The Iowa River Water Trail dedication ceremony and paddling event has been postponed from May 7 to August 6, due to fast currents and cold water. The schedule of events will remain the same.
"Safety is always our first concern," said Todd Robertson, rivers program outreach coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "The combination of cold and fast moving water can be dangerous for all paddlers, but especially with inexperienced paddlers and children we often have on these trips."
While the ceremony will be delayed until August 6, information about paddling the Iowa River Trail is available now.
Signs are in place to help paddlers locate accesses in Johnson and Louisa counties. This segment of the Iowa River Water Trail begins in Iowa City and continues to the confluence with the Mississippi River, a total of 72 river miles unobstructed by dams. For more information about the trail, visit http://www.iowariverwatertrail.com/ or call 319-523-8381 to receive a brochure/map by mail.
The Iowa River Water Trail project is a collaborative effort led by Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation, Louisa County Conservation and Johnson County Conservation boards. Other partners include the cities of Iowa City and Wapello, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Louisa Development Group. Additional sponsors for the dedication float are Iowa Valley RC&D, Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County and Hills Bank & Trust.