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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Iowa DNR, Canoe School: Swift Water Rescue 9:00 am
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.[...]
Des Moines River: Boone To Luther with CanoeSport Outfitters 8:30 am
Des Moines River: Boone To Luther with CanoeSport Outfitters @ See store for details
Aug 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Join several staff members of CanoeSport Outfitters for an extended excursion down a local Iowa River. The route will vary as will the distance covered for each trip. This will be a casual float with[...]
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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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.[...]
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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,[...]
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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 Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors 6:00 pm
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[...]
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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[...]
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[...]
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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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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
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Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors 6:00 pm
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.
Aug 22 @ 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[...]
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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[...]
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