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Pick-n-Paddle Iowa River, Schwob to Cappy Russell

August 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pick-n-Paddle Iowa River, Schwob to Cappy Russell

Join Louisa County Conservation for a leisurely paddle from Schwob Access in Wapello to Cappy Russell Access near Oakville, about 10 miles downstream.  High water brings trash and treasures. You’re invited to come and play like an otter- splash, swim, paddle and work to give the river the gift of life. Paddlers will be encouraged to help keep the Iowa River 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, four Pick-n-Paddles have occurred in Louisa County and over 4 tons of trash has been recycled or properly disposed.  Keeping our rivers 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.

When and where are the events?

  • August 14- Iowa River (Schwob to Cappy Russell)- 9 am-4 pm, shuttle
  • October 16- Odessa water trail at Burris Ditch – 9am – noon

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 conservation@louisacountyia.gov

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.



August 14, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Additional Info

Ages: There is no age restriction but children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free

Preregistration: Required
For more info or to register:
Email LCC or call 319-523-8381

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