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Please keep mind that, “due to recent flooding,” water levels may still be high, accesses may be difficult to use getting on or off the trail, new strainers and other obstacles may have been created, and planned events may have been canceled, rescheduled, or relocated.
According to the Iowa DNR, the recent wet weather may delay the onset of fall colors. Mother Nature’s fall decorations are a great motivation to pack a lunch and enjoy an Iowa WT. Iowa paddlers are probably familiar with a relaxing float past multicolored slopes and emerging rock outcroppings. But those without a boat, or without an interest in paddling, can enjoy much of the same by just visiting a WT access, with lawn chair or fishing pole optional. If your favorite river isn’t cooperating, try a local lake. For weekly updates on fall color around Iowa contact the DNR fall color hotline at 515-233-4110. A pdf version of the weekly updates along with other fall color information can be found at www.iowadnr.gov/fallcolor For fall festivals, scenic byways, places to stay and other ways to enjoy fall in Iowa, visit http://www.traveliowa.com/
It’s also the season to contact your legislators and share your concerns/ideas/opinions about improving water quality, funding the Water and Land Legacy, or other issues of interest to WT supporters. Most proposals or initiatives will be developed well before the legislative session begins on Jan 9, 2017. It’s best to speak up now.