Preserve Iowa Summit, Fort Dodge
Jul 18 – Jul 22 all-day

Jul 18-22; Preserve Iowa Summit, Fort Dodge. State Historical Society of Iowa annual conference for professionals and volunteers involved in Iowa historic preservation; educational sessions on preservation topics, tours, demonstrations, opportunities to network with fellow preservationists.

“Paddle For A Wish” Paddlefest at Clear Lake @ PM Park/Tiki Bar
Jul 21 all-day

The inaugural “Paddle for A Wish” Paddlefest event will be held in Clear Lake on Jul 21, a combination of competition and fundraising in partnership with Make-A-Wish.

Check-in will be at 7:00-8:30 am, race starts at 9:00 am. There are classes for kayaks, canoes, & SUP boards, 5 mi & 3 mi courses, plus a 1 mi youth course. Rentals are available. $35 entry fee, T-shirt if registered by Jul 1. Medals will be awarded for 1st/2nd/3rd places. Food for participants.

PM Park/Tiki Bar, 15297 Raney Dr, Clear Lake, IA 50428

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Iowa Summer Games Canoe Kayak Flatwater Competition @ Ada Hayden Park
Jul 21 all-day

Jul 21; Iowa Summer Games Canoe Kayak Flatwater Competition, Ada Hayden Park, Ames. Commissioner Dave Hillman  Info at

IWC “Share & Practice” Skills Day, Ames
Jul 22 all-day

Jul 22; IWC “Share & Practice” Skills Day, Ames. Find more info about the Iowa Whitewater Coalition at  or contact Dave Hillman  IWC events calendar at

Parents’ Day
Jul 22 all-day

Jul 22; Parents’ Day

RAGBRAI @ To be announced Jan 27
Jul 22 – Jul 28 all-day

Jul 22-28; RAGBRAI 2018. Ride will begin in Onawa, with overnight stops in Denison, Jefferson, Ames,  Newton, Sigourney, & Iowa City, ending in Davenport. Route is 428 miles long, with 12,576 feet of climb.

“Paddle Boarding Basics” Story County @ West Peterson Park
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Story County Conservation will host “Paddle Boarding Basics” at West Peterson Park in Story County, 5:00-8:00 pm on Jul 23.

Try out Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP), the fastest growing paddle sport in the country. Gain skills, try different boards, learn about the health benefits. Paddleboards, paddles, life jackets, and light refreshments will be provided. You must be 18 or older to attend, and there is a fee of $15. Registration is required by 4:00 pm on Fri, Jul 20.

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Kayak Demo Day Thursdays, Ave of Saints Lake, Waverly @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, W of Hwy 218 & Hwy 3 Intersection
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CrawDaddy Outdoors Demo Days are free and no pre-registration is required. Has one of the fastest growing outdoor activities piqued your interest?  There is no better way to select a kayak than to paddle it on the water.  Let our experienced staff assist you in choosing the proper kayak to ensure you years of enjoyment in this popular sport.  Our demo fleet has over 16 models to try.  From recreational kayaks for lazy river floats, to fully rigged fishing kayaks for hauling in that big catch, to touring kayaks for those big water adventures, you are sure to find the best kayak for you.

Thursday Demos are from 6 to 8 pm 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.

2018 Kayak Demo Days are scheduled Apr 5, 19; May 3, 17, 31; Jun 14, 28; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23; Sep 6, 20.

“Voyageur Canoe Trip” Mississippi River Clinton County @ Clinton County Eco Tourism Center
Jul 27 all-day

Enjoy daydreams of historic voyageur canoe journeys and trading metal cookware for beaver pelts, but without the arduous portaging.

Clinton County Conservation will host a “Voyageur Canoe Trip” on Jul 27. Paddle the big boat (or boats) 6 miles down the Mississippi from Princeton to the Clinton County Eco-Tourism Center. Pass Steamboat Island and make a landing at Princeton Beach before continuing on to the take out.

There is no fee but you must call to pre-register. The canoes have a 22 adult capacity, so call 563-847-7202 to reserve your spot. Clinton County Conservation.


Full Moon @ Iowa; Times for Cedar Rapids
Jul 27 all-day

A full moon experience in the outdoors can become a treasured memory and inspiration for young and old to connect with the natural world. Whether viewed rising over a wooded bluff or through bare tree limbs, reflected off drifts of snow or ripples on a lake, it can be very unique to experience or photograph.

(Iowa 2018 dates, times at Cedar Rapids, note CST or CDT times.)
Jan 1, Monday, Sunrise 7:35, Sunset 4:46, Moonrise 4:44 CST (Supermoon)
Jan 31, Wednesday, Sunrise 7:20, Sunset 5:20, Moonrise 5:47 CST (Supermoon)
Mar 1, Thursday, Sunrise 6:42, Sunset 5:57, Moonrise 5:46 CST
Mar 31, Saturday, Sunrise 6:51, Sunset 7:31, Moonrise 7:52 CDT
Apr 29, Sunday, Sunrise 6:05, Sunset 8:03, Moonrise 7:47 CDT
May 29, Tuesday, Sunrise 5:35, Sunset 8:33, Moonrise 8:39 CDT
Jun 28, Thursday, Sunrise 5:34, Sunset 8:46, Moonrise 9:11 CDT
Jul 27, Friday, Sunrise 5:55, Sunset 8:30, Moonrise 8:34 CDT
Aug 26, Sunday, Sunrise 6:26, Sunset 7:50, Moonrise 8:15 CDT
Sep 24, Monday, Sunrise 6:56, Sunset 7:00, Moonrise 7:14 CDT
Oct 24, Wednesday, Sunrise 7:30, Sunset 6:11, Moonrise 6:41 CDT
Nov 22, Thursday, Sunrise 7:05, Sunset 4:40, Moonrise 4:46 CST
Dec 22, Saturday, Sunrise 7:32, Sunset 4:39, Moonrise 4:57 CST