Events

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Feb
9
Sat
Iowa Whitewater Coalition (IWC) Annual Meeting, Indianola @ American Legion Hall
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Feb 9; Iowa Whitewater Coalition (IWC) Annual Meeting at CSO Paddlesport Expo in Indianola, 5:00—6:00 pm. Agenda TBD???. Open to visitors, but only IWC dues-paying members may vote.   http://iowawhitewater.org/

Feb
23
Sat
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. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-pease-96b1663b/

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 (sbotkin@indiancreeknaturecenter.org)    https://indiancreeknaturecenter.org/

 

May
18
Sat
Lizard Creek Whitewater Paddling with Vern @ Phinney Park Canoe Access
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please confirm by emailing vernfish@aol.com by May 6, 2019.

A waiver will need to be filled out

Location: Plan to be at Phinney Park canoe access in Fort Dodge, Iowa by noon on Saturday, May 18. Phinney Park is located between Hwy 169 and the Des Moines River. I have attached map of Lizard Creek which shows where Phinney Park is located.

Paddle: We will eat lunch and then drive to the put in point. Bring your own lunch. For more
details on Lizard Creek check out page 94 of the most recent version of Paddling Iowa
by Nate Hoogeveen.
We will put in at either Hwy P29 (Lentsch Access) which will require 13.6 miles of
paddling or P41 (Rasch Access) which will shorten the trip to less than six miles. The
upper stretches of this paddle include several very nice riffles and small drops. The last
couple of miles include the Gypsum Miles Rapids (Class I-II), a boulder field and another
Class I drop through a breached low head dam before arriving at Phinney Park.

Dinner: There is local bar near Phinney Park where we can eat supper before heading home.
Canoes/Kayak: You must bring your own boat. Your boat will hit rocks which may cause dents or holes.

If you have a spray skirt for your canoe, you should bring it.

 

 

Jun
22
Sat
Charles City Challenge: Whitewater Weekend; Kayak and SUP Competition
Jun 22 all-day
Jul
24
Wed
Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Dubuque Conservation @ Swiss Valley Nature Center
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Two dates: Wed. July 24 and Wed. August 7 ($50 fee includes both Clinics) 

Where: Meet at Swiss Valley Nature Center then drive to Manchester, IA

What: This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce you to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking!

We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water.

Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our whitewater kayaking leaders will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce participants to wet exits, where they will practice being upside down in the river and safely exiting their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa river whitewater park and proceed navigating through the whitewater features with the guidance of experienced whitewater kayaking leaders.

Only requirements are a positive attitude and the ability to swim. (you will be swimming in the Maquoketa River)

Our experienced whitewater kayaking leaders are Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert. Together they have over 30 years combined whitewater paddling experience. Hannah and Marty paddle as much as they can, year round! Yes, that means in winter too.

Marty is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa paddling local streams and rivers throughout childhood until he discovered whitewater kayaking later in life. Now, Marty only thinks about whitewater kayaking twice a day, when awake and when asleep!

Hannah is a native of Manchester, Iowa. She first started recreational kayaking with her brother on the Maquoketa River. Then she discovered whitewater kayaking and river surfing here in Iowa and has been enthralled with whitewater paddling ever since. Hannah is a Team Athlete at Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Badfish SUP, NoCoast SUP, Colorado River Surf Co, Shred Ready Helmets, and CKS Squad. She is an Ambassador at Astral and Crawdaddy Outdoors, a RAW Hero at RAW Adrenaline, and a Community Leader at Land Locked Surfing.

    Equipment List

  • Lots of healthy, high-energy snacks, & water
  • Quick-drying clothes like under armor/swim suit/board shorts
  • Water shoes, NO flip flops or strappy shoes/sandals
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Optional/personal preference: Nose clips (like for swimming)

Gear required for this trip is provided. A whitewater kayak, whitewater kayaking helmet, PFD (at least a type III, paddling specific), whitewater kayaking paddle, and whitewater kayaking spray deck.

Aug
7
Wed
Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Dubuque Conservation @ Swiss Valley Nature Center
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Two dates: Wed. July 24 and Wed. August 7 ($50 fee includes both Clinics) 

Where: Meet at Swiss Valley Nature Center then drive to Manchester, IA

What: This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce you to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking!

We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water.

Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our whitewater kayaking leaders will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce participants to wet exits, where they will practice being upside down in the river and safely exiting their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa river whitewater park and proceed navigating through the whitewater features with the guidance of experienced whitewater kayaking leaders.

Only requirements are a positive attitude and the ability to swim. (you will be swimming in the Maquoketa River)

Our experienced whitewater kayaking leaders are Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert. Together they have over 30 years combined whitewater paddling experience. Hannah and Marty paddle as much as they can, year round! Yes, that means in winter too.

Marty is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa paddling local streams and rivers throughout childhood until he discovered whitewater kayaking later in life. Now, Marty only thinks about whitewater kayaking twice a day, when awake and when asleep!

Hannah is a native of Manchester, Iowa. She first started recreational kayaking with her brother on the Maquoketa River. Then she discovered whitewater kayaking and river surfing here in Iowa and has been enthralled with whitewater paddling ever since. Hannah is a Team Athlete at Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Badfish SUP, NoCoast SUP, Colorado River Surf Co, Shred Ready Helmets, and CKS Squad. She is an Ambassador at Astral and Crawdaddy Outdoors, a RAW Hero at RAW Adrenaline, and a Community Leader at Land Locked Surfing.

    Equipment List

  • Lots of healthy, high-energy snacks, & water
  • Quick-drying clothes like under armor/swim suit/board shorts
  • Water shoes, NO flip flops or strappy shoes/sandals
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Optional/personal preference: Nose clips (like for swimming)

Gear required for this trip is provided. A whitewater kayak, whitewater kayaking helmet, PFD (at least a type III, paddling specific), whitewater kayaking paddle, and whitewater kayaking spray deck.

Aug
9
Fri
Archaeology Paddling Trip, Maquoketa River Water Trail, Jackson County
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Registration required

Paddle Maquoketa River: Canton Access to Royertown Canoe Access

Enjoy a day paddling the Maquoketa River while learning about the area’s archaeology!

Guides include County Naturalists and Brennan Dolan, Archaeologist with the Iowa DOT.

Canoes and kayaks available or bring your own. RSVP required. No cost.

This event is part of the Dubuque, Jackson &Jones County OWL series. OWL events are geared for ‘older, wiser, livelier’ adults wanting to learn more about our environment.​

 

Oct
19
Sat
Annual Jones County Fall Colors and Archaeology Paddle @ Wapsipinicon River, Olin access
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Reserve a spot by calling  319-481-7987 oe emailing naturalist@co.jones.ia.us by  Friday, Oct 18 by 4:00.

Bring your own watercraft. Experienced paddlers only

 Organized by Jones County Conservation