Join Louisa County Conservation for a leisurely paddle on the Odessa Water Trail. We will put in and take out from the Burris Ditch boat ramp. Snacks and a thank you gift will be provided. High water brings trash and treasures. You’re invited to come and play, paddle and work to give the river the gift of life. Paddlers will be encouraged to help keep the area clean by collecting trash along the way. There will also be a short break where participants can perform water quality tests to better understand water quality.
To date, five Pick-n-Paddles have occurred in Louisa County and over 5 tons of trash has been recycled or properly disposed. Keeping our waterways free of debris and monitoring water quality improves water trails for everyone!
This FREE paddling opportunity would be perfect for your service organization including FFA, Scouts or 4H club.
We have canoes for participants to borrow or they can use their own canoe or kayak. We also provide gloves, trash bags, trash tongs, and smiles.
How do I register?
Registration for the paddle is limited to 20 spots. To reserve a spot call 319-523-8381 or email.
Let us know how many folks, their names, and email and we can send each participant a registration packet that includes what to bring, a map and the waiver.
For each paddle, registration close the Friday before at noon.
What types of items will we be picking up?
At volunteer clean ups we avoid having volunteers pick up anything that looks dangerous (no sharps or broken glass). Hazardous Material is also carefully handled by staff only. Otherwise volunteers can choose to pick up any litter to their ability and comfort level. The most common item is plastic packaging and plastic bottles.
Recycling and disposing of waste safely and responsibly costs money! How is this event possible?
These events are made possible from a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Louisa County. EarthEcho International has provided the water quality test kits. Support has also been provided by N-Compass, Inc., the nonprofit that organizes Iowa Project AWARE. Gloves donated by Ansell Protective Products and trash bags from the Can Shed LLC.