FEBRUARY, and the “Show Season” continues.

The “Show Season” continues, with more indoor events of interest to Water Trails supporters, paddlers, and other outdoorsy folks. Next up is the Feb 5-7 Paddle & Pedal Expo in Indianola, then a new Feb 7 Winter Water Fun Fest in Camanche, followed by the renamed Apr 2 Outdoor Adventure Fest in Waterloo /Cedar Falls. We encourage you to support these events and their organizers, learn about trips/gear/skills, and spend time with folks who share your interests.

The February IWTA Newsletter includes two feature articles–one about an innovative program working with Boy Scout and Girl Scout volunteers, and another about the green decals due on many boats by April 30. We hope that you find these articles to be helpful. Access Current and Recent IWTA Newsletters: https://tinyurl.com/IWTA-News-Archive

It is time to renew memberships in the paddling, photography, and environmental or advocacy groups which rely on our support. And remember the “Chickadee Checkoff”—the “Fish and Wildlife Fund” line–on your Iowa State Income Tax form.

Put simply, it’s winter in Iowa , and hypothermia is a very real risk. Proper training, necessary gear, a paddle plan, and the buddy system are especially important for winter paddling. Be careful out there.