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“Eagles & Ivories Ragtime Weekend” at Muscatine @ Various Locations in Muscatine
Jan 24 – Jan 27 all-day

Jan 24; Start of Muscatine Eagles and Ivories Ragtime Weekend | 9am to 3 pm
Eagle Watching is held on the riverfront. Various events & times thru Jan 27.
Part of a larger event that also includes a weekend full of concerts. See the schedule at

Feb 9; Des Moines Bald Eagle Watch | 10am to 3pm
What: Bald Eagle Day
When: 9th 10:00am -3:00 pm
Where: Fellowship Baptist Church 1503 SE 6th Street and on the SE 6th Street Bridge
Who: All ages welcome
Why: Observe wild bald eagles outside, activities and presentations inside
Fee: Free
For Additional information: Contact Joel at 515 248 6369

Feb 22-23; Effigy Mounds National Monument, Bald Eagle Appreciation Event
No more info. Contact Effigy Mounds National Monument: 563-873-3491 ext. 123

Feb 24; Saylorville Bald Eagle Watch | 12pm to 4pm
Eagle viewing on the lake with spotting scopes and interpreters. Cottonwood Rec Area and Bob Shetler Rec Area will be open for viewing. Eagle movie at the lake visitor center.
1-3 pm Jester Park will have live birds presentations on the hour.
Participants can pick up a passport at either location, complete, and enter into a drawing.
Stop by the Saylorville Visitor’s Center to learn about the bald eagle, then venture outside to view them in their natural habitat. Jester Park Lodge will host a live eagle used for education. Hourly programs start at 1 pm. FREE. No registration required.

Mar 2; O’Brien County Bald Eagle Watch | 9am to 4 pm
At the Prairie Heritage Center, 4931 Yellow Ave. , Peterson, IA 51047
For more information Contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 or visit the website at

CrawDaddy “Paddle Fest,” “W” Facility on Wartburg Campus, Waverly (New!) @ Waverly/Wartburg "W"
Jan 26 all-day

Mark your calendar for January 26, 2019! CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly, Iowa is hosting Paddle Fest at the “W” in Waverly, Iowa – a one-day event dedicated to education, stories, vendor booths, and breakout sessions for paddlers and river activists. Plan to spend a day in Waverly sharing stories and organizing your next paddling adventure.

“PADDLE FEST” in Waverly, co-sponsored by CrawDaddy Outdoors
FEE: $15 Adults, $10 College Students & Youth under 18 years
LOCATION: Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Blvd, Waverly, Iowa 50677
8:30 AM | Check in
9:00 AM | Welcome to Paddle Fest
9:10 AM | Keynote Speaker
10:00 – 10:15 AM |  Break – Please visit our vendors
10:15 – 11:00 AM Breakout Sessions #1 / Pool Demonstrations
11:00 – 11:15  AM | Break – Please visit our vendors
11:15 – 12:00 PM |  Breakout Sessions #2
12:00 to 1:00 PM | Box Lunches
1:00 – 1:45 PM | Breakout Sessions #3
2:00 – 2:30 PM | Community Share: Upcoming trips, events and news
2:45 – 4:00 PM | Reception at CrawDaddy Outdoors’ Store
Find more info and purchase tickets at 


Please give us a shout if you have questions or want to discuss your ideas. Vern Fish can be reached at Darrin Siefken can be reached at


Kayak Pool Session Cedar Rapids @ Bender Pool
Jan 27 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Sunday Kayak Pool Sessions in Cedar Rapids. Learn or practice paddling & rescue skills under the controlled environment of a warm, clear pool. Drop-in sessions sponsored by Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation and Linn County Conservation at Bender Pool, 940 14th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids. Fee $10 per person per time, min age 10 years, swimwear and PFD required, helmet required for rolling, youth must be supervised by adult. For info about Bender Pool, call 319-286-5790. For further questions on the pool sessions, call Wickiup Hill at (319) 892-6485. Additional Sunday sessions Jan13 & 27, Feb 10 & 24, plus “Intro to Kayaking” clinic Mar 24.

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Feb 2 all-day
Rudd Ice Fishing Frenzy
Feb 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

No reservations required!


Kid’s Ice Fishing Clinic @ Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County @ Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County
Feb 2 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Fish Poles provided. No Reservations required!


Trout Stocking and Family Fishing @ Spencer @ Scharnberg Pond, Spencer
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm
Kayak Pool Session Iowa City @ North Dodge Athletic Club
Feb 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Kayak Pool Sessions in Iowa City. Practice or learn paddling skills in a controlled environment. North Dodge Athletic Club, 2400 North Dodge Street. Drop-in sessions, 4:30-6:30 pm on specific Saturdays. Fee $10 per person per time, minimum age 10 years, everyone must be in swimwear & a lifejacket, helmet required for those practicing rolls, youth must be supervised by an adult. Call Jon Pruessner at 319-210-6061. Additional Saturday sessions Feb 2 & 16, Mar 2 & 16.

CSO “Paddlesport Expo,” in Indianola @ Canoesport Outfitters
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Annual Canoesport Outfitters “Paddlesport Expo” in Indianola is set for Feb 8-10, 2019.

Plan to attend this premier Iowa annual event, which serves as a “winter reunion” for Iowa paddlers. Check out the full 3 day schedule of presentations, presentation descriptions, and presenter biographies, along with new product lines, new paddling gear, factory reps, special deals, and more at

There is even info about restaurants, lodging, and maps.

For further questions, contact Jeff & Casey Holmes, or Shireen Cave at


Nick’s Pre-Expo Breakfast Rendezvous, Indianola @ Crouse Cafe
Feb 9 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am

Feb 9; Nick’s Pre-Expo Breakfast Rendezvous, 7:30 am at Crouse Cafe 115 E. Salem in Indianola (3 blocks E of CSO). Annual gathering of old & new paddling friends enroute to Iowa Paddlesport Expo. Contact Nick Gaeta

Link to Crouse Cafe facebook page: