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Paddlers warned to avoid bridge construction area on Raccoon River until debris has been removed

Booneville, Iowa - Bridge construction that began last year over the Raccoon River in Dallas County is creating a hazard for paddlers.

The construction site, just a few miles downstream of the popular Booneville River Access, has steel pilings and debris spanning most of the river. Paddlers and river users should avoid paddling from Booneville to Walnut Woods until the debris and equipment is removed in about six weeks.

“You can still start your paddle trip at the Puckerbrush Access about eight miles upstream of the Booneville Access and then end the trip at Booneville,” said Todd Robertson, River Programs outreach coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

A map of the North Raccoon River Water Trail is available on the Iowa DNR website at www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Canoeing-Kayaking/Water-Trail-Maps-Brochures

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