Events

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Great River Rumble (GRR) Weeklong Paddle Camping Adventure
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[...]
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Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Lake Meyer – Calmar 10:00 am
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[...]
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Iowa DNR: 2-Day Canoe School for Naturalists
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,[...]
Wapsi Paddle Trip With Clinton County Conservation
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[...]
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Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Dubuque Conservation 2:00 pm
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[...]
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Iowa State Fair, Des Moines
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Aug 8 – Aug 18 all-day
Aug 8-18; Iowa State Fair, Des Moines.  Visit IDNR Building & Courtyard, with River Programs, Water Trails, & Project Aware displays. Also find inspiration in the Photography Salon exhibit.  http://www.iowastatefair.org/
Kayak Safety Basics with Linn County Conservation 6:00 pm
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[...]
Sunset & Music Cruise With Clinton County Conservation 7:00 pm
Sunset & Music Cruise With Clinton County Conservation @ Rock Creek
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sunset & Music Cruise ~ 7 PM ~ Rock Creek~ This will be a special cruise with little chat and home spun music from local musicians. Register after August 4th by calling 563-259-1876.  
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Cuyuna Mountain Biking or Kayak with Crawdaddy Outdoors
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[...]
Archaeology Paddling Trip, Maquoketa River Water Trail, Jackson County 9:00 am
Archaeology Paddling Trip, Maquoketa River Water Trail, Jackson County
Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Registration required Paddle Maquoketa River: Canton Access to Royertown Canoe Access Enjoy a day paddling the Maquoketa River while learning about the area’s archaeology! Guides include County Naturalists and Brennan Dolan, Archaeologist with the Iowa[...]
Geode Hunt Paddle: Bentonsport Boat Access to Bonaparte Boat Access 10:00 am
Geode Hunt Paddle: Bentonsport Boat Access to Bonaparte Boat Access
Aug 9 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Pre-registration is required Geodes are nature’s treasure chest! Participants will be paddling this beautiful stretch of river between stops on the sandbars as we search for geodes. Ryan Clark, a Geologist with the Iowa Geological[...]
Riverside Community Fire Jam With Clinton County Conservation 8:00 pm
Riverside Community Fire Jam With Clinton County Conservation @ Sherman Park
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  Riverside Community Fire Jam ~ 8 PM ~ Sherman Park ~ Local talents will gather around a fire near the shelter for some home spun music. There will be fix-ins for smores while supplies[...]
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Mississippi Paddle Trip # 3 With Clinton County Conservation
Mississippi Paddle Trip # 3 With Clinton County Conservation @ Meet at Clinton's 9th Ave N boat ramp.
Aug 13 all-day
We’ll be crossing the channel into protected waters then follow the Illinois shore and cross to Albany and Beaver Islands, making our landing at Camanche, Iowa. Plan on paddling as this permits us more and[...]
River Float with Crawdaddy Outdoors
River Float with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ River Float with Crawdaddy Oudoors
Aug 13 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[...]
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Mississippi Paddle Trip # 4 With Clinton County Conservation
Mississippi Paddle Trip # 4 With Clinton County Conservation @ Meet at Camanche, Iowa's 8th Ave boat ramp Iowa
Aug 14 all-day
  We’ll meet at the Camanche, Iowa’s 8th Ave boat ramp Iowa and continue our 18th century style trip imagining a wild Mississippi, landing where possible to stretch and cool off. It’s 5 miles through[...]
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Full Moon Float at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park 8:30 pm
Full Moon Float at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park @ Boat Ramp at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
Aug 16 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Pre-registration is required Paddle under the light of the Full Moon! Naturalist Brittney Tiller will lead participants out on the water as she interprets the various constellations and objects of the sky from the calm[...]
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Annual “Floatzilla” in the Quad Cities
Annual “Floatzilla” in the Quad Cities
Aug 17 all-day
Aug 17; Annual “Floatzilla” in Quad Cities.  Floats, food, live music, tee shirts, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes; http://www.floatzilla.org/
Beginners Paddling Tour of Raccoon River with CanoeSport Outfitter 8:30 am
Beginners Paddling Tour of Raccoon River with CanoeSport Outfitter @ meet at highway F-90 near Booneville.
Aug 17 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Enjoy a fun, leisurely float trip down the Raccoon River from Adel or Puckerbrush Access to Booneville. CanoeSport Outfitters will coordinate the shuttling of boats and people from the take-out to the put-in. Staff will[...]
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Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City
Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City @ Wapsipinicon River near Central City
Aug 19 – Aug 23 all-day
Aug 19-23; Iowa Mussel Blitz on Wapsipinicon River near Central City. Volunteers are welcome to assist this annual project, with or without mussel experience. Contact Iowa DNR Fisheries Biologist Scott Gritters  scott.gritters@dnr.iowa.gov
Float Your Family With Clinton County Conservation 6:00 pm
Float Your Family With Clinton County Conservation @ MRETC, Rock Creek
Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Float Your Family ~ 6 PM ~ MRETC, Rock Creek ~ We’ll offer tips on planning, packing for and executing a family paddling trip into the Iowa Wilderness. We’ll examine the gear Clinton County has[...]
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Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly
Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly
Aug 24 all-day
Aug 24; Rugged Toad Adventure Triathlon in Waverly. Get your “wart on!” Paddle (4.6 miles) on the Cedar River from Waverly to Ingawanis Adventure Base, trail run (3.4 miles) through the camp, then mountain bike (7 miles)[...]
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters 8:30 am
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Aug 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
This brief tour introduces those with no experience to the fun of kayaking in either single or tandem sea kayaks. Our instructors will teach you how to land and launch your kayak properly, how to[...]
Clean up the Skunk River With Story County Conservation and Skunk River Paddlers 9:00 am
Clean up the Skunk River With Story County Conservation and Skunk River Paddlers @ McFarland Park
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Clean up the Skunk River With Story County Conservation and Skunk River Paddlers @ McFarland Park
Pre- Register by Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. Help keep our rivers clean by joining us for a paddling clean-up event. Canoes, life jackets (required), and paddles are provided as well as refreshments from[...]
Backwaters Paddle With Clinton County Conservation 1:00 pm
Backwaters Paddle With Clinton County Conservation @ Rock Creek Marina & Campground
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Backwaters Paddle ~ 1 PM ~ Rock Creek Marina & Campground ~ Clinton County hosts a backwaters paddle in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Register for this at mycountyparks.com/County/Clinton/Events.      
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Family Overnight Float With Clinton County Conservation
Family Overnight Float With Clinton County Conservation @ Sherman Park South of Calamus, Iowa
Aug 29 all-day
Family Overnight Float ~ 9 AM ~ Wheatland ~ This 36 hour/16 mile/overnight trip on the Wapsi River from Wheatland to Allen’s Grove Access North of Donahue, Iowa is designed for the adventurous family. We’ll[...]
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