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Iowa River Maps


The following maps are provided for informational purposes and for basic navigation. They are not intended for accurate navigation.

River levels and flows on Iowa River Levels can be found at USGS.


Big Sioux River

Larchwood to Sioux City


Boone River

Boone River – Hamilton County
DNR – Boone River Water Trail PDF
Webster City to the Des Moines River
West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River


Cedar River

Otranto to Janesville (Charles City Chamber of Commerce)
Otranto to Charles City
Charles City to LaPorte City
Benton County to Cedar County
Project AWARE 2008 Map
Project AWARE 2009 Map
Lower Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek
Cedar River Flatwater Maps
Cedar River Flatwater Paddling Trips


Chariton River

Rathbun Lake to Missouri Border


Des Moines River

Webster County
Boone County
Polk County
Van Buren County
Dolliver State Park to Saylorville
Red Rock Lake to Mississippi River
Des Moines River Water Trail
DNR – Lower Des Moines Water Trail PDF
West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River
Des Moines River Water Trail, Van Buren County (The Villages of Van Buren)


East Fork Des Moines River

Bancroft to the Des Moines River
West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River


English River

Project AWARE 2006 Map


Iowa River

Hardin County
Iowa City to Mississippi
Belmond to Marshalltown
Tama County to Mississippi River
Project AWARE 2012 Map
Project AWARE 2006 Map


Little Sioux River

Spencer to Smithland
Little Sioux River and Mill Creek
Project AWARE 2005 Map


Little Turkey River

Project AWARE 2011 Map


Maquoketa River

Jones County
Strawberry Point to Green Island
Maquoketa River, North Fork of the Maquoketa River and Whitewater Creek


Middle Raccoon River

Dallas and Guthrie Counties
Panora to Van Meter
North, South and Middle Raccoon River
Project AWARE 2007 Map


Middle River

Madison and Adair Counties


North Raccoon River

Sac and Calhoun Counties
Carroll and Green Counties
Dallas County
Sac County to Des Moines
Project AWARE 2007 Map


North and South Skunk River

Keokuk County to Mississippi River


Shell Rock River

Albert Lea, MN to Rockford
Rockford to Janesville
Project AWARE 2008 Map


Skunk River

Story City to New Sharon
Skunk River Water Trail
Skunk River Canoe Trail
North & South Skunk Rivers and Big Cedar Creek
Skunk River Water Trail (Jefferson County section)


Turkey River

Fayette and Clayton Counties
Howard County to Mississippi River
Skunk River Paddlers: Turkey River Map
Project AWARE 2011 Map


Upper Iowa River

Lime Springs to French Creek Bridge
GoNomad – Canoeing the Upper Iowa River
Chimney Rock


Volga River

Langeman’s Ford to Garber
Project AWARE 2011 Map


Wapsipinicon River

Buchanan County
Scott and Clinton Counties
Tripoli to Anamosa
Wapsipinicon River Water Trail
Wapsipinicon River
Project AWARE 2015 Map
Project AWARE 2009 Map
DNR – Wapsipinicon River Water Trail PDF


West Fork Cedar River

Franklin to Black Hawk


West Fork Des Moines River

Petersburg, MN to Humboldt


West Nishnabotna River

Pottawattamie County
Avoca and Atlantic to Hamburg
Project AWARE 2010 Map


Winnebago River

Winnebago County
Project AWARE 2008 Map
Winnebago River Water Trail


Yellow River

Volney Bridge to Hwy 76 Bridge


Other Maps and Brochures

Lake Odessa Water Trail, Louisa County
Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, Waterloo
Water Trails Underway
Lake Rathbun Water Trail


Good Information on Dams in Iowa

Iowa Whitewater Website

PADDLE FEST

January 25, 2020

Mark your calendar for January 25, 2020! CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly, Iowa is hosting the 2nd Annual Paddle Fest at the W in Waverly, Iowa.

Paddle Fest will offer presentations for beginners, seasoned paddlers and river activists. Plan on spending a day in Waverly sharing stories and organizing your next paddling adventure.

 

PADDLE FEST
January 25, 2020
Co-Sponsored: CrawDaddy Outdoors

COST
($10) College Students & Youth under 18 years
($15) Adults
Use this product page to purchase your tickets now, and your name will be added to our registration guest list. Please print confirmation. 

LOCATION              
Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center
100 Wartburg Blvd
Waverly, Iowa 50677


A one-day event dedicated to education, stories, vendor booths, and breakout sessions for paddlers and river activists. Plan on spending a day in Waverly sharing stories and organizing your next paddling adventure.


For More Info: 

https://www.crawdaddyoutdoors.com/crawdaddyoutdoors/classes.htm


2019 Presentations - 2020 sessions coming soon
Presentations
7:00 - 8:00 Pool Session 1
Basic Paddle Stokes, Safety and Boat Control - Darrin Siefken
CrawDaddy Outdoors owner Darrin Siefken will discuss and demonstrate the basics of paddling strokes, safety and boat control.

Whitewater Roll Clinic -Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert
Hannah, a Jackson Kayak Pro Team member along with Marty will go over the basics of whitewater kayaking, roll technique, and troubleshooting why your roll isn't working or needs a little tweak.

8:00 - 9:00 Pool Session 2
Kayak Rescue Techniques -Darrin Siefken
All paddlers experience the inevitable capsize. Darrin will demonstrate a variety of ways to get back in your kayak by yourself and with a helper.

Stand Up Paddleboard Clinic - Hannah Ray J 
Hannah Ray J, Badfish SUP Pro Team Member will demonstrate the basics of SUP, paddles, gear and paddling technique.

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome

9:15 - 10:00 Session 1
Bound for Barrens - Vern Fish
Caribou, cairns, and curling waves are just a few of the images from the shores of Nueltin Lake and the Thlewiaza River. Seals, musk ox, grayling, tombstones, abandon cabins, thundering rapids and the occasional black fly were also part of the adventure. Paddle with me for 300 miles and relive a segment of Ernest Oberholtzer and Billy Magee’s 1912 epic 2000 mile adventure across Northern Manitoba and the Territory of Nunavut to Hudson Bay. 


10:15 - 11:00 Session 2
Kayak Fishing 101 -Tanner Speidel
Join Jackson Kayak and Bending Branches Pro Team Member Tanner Speidel as he goes over the basics and advanced techniques for kayak fishing. Learn about kayaks, fishing gear, kayak fishing accessories and techniques to catch the big ones.

Iowa Paddling Destinations and the Tools to Get There John Wenck - Iowa DNR Water Trails Coordinator and Todd Robertson - Iowa DNR River Programs Outreach Coordinator
With so many streams and lakes in Iowa, there is always somewhere new to paddle and explore. Let's talk about some of the hidden gems and where they are located and review the new tools that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is making available to the public to help you plan your trip.

Iowa Rivers Revival - Molly Hanson
Molly will discuss the role IRR plays in protecting our waterways for water trails.

11:15 - 12:00 Keynote Speaker
Iowa Flood Center Using the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS) to Make Paddling Decisions Daniel Ceynar 
Daniel will be presenting the Iowa Flood Center's (IFC) publicly available online tool called the Iowa Flood Information System (IFIS), and bring an IFC stream gauge to display. IFIS brings together a multitude of tools including all of the stream gauging in Iowa. Daniel is one of the engineers who designed the IFC stream gauges, installed all 250+, is an avid paddler, and a canoe based river clean-up coordinator/participant. He will display IFIS from the perspective of how a paddler might use it to make paddling decisions.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and Speaker
Old Portages and New Country: The Wabakimi Project Ray Tallent
The Wabakimi Project was started by “Uncle Phil” Cotton in 2004. This remarkable endeavor supported dozens of volunteer canoe trips each summer, with the goals of exploring and mapping canoe routes in and around Wabakimi Provincial Park, Ontario. This presentation is a celebration of Phil Cotton, who passed away in May 2018, and a reminiscence on some of the beautiful boreal country he and his widespread crews paddled and portaged. It will include options for travel and how to obtain maps that the Project produced.

1:00 - 1:45 Session 3
Cold Water Paddling - Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert
Hannah and Marty kayak year round. Discover how they keep warm while paddling in the colder months.

Dry Run Creek/Miller Creek Watershed Projects -Josh Balk and Clark Porter
Discover two local creeks in Black Hawk County and the efforts that are being done to protect them. Find out what you as a paddler can do to be a part of the solution.

Kayak Angling Tournaments - Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader
Iowa Kayak Anglers members Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader will discuss the kayak fishing tournament scene in Iowa. They will discuss tournaments and how to prepare for and compete in a kayak fishing tournament.

2:00 - 2:45 Session 4
Boundary Water Kids and Families - Waverly Families
Find out about the awesome trips several Waverly dads have completed with their kids over the past two summers. They have done a dad and daughter trip as well as a dad and son trip. Discover the fun they have had, how to plan a trip, and the pitfalls that have come with taking on this adventure.

Black Hawk Co Water Trails - Codie Leseman 
An overview of the Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan as they move toward official State designation of the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek Water Trails.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Brian Fankhauser 
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has been protecting Iowa's land, water and wildlife for nearly 40 years. Your invited to hear how this statewide, non-profit organization partners with other groups and individuals to protect the natural resources we all cherish. The presentation will focus on protection efforts along popular water trails and rivers, with a focus on one of the most scenic and recreated rivers in Iowa, the Upper Iowa River. 

2:45 - 3:15 Community Share
This is your opportunity to share with those in attendance anything you want to regarding paddling groups, trips, questions, or anything else related to paddling.


3:15 - ? Reception at CrawDaddy Outdoors
We will have an afterhours reception back at the store only for those in attendance at Paddle Fest. Join us for some beverages and snacks as well as some great deals throughout the store. Deals are found on the next page.

After Hours Deals at CrawDaddy Outdoors
15% off 2018 Kayaks
25% off 2017 Kayaks
25% off in stock Pedal Drive Kayaks (excludes Jackson and Blue Sky Boatworks)
40% off clothing
25% off everything else in the store.

Exhibitors
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation - Brian Fankhauser
Iowa Flood Center - Daniel Ceynar
Cedar Valley Paddlers - Pam Wolter
Iowa River Revival - Molly Hanson 
Black Hawk Co Water Trails - Codie Leseman
Dry Run Creek/Miller Creek Watershed Projects -Josh Balk and Clark Porter
Iowa DNR Water Trails Program - John Wenck and Todd Robertson
Iowa Kayak Anglers - Tyler Cole and Scott Schrader
Charles City Whitewater Park
Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau
Odessa Water Trail - Katie Hammond and Dan Hall

 

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