Events

Jul
28
Sat
Great River Rumble (GRR) @ Keosauqua, IA to Hannibal, MO
Jul 28 – Aug 4 all-day

Jul 28-Aug 4; Great River Rumble (GRR). For 2018, paddle 102 miles from Keosauqua, IA on the lower Des Moines River, through 2 locks on the Mississippi to historic Hannibal, MO. Annual weeklong paddle with shuttles, campsites, meals, & gear transport. Info, itinerary, & registration at http://www.riverrumble.org/

Itinerary, The Great River Rumble 2018:

  • Saturday 7/28:  Bus from Hannibal, MO to Keosauqua, IA
  • Sunday 7/29:  Keosauqua, IA to Bonaparte, IA  12 mi
  • Monday 7/30:  Bonaparte, IA to Farmington, IA  7 mi
  • Tuesday 7/31:  Farmington, IA to St. Francisville, MO  20 mi
  • Wednesday 8/1:  St. Francisville, MO to Warsaw, IL  13 mi
  • Thursday 8/2:  Warsaw, IL to Canton, MO  17 mi
  • Friday 8/3:  Canton, MO to Quincy, IL  15 mi
  • Saturday 8/4:  Quincy, IL to Hannibal, MO  18 mi
  • Saturday night:  Farewell banquet in Hannibal, MO
Jul
31
Tue
Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan Public Meeting @ Island Park Beach House
Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Developers of a Water Trails Master Plan for Black Hawk County are seeking your participation during two public input meetings. The two meetings will be hosted at two different sites, but the same information will be presented at each:

Jul 31, 4:30-6:30 pm at Island Park Beach House in Cedar Falls

Aug 2, 4:30-6:30 pm at Waterloo Boat House in Waterloo  

The Master Plan involves long-term planning for 41 miles of the Cedar River and 14 miles of Black Hawk Creek.  The plan will also include guidance for improving the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, a seven to eight-mile loop through George Wyth State Park which includes several lakes and portages – a miniature Boundary Waters-like experience.  Opportunities for “pedal–paddle” excursions will also be identified to take advantage of the extensive paved trails network in Black Hawk County.

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) is leading the plan development as part of a contract with the Iowa DNR. The Master Plan target completion date is December 2018.

For more information, visit www.cedarvalleywatertrails.com

For questions, contact

Codie Leseman, Transportation Planner II

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG)

229 East Park Avenue, Waterloo, IA  50703

Phone: (319) 235-0311  www.inrcog.org

Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park @ Manchester Whitewater Park
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park, 6:00-8:00 pm. Join Hannah Ray J & friends to share some WW fun at the park. The focus will be on WW kayaking & SUP skills. Bring your own WW kayak/SUP/equipment & join in. PFDs & helmets are required. Spectators & questions are encouraged. Contact www.facebook.com/HannahRayJWhitewater or Instagram, @hannah_rayj. Additional dates Jul 17 & 31, Aug 14 & 28, Sep 11.

Aug
1
Wed
“SUP Basics,” Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Beginners Class @ Grays Lake
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Aug 1; Wednesday, “SUP Basics,” 5:30 pm-8:00 pm, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Beginners Class at Grays Lake, Des Moines. Des Moines Parks & Recreation and Iowa DNR are partnering to offer SUP skills courses at Grays Lake in Des Moines. DM Parks & Rec will supply the boards, Iowa DNR’s Todd Robertson will be instructing. For pricing and registration, contact Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator/Paddling Instructor, P 515-725-8257, C 515-979-9538, todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov

 Summer 2018; Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Classes at Grays Lake, Des Moines.
Des Moines Parks & Recreation and Iowa DNR are partnering to offer SUP skills courses at Grays Lake in Des Moines. DM Parks & Rec will supply the boards, Iowa DNR’s Todd Robertson will be instructing.
Jun 3; Sunday, “SUP Basics,” Noon-4:00 pm at Grays Lake in Des Moines. Beginners class. This class will be held during the Iowa DNR “FREE Fishing Weekend.”
Jun 9 & 10; Saturday & Sunday, “SUP Train the Trainer,” 10 am to 4 pm. Two day class for people who will be leading groups on both flat water and river, will include time on both Grays Lake and Raccoon River.
Jul 14; Saturday, “SUP Intro,” 8:00 am-Noon. Beginners class.
Aug 1; Wednesday, “SUP Basics,” 5:30 pm-800 pm. Beginners class.
For pricing and registration, contact Todd Robertson, Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator/Paddling Instructor, P 515-725-8257, C 515-979-9538, todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov

Aug
2
Thu
Riverfest in Ft. Madison includes Dragon Boat Racing & Canoe/Kayak Float
Aug 2 – Aug 5 all-day

Aug 2-5; Riverfest in Ft. Madison includes Dragon Boat Racing on Aug 4, Canoe/Kayak Float on Aug 5.   http://riverfestfm.com/

 

 

Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan Public Meeting @ Waterloo Boat House
Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Developers of a Water Trails Master Plan for Black Hawk County are seeking your participation during two public input meetings. The two meetings will be hosted at two different sites, but the same information will be presented at each:

Jul 31, 4:30-6:30 pm at Island Park Beach House in Cedar Falls

Aug 2, 4:30-6:30 pm at Waterloo Boat House in Waterloo  

The Master Plan involves long-term planning for 41 miles of the Cedar River and 14 miles of Black Hawk Creek.  The plan will also include guidance for improving the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, a seven to eight-mile loop through George Wyth State Park which includes several lakes and portages – a miniature Boundary Waters-like experience.  Opportunities for “pedal–paddle” excursions will also be identified to take advantage of the extensive paved trails network in Black Hawk County.

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) is leading the plan development as part of a contract with the Iowa DNR. The Master Plan target completion date is December 2018.

For more information, visit www.cedarvalleywatertrails.com

For questions, contact

Codie Leseman, Transportation Planner II

Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG)

229 East Park Avenue, Waterloo, IA  50703

Phone: (319) 235-0311  www.inrcog.org

Aug
4
Sat
US Coast Guard Birthday, 1790 r
Aug 4 all-day

Aug 4; US Coast Guard Birthday

Birthdays of All Military Branches:

National Guard: Dec 13, 1636
U.S. Army: Jun 14, 1775
U.S. Navy: Oct 13, 1775 (Abolished Feb 1781 – Reinstated Sep 7, 1781)
U.S. Marine Corps: Nov 10, 1775
U.S. Coast Guard: Aug 4, 1790
U.S. Air Force: Sep 18, 1947

Kayak Demo Day Saturdays, Various Sites Around E Iowa @ Lake Meyer
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

CrawDaddy Outdoors Demo Days are free and no pre-registration is required.

Everyone test drives their car before buying – kayak demo days provide an opportunity for you to test paddle your kayak before buying. There really is a difference between kayaks and finding the correct kayak for you will add to your enjoyment of the sport. Demo days are free and no pre-registration is required. Come test out our fleet of 16+ kayaks to find that one that is right for you. Let our knowledgeable staff teach you features and benefits of each kayak and help you choose the right pfd and paddle to enhance your kayaking experience.

Saturday, April 14 | Hannen Lake: Blairstown, Iowa
Saturday, May 12 | Otter Creek County Park: Tama County, Iowa
Saturday, June 9 | Split Rock County Park: Chickasaw County, Iowa
Saturday, July 7 or 14 | Kohlmann Park: Waverly, Iowa
Saturday, August 4 | Lake Meyer: Calmar, Iowa
Saturday, September 15 | Rodgers Park: Vinton, Iowa

Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. @ Motor Mill
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Free tours of historic 1860’s Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site, Noon-5:00 pm on scheduled weekends, group tours by appointment. Consider combining the tour with a paddle on the beautiful Turkey River Water Trail. Motor Mill Historic Site, Galaxy Road, Elkader; call: 563-245-1516 or visit: http://motormill.org/  Find Turkey River WT info at http://www.turkeyrivercorridor.com/trails/water-trails/  Additional free tour dates: Sep 1-2, 15-16, 29-30; Oct 13-14.

Aug
7
Tue
Deadline Free Listing in Iowa Travel Guide
Aug 7 all-day

If your WT group, association, event, etc. is not utilizing traveliowa.com, the Iowa Travel Guide, and other benefits available through the Iowa Tourism Office, now is a good time to start. The submissions deadline for the next annual Iowa Travel Guide is Aug 7. Those already utilizing this resource also need the reminder that any listings not updated within the past 18 months will not be included.

For info, ideas, event submissions, and a link to become an “Industry Partner,” visit  https://www.traveliowa.com/