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RAGBRAI XLVII, Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa @ See Details
Jul 21 – Jul 27 all-day

Jul 21-27; RAGBRAI XLVII . Register’s Annual Great Bike Rade Across Iowa. Ride will begin in Council Bluffs, with overnight stops in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington, ending in Keokuk. Interesting twist for 2019 is a full day’s ride along the Mississippi River. Route is 427 miles long, with 14,735 feet of climb (eighth flattest in history).

Raccoon River Paddling/Camping Trip with CanoeSport Outfitter @ Walnut Woods State Park (take out)
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

Join CanoeSport Outfitters for an overnight canoe and kayak camping trip on the Raccoon River. The trip will begin at Adel Island Park where we’ll discuss packing your canoe or kayak. On the water CanoeSport will handle group safety, provide paddling tips, and select a sand bar for camping. We’ll discuss camping methods and share some tips from our years of guiding to remote locations. Around a fire we can share some stories and have s’mores. In the morning we’ll have breakfast and wrap up the trip at Walnut Woods State Park.

Experience Level 

River Kayaking Fundamental I or River Canoeing Fundamentals I.

What To Bring

Bring your paddling and camping gear or rent it from CanoeSport Outfitters. If you bring your own kayak be sure it has enough space for all required gear and bow and stern bulkheads. Don’t forget your camping gear, food, and personal items all in dry bags. CanoeSport has a limited supply of camping gear available for rent. We’ll provide a more detailed list of suggested equipment prior to the class.


Meet Saturday morning at Walnut Woods State Park (take-out). Arrange a shuttle of gear and boats to Adel Island Park and Campground. Pack up our gear and set off down river. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the Raccoon River. We’ll stop periodically on sand bars for a swim, lunch, and to explore the shore line. Saturday night we’ll camp in the vicinity of Van Meter/Booneville (approximately 1/2 way). Sunday we’ll enjoy a sand bar breakfast and continue our journey down river arriving at our take out mid afternoon.

Trip Includes: 

Guidance along the route, kayak packing guidance, and assistance with camping from a canoe or kayak.

Price: $107

Equipment Rental 

*Outfitting prices are in addition to the base price of the trip

Water Ready Outfitting = $74.90 (includes kayak, paddle, PFD, bilge pump, paddle float, and up to 3 dry bags)

Camp Side Outfitting = $42.80 (includes tent/ground cloth, sleeping bag/pad, and cook set)

Directions: We meet at the take out and will leave vehicles here. CanoeSport will have a trailer to load up and car pool to put in.

After signing up for the class you will receive a confirmation email with details about location, gear, expectations, etc.

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080

Great River Rumble (GRR) Weeklong Paddle Camping Adventure @ Lower Cedar, Iowa, & Mississippi Rivers
Jul 27 – Aug 3 all-day

Jul 27-Aug 3; Great River Rumble (GRR). Annual weeklong paddle with shuttles, campsites, meals, & gear transport. 2019 route will include 106 miles on lower Cedar River, Iowa River, thru Lock & Dam 18 on the Mississippi to Burlington.

32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup @ Island Park in Cedar Falls
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Who’s ready for the cleanup? It’s almost time!

Join us for the 32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup

Volunteers will meet Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m., at Island Park in Cedar Falls for a brief meeting and be bused to the launch site C57. We will end at Island Park. Please see “Tickets” to sign up.

Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. will be the Festival with local live music and craft vendors at Spicoli’s Reverb – Live Music and Bar Arcade.

Check back for specific times for the events! :)

We are so excited to see all of you!

River Float with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ River Float with Crawdaddy Oudoors
Jul 30 all-day

River Floats
What a great way to spend a summer day! Join the CrawDaddy Crew as they guide you down
rivers in North East Iowa. No prior kayaking experience is required. This summer, we will explore the Cedar,Shell Rock, Wapsi, Volga, Upper Iowa, and the Winnebago rivers. Our weekday floats are verypopular, so sign up early. This trip will be a full day, with 4-6 hours on the water andconsiderable drive/ shuttle time. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Cost: $30 rent a kayak; $10 transportation; $20 bring your kayak



Youth Paddle Camp @ Jester Park: Granger
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – Jul 31 @ 3:30 pm

For Youth 12-16 years old. Learn Canoe and Kayaking skills.  Register by July 16. Questions, call 515-323-5339

Kayak Safety Basics with Linn County Conservation @ Pinicon Ridge Park
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kayak Safety Basics

Tuesday, July 30,  6-8 pm at Pinicon Ridge Park

Have you purchased a new kayak? Would you like some education to help you to become a better, more skilled paddler? The backwaters at Pinicon Ridge Park are a great place to practice and learn about open water kayaking, but in a controlled backwater setting rather than out on a river channel where currents flow.

Join ACA certified kayak instructors as we cover pfd’s, equipment, river etiquette, where to paddle, and safety. We will practice basic strokes, graceful entry and exit of a kayak, and more. This session should be helpful to even experienced paddlers but is ideal for those just getting their feet wet. Participants provide their own kayaks.

Everyone will be required to be wear a lifejacket and should dress to get wet. A towel and dry clothes to change into is recommended. Water shoes are suggested, but an old pair of sneakers would work also.

Youth 10 and up are welcome but must be supervised by an adult.

Preregistration is available through up to 24 hours before the event and is $10 per person

Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Lake Meyer – Calmar @ Lake Meyer - Calmar
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 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.



Iowa DNR: 2-Day Canoe School for Naturalists @ Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

To register, go to :Paddle/Canoe-Kayak-Schools

Naturalists who take groups on trips or who are expected to conduct kayak instruction. About 1/3 classroom, and 2/3 on-water, the focus is on skills, hazard and river feature identification, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management.

2 day course including (includes 1 day flat water course) (Lake environment and on river)
Experience in tandem canoes, recreational kayaks, whitewater crossover kayaks and SUP
Classroom and on-water hands-on training
Improved efficiency for skills on the water
Improved leadership skills
Increase safety, lower stress, have fun and pay knowledge forward based on ACA instructional foundations.
You will receive an Iowa DNR certificate of completion.

Wapsi Paddle Trip With Clinton County Conservation @ Allen's Grove Recreation Area off CR Y52 North of Donahue, Iowa
Aug 6 all-day

Wapsi Paddle Trip ~ 9 AM ~ Allen’s Grove R.A. ~ This 11 mile trip takes us through a gently meandering stretch of our Wapsipinicon River just Southwest of DeWitt, Iowa. We’ll meet at Allen’s Grove Recreation Area off CR Y52 North of Donahue, Iowa. Plan on paddling as this moves us along permitting 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, sun screen & glasses, food and any other gear they require. This is a intermediate trip and requires paddling skills.

Register online at


Register online at