Annual Events



Jan: Indian Creek Nature Center Paddle Day, Cedar Rapids: Presentations, exhibits, and socializing.


Feb: Iowa Paddle & Pedal Expo at CanoeSport Outfitters, Indianola: Exhibits, presentations, factory reps, show specials.


Mar: Canoecopia at Rutabaga in Madison, WI: World’s largest paddling sports show; includes exhibitors from Iowa. 


May:  South Dakota Kayak Challenge, 72 miles on Missouri River: Marathon-endurance paddling race thru 72 miles of wind and waves on the Missouri River between Yankton, S.D. and South Sioux City, Neb. 


May – Jun: Charles City Challenge: WhiteWater Weekend:  Kayak & SUP competition, riverfront activities.


Jun: Forest City Adventure Race, Forest City on Winnebago River WT: Paddling, cycling, running race with individual & group classes.


Jun: Iowa Trails Summit, Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Presentations, demos, exhibits re all types of trails—water, hiking, biking, equestrian, off road, snowmobile.


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, , 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.


Jul: Great River Rumble. Annual Midwest weeklong paddle, shuttles, campsites, meals, gear transport, typically 110 miles with connection to Mississippi River.


Aug: Annual Floatzilla in Quad Cities. Floats, training sessions, food, live music, world record attempt for largest flotilla of kayaks & canoes.

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