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Iowa Trails Summit Returns! Panora, IA @ Lake Panorama National Golf Course
Oct 12 all-day

Oct 12; Iowa Trails Summit, Panora, IA

The Iowa Trails Summit has been revived for 2018! Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Trees Forever and Golden Hills RC&D have partnered to bring back this conference to unite professional and volunteer trail builders and advocates for a collaborative learning experience. The Summit will be held at Lake Panorama National Golf Course, 5071 Clover Ridge Road, Panora, IA 50216 on Friday, Oct 12. 

The Iowa Trails Summit is a conference for professional and volunteer trail advocates to unite through a collaborative learning experience–a crash course in developing multi-use trails for our communities. Regional trail experts will dig into topics such as corridor acquisition and easements, engineering and construction, grants and funding, maintenance, marketing and promotion, trail enhancements and volunteer retention. There will be something for trails in all phases of development.

The Summit will open with trail stories from attendees and facilitators — setting the stage for breakout sessions focused on those who want a trail and those who have a trail — and wrap up with a comprehensive vision for the future of trails in Iowa: creating, maintaining, promoting and growing Iowa as the Trails Capital of the World. Join us to see how you can play a part in making Iowa the World Capital of Trails!

Included with registration is an optional Thursday night bike ride and reception. Ride the Raccoon River Valley Trail from to Redfield and Hanging Rock before returning to the Resort and evening Networking Reception starting at 7:00 pm. 

More info and registration at                                                    Contact Lance or Becca at Golden Hills RC&D 712-482-3029.

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 Winter Games Indoor Paddling Competition @ Iowa State Gym Pool
Feb 24 all-day

Feb 24; Iowa Winter Games Indoor Paddling Competition. Iowa State Gym Pool in Ames. Commissioner Piper Wall  Info 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.


Wacky Yakky Games: First Annual Yak and SOP Sports @ Quarry Springs Park
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Kayak and SOP races, obstacle course and GPS scavenger hunt using yaks and SOP’s. Relay races, speed races and slalom races for every skill level and age 12 and above. We will have prizes for the winners and some swag from the various water sport supporters. Pelican Kayaks will have a variety of yaks to demo with manufacturer representation as well as demos from Bonafide and Riot kayaks. Tracey from the Red Rock lake Army Corps of Engineers will have Water Safety information and representation. At the end of the day, we will draw a name from all of the participants to win a kayak. A water and snack bag will be handed out at registration and a food and beverage truck will be on site. Come make this event a great one. Hope to see you there. Registration information coming soon. Save the Date!!!!

Get your tickets at the page in the collection tab titled “Wacky Yakker Games Tickets”.

Contact Greg for questions at or 515-306-0126


South Dakota Kayak Challenge @ Missouri River
May 24 – May 26 all-day

May 24-26; South Dakota Kayak Challenge, 72 miles on Missouri River. Marathon-endurance paddling race thru 72 miles of wind and waves on the Missouri River between Yankton, S.D. and South Sioux City, Neb. Most of the course is in the National Park Service’s Missouri National Recreational River. Pre-race briefing on Friday in Yankton. Find full race info, course map, rules, & registration:

Annual Great Iowa River Race, Iowa City @ Sturgis Ferry Park
Jun 8 all-day

Jun 8; Annual Great Iowa River Race, Sturgis Ferry Park to Hills Access, Iowa City.  Runs 9.25 miles, divisions for Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard, in both recreational and racing categories. Race start and check-in is at Sturgis Ferry Park, Riverside Drive. Check-in opens at 8:00 am, race starts at 10:00 am. Online registration only, no day-of registration. Rentals are available while supplies last. For more info about the race, classes, rules, shuttle, shirt, meal, and registration, visit:  2019 Website TBD. Contact: Kristen Morrow, Johnson County Conservation, 319-645-1011;

Charles City Challenge: Whitewater Weekend; Kayak and SUP Competition
Jun 22 all-day
Iowa Summer Games Whitewater Slalom Competition, Charles City
Jun 29 all-day
Iowa Summer Games Rowing Competition, Waterloo
Jul 13 all-day