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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


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
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


Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy Capitol Day @ Iowa Capitol Building
Feb 11 all-day

Feb 11; Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy Capitol Day. “Fund the Trust!”  IWLL supporters will host “Fund the Trust Day” at the Iowa Capitol building, 1007 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines. For more info, or to RSVP, visit here:

What is the Trust fund? In 2010, 63% of Iowans voted for a Constitutional amendment to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a permanent and protected funding source dedicated to clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitats. Years later, the Trust Fund sits empty because it requires a sales tax increase of 3/8 of a cent for funding. Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy supports raising the sales tax to fund the Trust Fund and maintaining the formula supported by 63% of Iowa voters. In a November 2017 poll, 69% of Iowans support increasing the sales tax by 3/8 of a cent to fund the Trust Fund.
Learn more about the poll:


HFFA Annual Mtg & Fly Fishing Show @ Little Amana Ramada Hotel, Exit 225 Interstate 80
Feb 15 – Feb 17 all-day

February 15-17, 2019 – HFFA Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show – Little Amana on Interstate 80


The 2019 Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association Annual Meeting and Fly Fishing Show will be held on the weekend of February 15-17. Featured presenters include Blane Chocklett (Guide and originator of the Gamechanger), George Daniel (Guide and author of the books Dynamic Nymphing and Strip Set), Gunnar Brammer (Master Fly Tyer and owner of Brammer’s Custom Flies), Tim Landwehr (Guide and co-author of Smallmouth, Modern Fly Fishing Methods), Iowa DNR staff, and Steve Sobieniak (owner of Root River Rod Co). Saturday evening’s banquet program will feature Carl Haensel and Jade Thomason: Fly Fishing the North Country – Exploring Northern MN & WI.

The show hotel is the Little Amana Ramada Hotel, 2211 U Avenue Williamsburg, Iowa 52361. This is located at exit 225 (Amana Colonies exit) along interstate 80 about 20 miles west of Iowa City.

Enjoy great programs, bucket raffles, silent auction, call auction, door prizes for everyone and so much more. You can REGISTER ONLINE NOW THRU FEB. 10 . New HFFA members may waive one day of show registration.

ICNC “Paddle Day,” Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids @ Indian Creek Nature Center, New "Amazing Space" Building
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join your paddler friends at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids for the 12th anniversary of Paddle Day! Whether you’re new to paddling or an experienced veteran, you will learn something new and be inspired to get out on the water. Connect with a paddling buddy, share experiences, learn about new gear or discover a new place to paddle. Look forward to a variety of breakout sessions, vendor tables, a raffle and door prizes, meeting other local paddlers, and high quality refreshments.

2019 Paddle Day Schedule
8:30 AM – Check in and social time. Purchase tickets to win great raffle prizes!
9 AM – Welcome to Paddle Day! (Auditorium)
9:10 AM – Keynote Speaker (Auditorium): Dr. James Pease — Reflections on Iowa Rivers and Their Futures
10 – 10:15 AM – BREAK – please visit our vendors in the Exhibit Hall and get your raffle tickets!
10:15 – 11 AM– Breakout Sessions
11 – 11:15 AM – BREAK – please visit our vendors in the Exhibit Hall and get your raffle tickets!
11:15 AM – 12 PM – Breakout Sessions
12:10 – 12:50 PM – Community Share: Upcoming trips, events and paddling news (Auditorium) All are welcome to share; an electronic calendar will be provided after Paddle Day.
1 PM – Final comments, raffle drawing and departure (Auditorium)

Wildlife Biologist Dr. Jim Pease has been confirmed as the Keynote Speaker at the Feb 23

Indian Creek Nature Center “Paddle Day” in Cedar Rapids. A Professor Emeritus in Natural Resource Ecology & Management at Iowa State University, Jim has 4 decades of active speaking, writing, consulting, leading international trips, & volunteering with Iowa 4-H et al.  Jim is heard on the monthly “Wildlife Program” edition of the Iowa Public Radio program “Talk of Iowa” with host Charity Nebbe.

Breakout Session Speakers include outdoor photographer Kip Ladage, adventure paddler Vern Fish, local sportsman Ryan Sundermann, and Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator Todd Robertson.

Contact Sarah Botkin (


“Going Against the Flow: Building Resilient Communities in the Raccoon Watershed,” latest in the Life In the Raccoon River Conference series @ Hotel Pattee
Mar 1 – Mar 2 all-day

Life in the Raccoon River
“Going Against the Flow: Building Resilient Communities in the Raccoon Watershed”
Sponsored by: Raccoon River Watershed Association with support from the Des Moines Waterworks
Hotel Pattee, Perry Iowa

Friday March 1
Local Foods Dinner, Guest Speaker: Art Cullen, 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner
RSVP for the Friday Night Dinner by emailing Mike Murphy at:
($50. Proceeds will support research in the watershed. Send checks to Mike Murphy, 6507 Del Matro, Windsor Heights, IA 50324)
For more information find us at:

Saturday March 2 (Free and open to the public)
8:30 – Registration
9:00 – Welcome
9:15 – Dean and Nancy Rogers, John 15 Vineyard; Graddy’s Tomatoes; Jeff Hafner, Early Morning Harvest
10:00 – Local Food Production Panel
10:30 – Break and time to visit exhibits
11:00 – Luke Gran, Prudenterra; Bill Frederick and James Holz, Iowa Cover Crops; Jean Eells, WFAN – Women, Food and Ag. Network
11:45 – Community Resilience–Panel Discussion
12:15 – Lunch

The RRWA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Raccoon River and watershed.
For more information find us at:

“Canoecopia” by Rutabaga Paddlesports, Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center
Mar 8 – Mar 10 all-day

Canoecopia in Madison will be Mar 8-10, 2019.  Visit

Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world. More than 250,000 square feet of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing, all at the best prices of the season, make Canoecopia a “must go” place for gear! Over 180 seminars and clinics make Canoecopia an educational event where you can learn about the perfect gear for your style of paddling, develop skills to get you where you want to go, and discover some of the many places to paddle, both near and far.


“Used Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sale,” Camanche @ Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mar 16; “Used Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sale,” 9:00 am till Noon, Rock Creek Marina & Campground, Camanche. It will soon be spring cleaning time, and we all have a lot of stuff we don’t use anymore. Bring it down to the Eco Center where it can be set up on the floor or laid out on a table and marked so cheap that it will not go home (with us). For $5 we will reserve an 8 foot table or a 10 X 20 foot area of floor space for anything you can get through the door. Or for the same fee, park it outside in a designated area close to the building. Reserve your space by Mar 9 at

Then stick around for the Riverside Jam at 2:00 pm. This “coffee house-style” music event offers local talents and center guests an opportunity to gather together for a variety of  music in a casual setting. Step up and lead or just play/sing along. Sit and listen or get up and dance. There is enjoyment for all and all are welcome. Come and go at will but the music may linger until 4:00 pm. Refreshments are available and the entire family is welcome. This is a free event although donations to support the center are always welcomed. For more information, contact Chuck at   or call 563-357-0759.