The Summer of Paddling continues to provide daily events and opportunities for experienced and new paddlers alike.
While the Summer of Paddling is focused along the entire Mississippi River and its immediate tributaries, events stretch as far west as Fort Dodge when Lizard Creek is designated Iowa’s next water trail on July 13.
This will give Iowa 904 total miles of completed water trails with an additional 600 miles still under development.
“The Summer of Paddling is a fun time for all paddlers and river users, and an educational experience for people who are learning about paddling watercraft, our rivers and recreation on our states waterways,” said Todd Robertson, river programs outreach coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Robertson said interest in padding is on the increase as evidenced by a full introduction to paddling class hosted by the Iowa DNR and Central Iowa Paddlers.
“Take a Friend Paddling Day” includes free instruction for new paddlers and a guided trip down the scenic Iowa River. “While this event is full, there are many other events and opportunities to plug into the Summer of Paddling, regardless of where you live,” Robertson said.
To see a complete listing of events or to add an event, go to the Iowa calendar at http://www.sop2012.org/
Being healthy through paddling is a big focus in Iowa during the Summer of Paddling. Paddlers are encouraged to sign up to track miles paddled and calories burned by registering for free at the Livestrong website.
“The paddler that burns the most calories at the end of the summer will win a free one night stay in a cabin somewhere in Iowa,” Robertson said.
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