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Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City @ Wapsipinicon River near Central City
Aug 19 – Aug 23 all-day

Aug 19-23; Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City. Volunteers are welcome to assist this annual project, with or without mussel experience. Contact Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Scott Gritters

Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly
Aug 24 all-day

Aug 24; Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly. Get your “wart on!” Paddle (4.6 miles) on the Cedar River from Waverly to Ingawanis Adventure Base, trail run (3.4 miles) through the camp, then mountain bike (7 miles) through Ingawanis Woodland. Race begins at Brookwood Park, Waverly at 9:00 am. Registration closes on Aug 25, 2016, 12:00:00 PM CDT. Event held rain or shine, delayed due to severe weather / lightning. For info on registration, classes, prizes, shuttles, equipment, or volunteering, visit or contact Darrin Siefken at 319-352-9129 or

Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Aug 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

This brief tour introduces those with no experience to the fun of kayaking in either single or tandem sea kayaks. Our instructors will teach you how to land and launch your kayak properly, how to apply basic strokes to maneuver your kayak, and provide coaching as needed to paddle your kayak effectively. Our trip will meander along the shoreline of Elk Rock State Park to view the high sandstone cliffs and if time permits learn a little about the geology of the area, discover a few historical facts, and see a variety of wildlife.

Experience Level 

None! No previous kayaking experience is required for this trip. It is a great tour for beginning and novice paddlers. Please be aware that participating in any kayak trip includes the possibility of tipping and getting wet.

What To Bring

All you need to bring along is your lunch, plenty to drink, and a change of dry clothes. We’ll provide everything else.


Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

Start by getting sized for a paddle, PFD, and a kayak.  Next, we’ll introduce you to some basic paddling concepts, discuss safety issues, and then get you on the water.

When everyone is comfortable the tour will move east to explore the shores and cliffs. Along the way, you’ll make stops at points of interest to view fossils, explore a cave, and learn about the geology of the lake. The last stop will incorporate a quick lunch and then the tour will continue back to the boat ramp.

Trip Includes: 

Kayak, Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket), paddle, instruction, and guidance along the route.

Price: $64.20 (includes all gear)

Directions Eco Tour: Meet at the 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park. There will be a pit toilet and parking lot overlooking the lake. Meet in this parking lot and we will carpool to put-in.

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080

Clean up the Skunk River With Story County Conservation and Skunk River Paddlers @ McFarland Park
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pre- Register by Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m.

Help keep our rivers clean by joining us for a paddling clean-up event.

Canoes, life jackets (required), and paddles are provided as well as refreshments from the Outdoor Alliance of Story County.

Experienced leaders from the Skunk River Paddlers will guide the way as we hunt for trash and debris while floating along. We’ll enjoy both the camaraderie and satisfaction of a cleanup – even to the point of being “disappointed” if there’s little trash to be found!

 Be prepared to find some larger items such as tires or remnants of old cars. If river levels are low (or if you fill your canoe with garbage!) you may have to drag your boat for a bit. Some paddling experience is preferred. We will do our best to pair paddlers based on experience level.

 Exact departure location will be determined as the event gets closer. Ending time may be earlier or later depending on what we find and the river levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Limited spots available! Please register by 4pm on Thursday, August 22.

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Other things to bring/wear:

  • FULL water bottle (we’ll have extra water)
  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.
  • Bug spray and sunscreen if desired.
  • Dressing in layers is recommended.
  • Work gloves (we’ll have some extra pairs)

Exact departure location will be determined as the event gets closer. Ending time may be earlier or later depending on what we find and the river levels. Must be at least 16 years old. Limited spots available! Please register by 4pm on Thursday, August 22.

Event Date/Time: Sat, Aug 24, 2019 – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Volunteers Needed:
Event Meeting Location: McFarland Park (we will carpool to the river from here)

56461- 180th Street, Ames Iowa 50010

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Event Organizer: Erica Place

 Erica Place Outreach Coordinator

Story County Conservation

56461 180th St. | Ames, Iowa 50010-9451

P: (515) 598-4761 | E: eplace@storycountyiowa.go

Backwaters Paddle With Clinton County Conservation @ Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Backwaters Paddle ~ 1 PM ~ Rock Creek Marina & Campground ~ Clinton County hosts a backwaters paddle in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Register for this at




Family Overnight Float With Clinton County Conservation @ Sherman Park South of Calamus, Iowa
Aug 29 all-day

Family Overnight Float ~ 9 AM ~ Wheatland ~ This 36 hour/16 mile/overnight trip on the Wapsi River from Wheatland to Allen’s Grove Access North of Donahue, Iowa is designed for the adventurous family.

We’ll meet at Sherman Park South of Calamus, Iowa and shuttle to the put in. Plan on paddling as this permits us to take more and longer breaks. We will supply paddle craft, gear and shuttle drivers back to their rides. Participants are responsible for their own water, hat, food, sun screen, glasses, and any other gear they require.

There is a $10/pack fee for county camping equipment if you need it. This is an intermediate trip and requires paddling skills. We may be exposed to undesirable weather so be set for an adventure. Register online at





“Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration @ Cold Springs Park, Cass County @ Cold Springs Park- Beach
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding “Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration! The public demonstration will be held on Saturday August 31st 9AM & at 10:30AM- Cold Springs Park- Beach FREE!

SUP is the fastest growing sport in the paddling community not only across the country, but especially right here in land-locked areas like Iowa. It’s fun, healthy as a total body work-out and offers a unique perspective when it comes to being on the water. After a quick demonstration try out the boards for yourself! If you do not bring a life jacket one will be provided to you.

Children must be 16 years or older. Paddler must weigh LESS than 250 LBS.

Our Stand Up Paddleboard programs will be on the last Saturday of every month, Ending after Labor Day Weekend on Saturday September 7th.

August 31st  9AM- 5 Spots 10:30am- 5 Spots  @ Cold Springs Park- Beach

You MUST CALL to get your spot! 712-769-2372 We hope you will join us! Program will be cancelled if there is unsafe weather conditions on the Lake.

57744 Lewis Rd
Lewis, IA 51544

Nick’s Annual “Half Chicken Dinner Float,” Turkey River
Sep 1 all-day

Annual “Half Chicken Dinner Float,” Turkey River.  Meet at Elgin Campground at 9:30 on river left.  12 mile paddle.  Paddle from Elgin Campground to Frieden Park.

Paddle event will be followed by chicken dinner at the Wadena Fire Station, serving starts at 5:30 pm.   There is a cost for the chicken dinner as a fundraiser for the Wadena Fire Dept.

Contact Nick Gaeta by  email to RSVP:


Central Park Lake Grand Opening @ Central Park Lake
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join  Jones County Conservation for Central Lake’s Grand Opening on:

Thursday, Sept 5 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Activities include:

live music, ribbon cutting at 5:30 at fishing pier, fishing tackle give- a- way, educational booths,  free paddle board and kayak rentals.

Bring your own picnic!

Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Get off the couch and into a kayak. Kayaking is a great leisure time recreational activity that can
be enjoyed by individuals or the whole family. The CrawDaddy fleet of 16+ kayaks provides
options for every kayaking interest from river floats to specialized fishing kayaks. Visit our web-
site for specific models or call the store to request a demo of a model. Be sure to demo paddles
and PFD’s to round out your kayak purchase.

Located at Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly. This is located 1 mile west of the Hwy 3
and Hwy 218 intersection. Turn south on Aspen Avenue and follow the gravel until you reach
the lake.