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Moon light float, Raccoon River, Coon Rapids @ Whiterock Conservancy
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Take a trip down Raccoon River beneath the stars.

$20 per person – Reservations required. Reserve your canoe at or 712-790-8221 x1

Park at the River Campground, and meet at the van. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp with you.

Full Moon: Moonrise @ 9:12 pm: Strawberry Moon
Jun 17 all-day
Charles City Challenge: Whitewater Weekend; Kayak and SUP Competition
Jun 22 all-day
Paddle Skedaddle @ Quarry Spring
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am

Join the movement that’s taken over the racing world. A 2 mile kayak + 3.5 mile trail run in central Iowa’s newest park located just off I-80, just 20 minutes east of Des Moines near Colfax, IA. You can do both sports or focus on one and get a partner to do the other half! We can help you find a partner as well. Sign up now to get motivated for training, get excited for race day, and celebrate with us all the way to the finish line. We’re with you through the season!

Visit our webpage at to get more info and signup!

Paddle the Boone River With Polk County Education Programs, Polk County @ Jester Park Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join Polk County Conservation Naturalists on a day float of the beautiful Boone River. We’ll depart from the Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center at Jester Park at 8:00 am and travel by van to our launch point just South Webster City. Expect three to four hours of paddling, river flow dependent, with a lunch stop along the river before returning to Jester Park.

Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets provided. All you need to bring is your lunch, a refillable water bottle, and plenty of sunscreen.

Pre-registration is required; deadline is June 19. Fee: $25. Minimum age of 12 and previous paddling experience is strongly recommended.



Scheels Paddle Demo @ Raccoon River
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a free event to try before you buy! Experience the latest in kayaks and paddle boards with SCHEELS Experts and a Confluence Representative. Visit with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Leaders. The first 50 people receive a $10 SCHEELS gift card and all participants can register to win a $100 SCHEELS gift card.

SUP Fundamentals I with CanoeSport Outfitters
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

SUP Fundamentals I

Prerequisite: None

$53.50 (FREE! to CanoeSport SUP Buyers)

Discover the fun and simplicity of Stand-Up Paddling. This course focuses on helping you get on your board, improving your balance, and efficiently paddling your board. Learn about torso rotation to increase your stamina and protect your shoulders. Understand the pro’s and con’s of different types of boards while learning about paddles, PFD’s, and other gear.

 Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080

Iowa Water Festival @ The Des Moines Izaak Walton League
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Iowa Water Festival, the state’s premier clean water advocacy event, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., day time activities will be immediately followed by WaterJam-2019 (featuring prominent Local Musicians)!

This FREE event will unite educators, scientists and other speakers to bring awareness of Iowa’s water quality issues and show Iowans how they can promote waterway health, restore Iowa’s land fertility using climate smart agriculture practices, and encourage elected officials and decision-makers to commit to action that will lead to long-term changes to clean Iowa’s waters.

The Iowa Water Festival will feature:

~ A diverse line-up of water quality speakers
~ Fun, interactive activities for kids and family
~ Related art, music and dance performances
~ Exhibitors from conservation, agriculture, education, non-profit organizations and green businesses
~ Locally-sourced food available for purchase (email for meal ticket information)

Sponsorship opportunities are available: email or call 207-460-7532.

Mississippi Paddle Trip #1 With Clinton County Conservation @ South Lake Park, Sabula
Jun 24 all-day

Mississippi Paddle Trip #1 ~ 9 AM ~ South Lake Park, ~ Sabula ~ This is a 10 mile trip along Clinton Counties most beautiful stretch of the Mississippi. We will supply paddle craft, gear and shuttle drivers back to their rides.

Meet and park at the South Lake Park shelter in Sabula, Iowa. Participants are responsible for their own water, hat, sun screen & glasses, and any other gear they require for their comfort. This trip and requires paddling skills. We may be exposed to undesirable weather so be set for adventure.

Register online at

Mississippi Paddle Trip #2 With Clinton County Conservation @ Rock Creek
Jun 25 all-day


Mississippi Paddle Trip #2 ~ 9 AM ~ Rock Creek ~ This 7 mile trip takes us across the widest point of the river locking through Lock & Dam 13 then on along the Fulton riverfront crossing to Willow Island and Joyce’s Slough for a landing at Clinton’s 9th Ave North boat ramp.

We will supply paddle craft, gear and shuttle drivers back to their rides. Participants are responsible for their own water, hat, sun screen & glasses, and any other gear they require. This trip requires paddling skills. We may be exposed to undesirable weather so be set for an adventure.

Register online at