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North Raccoon River Water Trail

Paddling with pleasure down a beautiful Iowa river

Six counties in central Iowa

Over 100 supporters and future paddlers celebrated the North Raccoon River Water Trail, 160 miles of river that flow through six counties in central Iowa. Local river supporters, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trails Program, and the Raccoon River Watershed Association were joined by Iowa’s Congressional delegation for a day of celebration including food, music, and fantastic paddling. The National Park Service’s River, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program provided technical assistance to the Greene County Conservation Board by helping to design the detailed water trail guide map. The map includes local business information, land trails in the area, town festivals, and specific paddling routes for beginners. The project’s success was due to many partners, including Central Iowa Paddlers, Iowa Whitewater Coalition, and Dallas County Conservation Board, and has inspired the creation of an online toolkit for developing other water trails.

Photo: Paddling with pleasure down a beautiful Iowa river
– NPS/David Thomson

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