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Great River Rumble (GRR)
Great River Rumble (GRR) @ Keosauqua, IA to Hannibal, MO
Jul 28 – Aug 4 all-day
Jul 28-Aug 4; Great River Rumble (GRR). For 2018, paddle 102 miles from Keosauqua, IA on the lower Des Moines River, through 2 locks on the Mississippi to historic Hannibal, MO. Annual weeklong paddle with[...]
“SUP Basics,” Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Beginners Class 5:30 pm
“SUP Basics,” Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Beginners Class @ Grays Lake
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Aug 1; Wednesday, “SUP Basics,” 5:30 pm-8:00 pm, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Beginners Class at Grays Lake, Des Moines. Des Moines Parks & Recreation and Iowa DNR are partnering to offer SUP skills courses at Grays[...]
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Riverfest in Ft. Madison includes Dragon Boat Racing & Canoe/Kayak Float
Riverfest in Ft. Madison includes Dragon Boat Racing & Canoe/Kayak Float
Aug 2 – Aug 5 all-day
Aug 2-5; Riverfest in Ft. Madison includes Dragon Boat Racing on Aug 4, Canoe/Kayak Float on Aug 5.   http://riverfestfm.com/    
Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan Public Meeting 4:30 pm
Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan Public Meeting @ Waterloo Boat House
Aug 2 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Developers of a Water Trails Master Plan for Black Hawk County are seeking your participation during two public input meetings. The two meetings will be hosted at two different sites, but the same information will[...]
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US Coast Guard Birthday, 1790 r
US Coast Guard Birthday, 1790 r
Aug 4 all-day
Aug 4; US Coast Guard Birthday Birthdays of All Military Branches: National Guard: Dec 13, 1636 U.S. Army: Jun 14, 1775 U.S. Navy: Oct 13, 1775 (Abolished Feb 1781 – Reinstated Sep 7, 1781) U.S.[...]
Kayak Demo Day Saturdays, Various Sites Around E Iowa 10:00 am
Kayak Demo Day Saturdays, Various Sites Around E Iowa @ Lake Meyer
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
CrawDaddy Outdoors Demo Days are free and no pre-registration is required. Everyone test drives their car before buying – kayak demo days provide an opportunity for you to test paddle your kayak before buying. There[...]
Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. 12:00 pm
Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. @ Motor Mill
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aug 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; Motor Mill Free Tours, Turkey River WT. Free tours of historic 1860’s Motor Mill, related buildings, and town site, Noon-5:00 pm on scheduled weekends, group tours by appointment. Consider combining[...]
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Deadline Free Listing in Iowa Travel Guide
Deadline Free Listing in Iowa Travel Guide
Aug 7 all-day
If your WT group, association, event, etc. is not utilizing traveliowa.com, the Iowa Travel Guide, and other benefits available through the Iowa Tourism Office, now is a good time to start. The submissions deadline for[...]
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Iowa DNR Two Day Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders
Iowa DNR Two Day Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders @ Briggs Woods Park
Aug 8 – Aug 9 all-day
Aug 8-9; Iowa DNR Two Day Canoe School for Naturalists & Trip Leaders. Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River). Want to improve your skills to better demonstrate to others how to paddle efficiently, elegantly, and[...]
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Iowa State Fair, Des Moines
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines @ Iowa State Fairgrounds
Aug 9 – Aug 19 all-day
Aug 9-19; 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 Demo Day Thursdays, Ave of Saints Lake, Waverly 6:00 pm
Kayak Demo Day Thursdays, Ave of Saints Lake, Waverly @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, W of Hwy 218 & Hwy 3 Intersection
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CrawDaddy Outdoors Demo Days are free and no pre-registration is required. Has one of the fastest growing outdoor activities piqued your interest?  There is no better way to select a kayak than to paddle it on[...]
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Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Ft. Dodge
Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Ft. Dodge @ Badger Lake
Aug 10 – Aug 11 all-day
  Aug 10-11; Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash, Ft. Dodge. THE BADGER LAKE DRAGON BOAT ASSOCIATION continues with 22 years of Dragon Boating in Fort Dodge, Iowa| August 10 & 11, 2018. The Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash is one[...]
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Meteor Shower — Perseids
Meteor Shower — Perseids @ All Iowa
Aug 12 – Aug 13 all-day
Jan 3-4; Quadrantids Meteor Shower Peaks. Above average shower, peaks at 40 meteors/hour. Apr 22-23; Lyrids Meteor Shower Peaks. Average shower, peaks at 20 meteors/hour. May 6-7; Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Peaks. Above average shower,[...]
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Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park 6:00 pm
Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park @ Manchester Whitewater Park
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park, 6:00-8:00 pm. Join Hannah Ray J & friends to share some WW fun at the park. The focus will be on WW kayaking & SUP skills.[...]
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Gannett Foundation Grant Submission Deadline
Gannett Foundation Grant Submission Deadline
Aug 17 all-day
The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served by Gannett Co., Inc. The foundation’s community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation[...]
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Annual “Floatzilla” in Quad Cities
Annual “Floatzilla” in Quad Cities @ Quad Cities
Aug 18 all-day
Aug 18; Annual “Floatzilla” in Quad Cities.  Floats, food, live music, tee shirts, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes; http://www.floatzilla.org/ More info from Noah Truesdell, organizer for Floatzilla: Floatzilla is an[...]
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Iowa Mussel Blitz on Iowa River, Coralville Dam to Hills
Iowa Mussel Blitz on Iowa River, Coralville Dam to Hills @ Iowa River, Coralville Dam to Hills
Aug 20 – Aug 24 all-day
Aug 20-24; Iowa Mussel Blitz on Iowa River, Coralville Dam to Hills (weather & water permitting). This will repeat exactly the 2014 sampling which indicated a downturn in the Iowa River mussel population.  During 2005 to 2014,[...]
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Kayak Demo Day Thursdays, Ave of Saints Lake, Waverly 6:00 pm
Kayak Demo Day Thursdays, Ave of Saints Lake, Waverly @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, W of Hwy 218 & Hwy 3 Intersection
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CrawDaddy Outdoors Demo Days are free and no pre-registration is required. Has one of the fastest growing outdoor activities piqued your interest?  There is no better way to select a kayak than to paddle it on[...]
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“Rugged Toad” Adventure Triathlon in Waverly.
“Rugged Toad” Adventure Triathlon in Waverly.
Aug 25 all-day
(Date is confirmed, details subject to change from 2017 info.) Aug 25; “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[...]
IWC “Share & Practice” Skills Day, Manchester
IWC “Share & Practice” Skills Day, Manchester @ Riverfront Park
Aug 25 all-day
Aug 25; IWC “Share & Practice” Skills Day, Manchester. Find more info about the Iowa Whitewater Coalition at http://iowawhitewater.org/  or contact Dave Hillman crgdragon@gmail.com.  IWC events calendar at http://www.iowawhitewater.org/events.html
“Full Moon Float,” Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge/Odessa Water Trail 8:00 pm
“Full Moon Float,” Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge/Odessa Water Trail @ Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge/Odessa WT
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Aug 25; “Full Moon Float,” Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge/Odessa Water Trail, 8:00-10:00 pm. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and stars of Odessa after dark. Event is open to the public, all ages welcome, registration is[...]
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Full Moon
Full Moon @ Iowa; Times for Cedar Rapids
Aug 26 all-day
A full moon experience in the outdoors can become a treasured memory and inspiration for young and old to connect with the natural world. Whether viewed rising over a wooded bluff or through bare tree[...]
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Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park 6:00 pm
Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park @ Manchester Whitewater Park
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Whitewater Kayaking & SUP Tuesday Meet-Ups, Manchester WW Park, 6:00-8:00 pm. Join Hannah Ray J & friends to share some WW fun at the park. The focus will be on WW kayaking & SUP skills.[...]
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