Paddle trip set on Iowa, Mississippi rivers
An afternoon history float trip is planned from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 21 on the Iowa River.
The trip will take paddlers down the final 5 miles of the Iowa River, beginning at Cappy Russell Access near Oakville to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The trip will then run upstream half a mile to the Toolesboro Boat Landing and former site of Burris City.
Paddlers will explore the ancient and colorful past of the river and learn about its historical uses, from the mound builders to steamboat days.
Kathy Dice, naturalist with Louisa County Conservation, will be along to share her perspective of how past civilizations used the river.
Participants can begin the day with an optional program about Burris City 9-11 a.m. at the Toolesboro Indian Mounds & Museum, with local historian Ron Kerr.
Burris City, just north of the junction of the Iowa and Mississippi rivers, was a booming town in its day.
A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available at no charge for participants who don’t have their own, and shuttle service will be provided.
The event is free but participation is limited to 20 boats. Since the trip involves a stretch of the Mississippi River, participants should have some paddling experience. Children ages 16 and under must be in a boat with an adult.
Preregistration is required. For preregistration and information, visit the website www.LouisaCountyConservation.org or call 319-523-8381. A packet of detailed information about the trip, including a map and shuttling instructions, is available on the website.
The float trip is an official Iowa River Water Trail event.