Events

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Nick’s Annual “Half Chicken Dinner Float,” Turkey River
Nick’s Annual “Half Chicken Dinner Float,” Turkey River
Sep 1 all-day
Annual “Half Chicken Dinner Float,” Turkey River.  Meet at Elgin Campground at 9:30 on river left.  12 mile paddle.  Paddle from Elgin Campground to Frieden Park. Paddle event will be followed by chicken dinner at[...]
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Central Park Lake Grand Opening 5:00 pm
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[...]
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Kayak Basics @ Yellow Banks Park , Polk County 5:30 pm
Kayak Basics @ Yellow Banks Park , Polk County @ Yellow Banks Park, pond
Sep 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 Friday, September 6, 2019 Learn the basics of recreational kayaking from a PCC naturalist. Participants will learn about types of kayaks, equipment, techniques, and have a chance to practice skills on the water. Pre-registration required;[...]
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Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Rodgers Park – Vinton 10:00 am
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Rodgers Park – Vinton @ Rodgers Park – Vinton
Sep 7 @ 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[...]
Wapsipinicon River Fall Float with Linn County Conservation 10:00 am
Wapsipinicon River Fall Float with Linn County Conservation @ Pinicon Ridge Park
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Late Summer Wapsi Float Join Naturalist Chuck Ungs and others on a scenic float of the Wapsipinicon River. The float is scheduled near the end of summer. You will also be treated to unique views[...]
Catfishing Basics @Yellow Banks Park , Polk County 6:00 pm
Catfishing Basics @Yellow Banks Park , Polk County @ Yellow Banks Park Boat Ramp
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come learn about the different kinds of catfish, how big they actually get, and tips on catching them. We will then fish the Des Moines River and try to catch catfish. Bait and poles will[...]
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Disabled Veteran Kayaking/Canoeing event at Riverside
Disabled Veteran Kayaking/Canoeing event at Riverside @ Riverside Casino
Sep 11 all-day
Sep 11; Disabled Veteran Kayaking/Canoeing event at Riverside. Volunteer-led opportunity for disabled Vets to experience paddling during the VA National TEE (Train, Expose, Experience) Tournament. Needs new Volunteer Coordinator for 2019. Contact Tom Sabotta  tsabott@gmail.com Sep[...]
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Moonlight Paddle @ Fontana Park, Buchanan County 7:30 pm
Moonlight Paddle @ Fontana Park, Buchanan County @ Fontana Reservoir
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The water is calm and reflective at night – a perfect time for a moonlit excursion into the Fontana Reservoir.  Paddlers will see some animals settling in for the night, and others just becoming active. [...]
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Iowa Outdoor Women’s Weekend 5:30 pm
Iowa Outdoor Women’s Weekend @ Central Park Nature Center, Jones County
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm
Iowa Outdoor Women’s Weekend Central Park, Jones County Friday, September 13, 2019 Join us for a weekend hunting wild edibles and squirrels, learning to make baskets and soap, and rock climbing and kayaking in Eastern[...]
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Iowa River Clean-up, Iowa City
Iowa River Clean-up, Iowa City @ Iowa River, Sturgis Ferry Boat Ramp to Hills Access
Sep 14 all-day
Sep 14; Iowa River Clean-up, Iowa City, Sturgis Ferry Boat Ramp to Hills Access  This annual event cleans a 9.5 mile stretch of the Iowa River. Volunteers will paddle the river to gather trash, or[...]
Pelicans in Iowa 10:00 am
Pelicans in Iowa @ Jester Park Nature Center
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pelicans in Iowa Jester, Lewis A., Park, Polk County Saturday, September 14, 2019 Yes! That is correct. Saylorville and Red Rock Reservoirs are major stopover points for the American White Pelican during their annual Fall[...]
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Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters 8:30 am
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Sep 22 @ 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[...]
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2019 Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families 9:00 am
2019 Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families @ The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
You’re invited to join us for Iowa’s premier outdoor event for the whole family, with FREE admission and parking! Featuring hands on activities including archery, bow fishing, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, kids activities, outdoor cooking,[...]
Learn to Canoe Class @ Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County 10:00 am
Learn to Canoe Class @ Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County @ Big Hollow Recreation Area Beach
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Learn to Canoe Class Big Hollow Recreation Area, Des Moines County Saturday, September 28, 2019 Learn the art of canoeing at this course taught by DNR canoeing instructor and state water trails coordinator, John Wenck.[...]
Family Fishing Day – Meyers Lake, Evansdale 1:00 pm
Family Fishing Day – Meyers Lake, Evansdale @ Meyer's Lake
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Looking for a fun family outdoor activity? Come out to Meyers Lake in Evansdale for a free family fishing day.. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait will be provided. Reservations are not required[...]
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2019 Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families 10:00 am
2019 Iowa Outdoor Expo for Kids and Families @ The Des Moines Chapter of the Izaak Walton League
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
You’re invited to join us for Iowa’s premier outdoor event for the whole family, with FREE admission and parking! Featuring hands on activities including archery, bow fishing, camping, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, kids activities, outdoor cooking,[...]
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