Events

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Jul
27
Sat
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.  http://www.riverrumble.org/

Jul
30
Tue
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 Linncountyparks.com up to 24 hours before the event and is $10 per person

  LinnCountyParks.com

Aug
3
Sat
Iowa DNR, Canoe School: Swift Water Rescue @ Manchester Whitewater Park
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm

To Register:https://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/How-to-Paddle/Canoe-Kayak-Schools

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform swift water rescues. The course will focus on using rescue equipment such as throw ropes and the rescue pfd. There will be an emphasis on swimming in current, tethered rope rescues, rescue wading and boat rescues. Main emphasis: Is to provide the knowledge to perform swift water rescues as well as decision making skills during a swift water rescue. Rescue swimming and rope management are integral to this course.

Equipment needed: your own food (snacks, lunch, liquids), suitable paddling gear for air and water temperatures (dress for getting wet, have towels and dry clothes for after), helmet, rescue pfd, throw rope, kayak or canoe paddle suitable for moving water use (possible rocks), whitewater kayak or whitewater useable canoe, air bags/flotation in kayak or canoe, spray skirt for whitewater kayak unless a sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Please bring any additional rescue equipment you might have such as throw rope, carabiners, pulleys or webbing.

This is not a whitewater kayak or canoe skills course, so individuals should have the ability to kayak or canoe independent of the class with the ability to self-rescue. Boating skills that are highly desirable is the ability to ferry in current, perform eddy turns and peel outs. If using a kayak with a spray skirt a kayak role is highly desirable, wet exiting is required. The ability to swim is also required.

Main goal of this course: is to make no more victims so having basic rescue knowledge is essential. This course will introduce new techniques for those unfamiliar with swift water rescue and provide a re-fresher for those experienced rescuers.

Aug
6
Tue
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.
FUN!

Aug
7
Wed
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.

Aug
8
Thu
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.

Located 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.

 

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

Kayak Safety Basics

 Thursday, August 8, 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 Linncountyparks.com up to 24 hours before the event and is $10 per person

  LinnCountyParks.com

Aug
9
Fri
Cuyuna Mountain Biking or Kayak with Crawdaddy Outdoors
Aug 9 – Aug 12 all-day

Ready for a new adventure? The CrawDaddy Crew will travel to Cuyuna, MN to a renovated
mining area that has miles of top-notch mountain bike trails. If mountain biking isn’t your thing,
no worries. Come along and hike the trails or kayak on the gorgeous area lakes. This trip will
include rustic camping, wonderful dutch oven meals for breakfast and supper. We will also be
mountain biking at Lebanon Hills near Minneapolis/ St. Paul.

Cost: $325 per person (includes meals, transportation, and gear)-bike not included