Try it before you buy it!
Crawdaddy Outdoors Kayak Demo Days – August 4, 9 & 23
Try out different kayaks before you commit to a purchase! Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly. This is located 1 mile west of the Hwy 3 and Hwy 218 intersection. Turn south on Aspen Avenue and follow the gravel until you reach the lake.
Take a trip down a beautiful River!
The Great River Rumble– July 28 – Aug 4
Join other river lovers and travel 102 miles down two Midwestern Rivers! Paddle the Des Moines and Mississippi rivers from Keosauqua, IA to Hannibal, MO. July 28 -August 4, 2018
Learn some new skills and Appreciate Nature!
Full Moon Float – July 27 & August 26
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is offering opportunities to float on Gray’s Lake under the stars and listen to the calming sounds of the night. Rentals are offered 8:30 – 11 p.m. and are $6 per boat per half hour.
Stand up Paddleboarding– August 1, 9, & 21
Join Des Moines Parks and Recreation at Greys’s Lake and learn the skills and knowledge needed to SUP in a flat water setting.
Prairie Lakes Conference – August 9-11
Take part in a unique opportunity for lake management professionals, citizens and researchers to come together and focus on improving the water quality of the outstanding lake resources found in the Midwest. Stay for the weekend and take in the all-day event at the Okoboji Blue Water Festival. Find out more information at: https://www.okobojibluewaterfestival.com.
Help clean up our waterways!
Yeader Creek Cleanup – July 28
Join INHF, United By Blue, Active Endeavors, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Polk County Conservation and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District for a creek cleanup at Ewing.
River Run Garbage Grab – August 10
17th Annual River Run Garbage Grab gives volunteers the opportunity to remove trash from the river or along its adjacent trails–paddlers, rowers, power boaters, walkers, hikers, bicyclers, mountain bikers, birders, etc are all welcome!
4 Mile Creek Clean up – August 10
Polk Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a clean-up site along Fourmile Creek as part of the Annual River Run Garbage Grab. Meet at the Fourmile Community Recreation Center and then walking along and in the creek (depending on water level) picking up trash.