LINKS TO GENERAL INFO
This page provides links to a variety of sources of info of interest to Water Trails users. For links to specific Water Trails and Whitewater sites, visit the “Water Trails” page.
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Iowa Paddling Chronology Updated 2017: The original “Chronology of Paddling in Iowa” document was developed by Rick Dietz and Robin Fortney, and shared with attendees during the 2008 Canoe Sport Outfitters Iowa Paddlesport Expo. With their encouragement and assistance, IWTA has revised this living document with additional events and dates, researched and solicited from numerous sources among our readers. We hope you enjoy this look back at our state’s history, interesting characters, notable disasters and achievements, and many items relating to the pursuit of recreational paddling. Please forward additions, corrections, or comments to Gregg Stark at email@example.com. Iowa Paddling Chronology 171227
Iowa Camera Club Listings Updated Late 2017: Camera clubs can provide formal and informal learning opportunities, mentoring, encouragement and organized photo outings, as well as socializing with folks who share similar interests. Iowa Paddle Clubs EOY 2017
IWTA Guide for Event Planning, Checklist, News Release, Follow Through 2013: This guide focuses on the marketing of a WT event from planning through execution, then offers hints on how to maximize the benefits to be derived immediately following the event. IWTA Event Planning, Checklist, News Release, Follow Through Doc
LINKS TO GENERAL WATER TRAIL & PADDLING INFO
Iowa Water Trails Association:
IWTA facilitates exchange of info for developers, supporters, and users of Iowa water trails. Subscribe to free, monthly email IWTA Newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/IWTASubscribe , contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit website at http://iowawatertrails.org/.
Iowa Paddling Forum:
Online info, events, exchange of Q&A for paddlers of all interests and skill levels. Excellent source of whitewater info, free.
National paddlers website; boat data, test reports, classified ads, and advice about paddling and paddling activities from around the country, free.
Real Time Levels and Flow Rates for Iowa Rivers, USGS:
Iowa DNR Water Trail Maps and Brochures:
Iowa DNR, River Programs, Iowa Water Trails:
Book “Paddling Iowa,” by Nate Hoogeveen: Otter Run Media, 184 pages, 3rd Edition 2012
LINKS TO NATURE EDUCATION CENTERS, PARKS, CAMPING
Iowa State Parks: Locations, facilities, contact info, camping reservations:
County Conservation Boards: Websites, newsletters, event calendars, parks, nature centers, facilities, camping, lakes, water trails. Centralized access for all 99 Iowa counties:
Indian Creek Nature Center (ICNC) in Cedar Rapids: Year-round nature education center, sponsor of annual ICNC Paddle Day:
LINKS TO PADDLER GROUPS & CLUBS
Cedar Valley Paddlers: club based in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Annual events calendar, membership dues. http://cedarvalleypaddler.wixsite.com/home email to email@example.com
Central Iowa Paddlers: club based in Central Iowa, members statewide. Annual events calendar, dues.
Iowa Whitewater Coalition: group based in Central Iowa, dues.
Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe and Kayak Club: Quad Cities, dues.
Skunk River Paddlers: club based in Ames,
LINKS TO FULL-SERVICE PADDLE SHOPS, RENTALS, LESSONS, TRIPS
CanoeSport Outfitters in Indianola hosts the February Iowa Outdoor Expo, stocks boats and gear for paddling and cycling. Events, trips, classes, & products at:
CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly supports the March NE Iowa PaddleFest, stocks boats and gear for paddling, camping and other outdoor activities. Events, classes, trips, products at: http://crawdaddyoutdoors.com/crawdaddy-events/
Seatasea Watersports in Cedar Rapids closed its business in December 2015.
LINKS TO IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Iowa DNR home page.
Iowa DNR publications.
Iowa DNR, River Programs, Iowa Water Trails. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/CanoeingKayaking.aspx
Iowa DNR, Water Trails Development Manual.
Iowa DNR, Iowa Water Trail Construction Volunteer Email Advisory. Contact Luke Wright. firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa DNR/ACA “Smart Start for Safe Paddling” brochure.
Iowa DNR Fishing Reports.
Iowa DNR guidelines for display of registration decals and numbers, other legal requirements. http://www.boat-ed.com/ia/handbook/register.htm#more/
IOWATER-sponsored cleanup events across the state. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/WaterQuality/WaterMonitoring/IOWATER.aspx
Iowa Outdoors Magazine.
Iowa Outdoors Show on Iowa Public Television.
LINKS TO ANNUAL EVENTS INVOLVING IOWANS
Jan; Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day, Cedar Rapids. Presentations, exhibits, and socializing. www.indiancreeknaturecenter.org/
Feb; Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo at CanoeSport Outfitters, Indianola. Exhibits, presentations, factory reps, show specials. http://www.canoesportoutfitters.com/index.php
Mar; Canoecopia at Rutabaga in Madison, WI. World’s largest paddling sports show; includes exhibitors from Iowa. http://www.canoecopia.com/canoecopia/page.asp?pgid=1001
Mar; NE Iowa Paddlefest, Cedar Falls. Keynote speaker, concurrent presentations, heated pool sessions. http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Black-Hawk/Park/Hartman-Reserve-Nature-Center/Events/5383/Northeast-Iowa-Paddle-Fest.aspx
May-Jun; Charles City Challenge: WhiteWater Weekend. Kayak & SUP competition, riverfront activities. www.CCWhiteWater.com
Jun; Forest City Adventure Race, Forest City on Winnebago River WT. Paddling, cycling, running race with individual & group classes. www.CCWhiteWater.com
Jun; Iowa Trails Summit, Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Presentations, demos, exhibits re all types of trails—water, hiking, biking, equestrian, offroad, snowmobile. http://www.iowadot.gov/iowabikes/trailsummit.html
Jun; Great Iowa River Canoe & Kayak Race, Sturgis Ferry Park to Hills Access on Iowa River WT. Course 9.25 miles, divisions for Canoe, Kayak, Racing, Recreational, Youth, Paddleboard, & Company Challenge. Iowa Valley RC&D, www.ivrcd.org , click on “Projects.”
Jul; Iowa DNR Project AWARE (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition). A 5-7 day paddling, camping, cleanup, and educational adventure along an Iowa river. www.iowaprojectaware.com
Jul; Great River Rumble. Annual Midwest weeklong paddle, shuttles, campsites, meals, gear transport, typically 110 miles with connection to Mississippi River. http://www.riverrumble.org/
Aug; Annual Floatzilla in Quad Cities. Floats, training sessions, food, live music, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes. http://www.floatzilla.org/
LINKS TO ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING WATER TRAILS, WATERWAYS, & PADDLERS
Iowa Water Trails Association.
IWTA facilitates exchange of info for developers, supporters, and users of Iowa water trails. Subscribe to free monthly email IWTA Newsletter at https://tinyurl.com/IWTASubscribe , contact via email at email@example.com, visit website at http://iowawatertrails.org/
Iowa Rivers Revival.
IRR is a statewide organization promoting the importance of our rivers and the many economic, environmental and recreational resources they provide for our state. Sign up to receive IRR’s e-News, firstname.lastname@example.org. More info about IRR at
Iowa Environmental Council.
IEC, an alliance of over 60 diverse organizations, works to protect Iowa’s natural environment in pursuit of a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future. Find info and signups for action alerts and e-news bulletins at http://www.iaenvironment.org/
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
The INHF protects and restores Iowa’s land, water, and wildlife through partnerships with Iowa landowners. www.inhf.org
Cedar River Watershed Coalition.
Multi-jurisdictional group works to coordinate & communicate efforts to improve management of the entire Cedar River watershed; request addition to email list at CEDARRIVERCOALITION@LIST.UIOWA.EDU
Raccoon River Watershed Association.
RRWA provides a website, newsletter, advocacy, & strong emphasis on scientific research, delivering education, entertainment, & an excellent model for similar organizations. http://www.northraccoon.org/North_Raccoon/RRWA.html
Iowa River Friends.
IRF is a group of citizens, organized in 2013, dedicated to enjoying, protecting, and improving the entire Iowa River watershed. http://iowariverfriends.org/
Lake Macbride Conservancy.
LMC works to maintain the unique status, natural beauty, and safe use of Lake Macbride.
Clean Water Starts With Us.
This is a free quarterly newsletter about watershed improvement, published by IDNR, IDALS, & USDA.
LINKS TO SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS, ONLINE FIELD GUIDES
Iowa Audubon Society.
Statewide organization with 12 local chapters, works to identify birds, protect & restore habitat, and educate Iowa’s citizens. Info and links to local chapters.
Iowa Ornithologists’ Union.
Iowa bird info, sightings, etc.
Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA).
Programs, events, speakers, research & excavation updates, links to numerous resources.
Insects of Iowa website.
HerpNet – Field Guide to Iowa Reptiles and Amphibians.
State Historical Society of Iowa.
Museum in Des Moines, historic sites, events & programs, research library, online exhibits.
Iowa Fungi website, Iowa State University.
Assists in the identification and study of fungi.
LINKS TO BLOGS RELATING TO IOWA PADDLING & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
“Larry Stone’s Iowa” blog, by Larry Stone.
“Little Red Kayak” blog, by Julie Ohde.
“Out About Iowa” blog, by John Pearson.
“Take It Outside” blog, by Iowa DNR.
“Travel Iowa” blog, by Iowa Tourism Office.