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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.

“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

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!