River critters, wildlife paddle planned
Spend a delightful day on the Iowa River learning about the creatures that live there from wildlife biologist Jim Pease.
The paddle will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 beginning at Schwob Landing in Wapello and ending at Cappy Russell Access near Oakville. The event is free, but pre-registration is required and participation is limited to 20 boats.
Pease, a Burlington native who has paddled southeast Iowa rivers since the age of 12, is now a wildlife and interpretive specialist who will provide an entertaining and educational experience on the leisurely 10-mile paddle.
Pease brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a teacher, interpreter, writer, consultant, director of the Master Conservationist program, developer of Iowa’s new Master River Stewards program and a regular guest on Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” program.
A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available at no charge for participants who don’t have their own.
The paddle is open to everyone, but children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and additional information are available at www.iowariverwatertrail.com or by calling 319-523-8381. A packet of detailed information about the trip, including a map and shuttling instructions is available for download on the website.
The Iowa River Water Trail is one of 19 official water trails in Iowa. The paddling trip is co-sponsored by Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development, Louisa County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.