Events

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Kickapoo River Kayak or Backpack Trip with Crawdaddy Outdoors
Kickapoo River Kayak or Backpack Trip with Crawdaddy Outdoors
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day
Join Crawdaddy Outdoors  for your choice of adventure. Choose to kayak on one the oldest and curviest rivers inthe Midwest or put on your boots and hike in the Ocooch Hills. Either option provides breathtaking[...]
Raccoon River Paddling/Camping Trip with CanoeSport Outfitter
Raccoon River Paddling/Camping Trip with CanoeSport Outfitter @ Walnut Woods State Park (take out)
Jun 1 – Jun 2 all-day
Join CanoeSport Outfitters for an overnight canoe and kayak camping trip on the Raccoon River. The trip will begin at Adel Island Park where we’ll discuss packing your canoe or kayak. On the water CanoeSport[...]
Rhubarb on the Water Festival: Manchester
Rhubarb on the Water Festival: Manchester
Jun 1 all-day
Call 563-927-4141 with questions. Email to: macc@manchester.org Join us for Rhubarb on the River!!! This is an award winning family event that celebrates the mighty Maquoketa River and also kicks off the summer months with rhubarb[...]
CarpFEST 2019: Cancelled 8:00 am
CarpFEST 2019: Cancelled @ Gray’s Lake, Des Moines
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
Try your hand at carp fishing and you might win a prize! The Des Moines Izaak Walton League, Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Iowa DNR are partnering for this event. If you are[...]
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Scheels Paddle Demo, Kayak Basics and Safety Classes, Waterloo 11:00 am
Scheels Paddle Demo, Kayak Basics and Safety Classes, Waterloo @ KOA campground,  (on the beach)
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am
Event Hosted by Scheels (Cedar Falls, IA) and Hartman Reserve Nature Center Try before you buy new Stand up Paddle Boards, Kayaks and so much more. Scheels experts and company representatives will be on hand[...]
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Wapsi Windings BY Clinton County Conservation 6:30 pm
Wapsi Windings BY Clinton County Conservation @ Soaring Eagle Nature Center ~ Clinton ~
Jun 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
While photos flash on a large screen, Chuck Jacobsen will share the story of our Wapsipinicon River. The discussion will be lead with music, natural history and tales of humanities use of this important waterway.[...]
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Iowa DNR: 2-Day Kayak School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders
Iowa DNR: 2-Day Kayak School for Naturalists and Trip Leaders @ Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
Jun 5 – Jun 6 all-day
To register, go to :https://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/How-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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Rock Hounds Camp at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park 10:00 am
Rock Hounds Camp at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park @ Beach House Lodge at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
For students Entering 3rd -6 th Grade Meet at Beach House Lodge at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Pre-registration required Turn your child into a Geologist for the day! Rock Hounds will focus on rocks, fossils, and[...]
Lake of the Hills Kayak/Canoe Experience with Scott County 1:00 pm
Lake of the Hills Kayak/Canoe Experience with Scott County @ West Lake Park (Lake of the Hills) Gate 1
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Canoe & Kayak Experience ~ 1:00 P.M. ~ West Lake Park (Lake of the Hills) Gate 1 ~ Join the Wapsi River staff for an adventure with canoes and kayaks. Program includes all equipment use,[...]
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32nd Annual Disorganized Cedar River Canoe Float
32nd Annual Disorganized Cedar River Canoe Float @ Otranto Park, just south of the Minnesota border
Jun 8 – Jun 12 all-day
The 32th anniversary of the disorganized Cedar River Canoe Float will begin Saturday, June 8th floating through Wednesday, June 12, 2018. The float will start out putting in at Otranto Park, just south of the[...]
Annual Great Iowa River Race, Iowa City
Annual Great Iowa River Race, Iowa City @ Sturgis Ferry Park
Jun 8 all-day
Jun 8; Annual Great Iowa River Race, Sturgis Ferry Park to Hills Access, Iowa City.  Runs 9.25 miles, divisions for Canoe, Kayak, Paddleboard, in both recreational and racing categories. Race start and check-in is at[...]
CanoeSport Outfitter Kayak Fishing Tournament
CanoeSport Outfitter Kayak Fishing Tournament @ Lake Ahquabi State Park
Jun 8 all-day
Come try your hand at our annual kayak fishing tournament. Fish for pan fish at Lake Ahquabi State Park and win prizes for biggest fish! ​Schedule: * June 7th: Registrations must be received by June[...]
Middle River Water Trail Clean Up 8:00 am
Middle River Water Trail Clean Up @ Pammel Park
Jun 8 @ 8:00 am
Clean up sponsored by: The Madison County Conservation Board and the Madison County River Alliance. This spring middle river was hit hard by flooding and ice jams resulting in several areas along the water trail that[...]
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Split Rock County Park – Chickasaw Co 10:00 am
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Split Rock County Park – Chickasaw Co @ Split Rock County Park - Chickasaw Co
Jun 8 @ 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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Kayak Basics with Polk County 6:00 pm
Kayak Basics with Polk County @ Jester Park Outdoor Recreation and Wellness Center
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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; deadline June 11. Minimum[...]
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors 6:00 pm
Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.
Jun 13 @ 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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Flag Day r
Flag Day r
Jun 14 all-day
 
US Army Birthday, 1775 r
US Army Birthday, 1775 r
Jun 14 all-day
US Army 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. Marine Corps: Nov[...]
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Red Rock Adventure Tours with CanoeSport Outfitters 8:30 am
Red Rock Adventure Tours with CanoeSport Outfitters @ Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp
Jun 15 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for an extended excursion along the limestone cliffs and to the sea cave along the Elk Rock State Park shoreline. The route and distance covered will vary according to weather conditions and the[...]
Moon light float, Raccoon River, Coon Rapids 7:30 pm
Moon light float, Raccoon River, Coon Rapids @ Whiterock Conservancy
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Take a trip down Raccoon River beneath the stars. $20 per person – Reservations required. Reserve your canoe at guestinfo@whiterockconservancy.org or 712-790-8221 x1 Park at the River Campground, and meet at the van. Please bring[...]
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Charles City Challenge: Whitewater Weekend; Kayak and SUP Competition
Paddle Skedaddle 8:00 am
Paddle Skedaddle @ Quarry Spring
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Join the movement that’s taken over the racing world. A 2 mile kayak + 3.5 mile trail run in central Iowa’s newest park located just off I-80, just 20 minutes east of Des Moines near[...]
Paddle the Boone River With Polk County Education Programs, Polk County 8:00 am
Paddle the Boone River With Polk County Education Programs, Polk County @ Jester Park Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center
Jun 22 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Join Polk County Conservation Naturalists on a day float of the beautiful Boone River. We’ll depart from the Outdoor Rec. and Wellness Center at Jester Park at 8:00 am and travel by van to our[...]
Scheels Paddle Demo 12:00 pm
Scheels Paddle Demo @ Raccoon River
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
This is a free event to try before you buy! Experience the latest in kayaks and paddle boards with SCHEELS Experts and a Confluence Representative. Visit with West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Leaders. The[...]
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SUP Fundamentals I with CanoeSport Outfitters 8:30 am
SUP Fundamentals I with CanoeSport Outfitters
Jun 23 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
SUP Fundamentals I Prerequisite: None $53.50 (FREE! to CanoeSport SUP Buyers) Discover the fun and simplicity of Stand-Up Paddling. This course focuses on helping you get on your board, improving your balance, and efficiently paddling[...]
Iowa Water Festival 11:00 am
Iowa Water Festival @ The Des Moines Izaak Walton League
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Iowa Water Festival, the state’s premier clean water advocacy event, is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., day time activities will be immediately followed by WaterJam-2019 (featuring prominent Local Musicians)! This FREE event will[...]
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Mississippi Paddle Trip #1 With Clinton County Conservation
Mississippi Paddle Trip #1 With Clinton County Conservation @ South Lake Park, Sabula
Jun 24 all-day
Mississippi Paddle Trip #1 ~ 9 AM ~ South Lake Park, ~ Sabula ~ This is a 10 mile trip along Clinton Counties most beautiful stretch of the Mississippi. We will supply paddle craft, gear[...]
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Youth Paddle Camp @Jester Park: Granger 9:00 am
Youth Paddle Camp @Jester Park: Granger
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – Jun 26 @ 3:30 pm
For youth 12-16 years old. Learn Canoe and Kayaking skills. Register by June 11. Questions @ 515-323-5339
Mississippi Paddle Trip #2 With Clinton County Conservation
Mississippi Paddle Trip #2 With Clinton County Conservation @ Rock Creek
Jun 25 all-day
  Mississippi Paddle Trip #2 ~ 9 AM ~ Rock Creek ~ This 7 mile trip takes us across the widest point of the river locking through Lock & Dam 13 then on along the[...]
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Pride Lake Canoe/Kayaking Experience With Scott County 1:00 pm
Pride Lake Canoe/Kayaking Experience With Scott County @ Scott County Park (Pride Lake)
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
22nd ~ Canoe & Kayak Experience ~ 1:00 P.M. ~ Scott County Park (Pride Lake) ~ Join the Wapsi River staff for an adventure with canoes and kayaks. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety,[...]
Kayak Basics Evening @ Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County 6:00 pm
Kayak Basics Evening @ Pinicon Ridge Park, Linn County @ backwaters at Pinicon Ridge Park
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 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[...]
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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.
Jun 27 @ 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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Iowa Summer Games Whitewater Slalom Competition, Charles City
Iowa Summer Games Whitewater Slalom Competition, Charles City
Jun 29 all-day
Jun 29; Iowa Summer Games Whitewater Slalom Competition, Charles City.  Commissioner Piper Wall piperwall@q.com  Info at https://www.iowagames.org/event/summer-iowa-games/
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters 8:30 am
Red Rock Eco Tours with Canoesport Outfitters @ 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park
Jun 29 @ 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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Raccoon River: Adel to Booneville with CanoeSport Outfitters 8:30 am
Raccoon River: Adel to Booneville with CanoeSport Outfitters @ contact store for details
Jun 30 @ 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[...]