, Kayak, Racing, Recreational, Youth, Paddleboard, & Company Challenge. Iowa Valley RC&D, , click on “Projects.”
Jul; Iowa DNR Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition). A 5-7 day paddling, camping, cleanup, and educational adventure along an Iowa river.
Jul; Great River Rumble. Annual Midwest weeklong paddle, shuttles, campsites, meals, gear transport, typically 110 miles with connection to Mississippi River.
Aug; Annual Floatzilla in Quad Cities. Floats, training sessions, food, live music, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes.