Developing Water Trails in Iowa

Initiated, funded, and mandated by the Iowa General Assembly and Governor Chester J. Culver.

Practical guidelines and templates for planning, site design, signage and construction in the state of Iowa.

Water trails offer an amazing way to experience remote areas of Iowa. Paddling provides both exercise and relaxation. Beyond directly benefiting people, the thoughtful development and management of water trails offers Iowa a chance to protect fragile ecosystems, as well as to gradually restore low-quality stream reaches and watersheds. Use of water trails, in turn, draws public attention to the state’s surface waters and riparian landscapes and can demonstrate the relationship between water quality and land management.

 

Webinars on YouTube that you might like

Community Driven: How Engagement Guides the Vision and Planning of a Community Wide Trail Network

Apr 25, 2024

With an emphasis on community wide trail networks, the best practices explored in this session will better equip professionals and community members toward creating vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable communities through trail development.

Grand Canyon Greenway: From Vision to Reality

Apr 4, 2024

This webinar will feature three members of the original design team who will take attendees through the vision, design, and development process to develop the Grand Canyon Greenway.

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