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IOWA WATER & WEATHER INFO
Real Time Levels and Flow Rates for Iowa Rivers, USGS. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/current/?type=flow&group_key=basin_cd
Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) http://ifis.iowafloodcenter.org/ifis/
Weather Underground https://www.wunderground.com/
Wind Forecast & Conditions http://www.intellicast.com/National/Wind/WINDcast.aspx?region=dsm
IOWA PADDLING GUIDES & MAPS
Iowa DNR Water Trail Maps and Brochures. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/Paddler-Resources/Water-Trail-Maps-Brochures
Iowa DNR, River Programs, Iowa Water Trails, Paddler Resources. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/Paddler-Resources
Book “Paddling Iowa,” by Nate Hoogeveen, Otter Run Media, 184 pages, 3rd Edition 2012
Iowa DNR List of Outfitters, Liveries. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/Paddler-Resources/Outfitters
IOWA PADDLER INFO EXCHANGE
Iowa Water Trails Association (new 2012).
IWTA facilitates exchange of info for developers, supporters, and users of Iowa water trails. Subscribe to free, monthly email IWTA Newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/IWTASubscribe , contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit website at http://iowawatertrails.org/.
Iowa Paddling Forum (new 2013).
Online info, events, exchange of Q&A for paddlers of all interests and skill levels. Excellent source of whitewater info, free.
Paddling.Com (formerly paddling.net).
National paddlers website; trip reports, boat data, test reports, classified ads, and advice about paddling and paddling activities from around the country, free.
IOWA PADDLER GROUPS & CLUBS
Back Water Paddlers; informal paddling group in Eastern Iowa. Schedules area day trips most weekends. Publicizes & records the joy of kayaking. invites others to join adventures via facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Backwaterpaddlers12/
Cedar Valley Paddlers; club based in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Annual events calendar, membership dues. http://cedarvalleypaddlers.webs.com/
Central Iowa Paddlers; club based in Central Iowa, members statewide. Annual events calendar, membership dues.
Iowa Whitewater Coalition; group based in Central Iowa, membership dues.
Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club; based in Quad Cities, membership dues.
Skunk River Paddlers; club based in Ames.
Sticks In the Water; email exchange paddlers group in Eastern Iowa, email address
FULL-SERVICE PADDLE SHOPS, RENTALS, LESSONS, TRIPS
“CanoeSport Outfitters” in Indianola, est. 1992, hosts the annual February Iowa Paddlesports Expo, stocks boats and gear for paddling, offers training & test paddles on nearby Lake Ahquabi. Trips, classes, demos, & products. http://www.canoesportoutfitters.com/index.php
“CrawDaddy Outdoors” in Waverly, est. 2005, supports the “ICNC Paddle Day “and new Waverly “Paddle Fest,” stocks boats and gear for paddling, kayak fishing, camping & outdoor activities. Events, classes, trips, demos, & products. http://crawdaddyoutdoors.com/
“River Basin Canoe & Kayak” in Burlington, est. 1994, stocks a large selection of canoes, kayaks, and SUP for sea kayaking, floating, and fishing. Classes, demos, outfitted river trips, and livery services on 3 rivers and 3 lakes. http://www.canoeskayaks.com”
“Seatasea Watersports” in Cedar Rapids closed its business in December 2015.
“Up A Creek” Paddle Shop in Central City, est. 2017, offers kayaks/canoes and all related accessories, such as lifejackets, paddles, car carriers, dry bags, etc. Main street shop is near the Wapsipinicon River, not far from Pinicon Ridge Park. https://www.facebook.com/ccupacreek/
PARKS, CAMPING, NATURE CENTERS, TOURISM GUIDE
Iowa State Parks. Locations, facilities, contact info, camping reservations:
County Conservation Boards & Parks. Websites, newsletters, event calendars, parks, nature centers, facilities, camping, lakes, water trails. Centralized access for all 99 Iowa counties:
Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) in Cedar Rapids. Year-round nature education center, sponsor of annual ICNC Paddle Day each January:
Travel Iowa Website Official tourism site for state of Iowa. Tour guides, events calendar, food, lodging, festivals and celebrations, trip ideas. http://www.traveliowa.com/