The public is invited to celebrate the beautiful and historic Turkey River on August 11, at Turkey River Rocks! This special day of river activities begins in Elkader and ends downstream at the Motor Mill historic site.
“We are excited to help host this event that will feature the unique attractions found along our stretch of the new Turkey River Trail,” says Roger Thomas, of Main Street Elkader, one of the local sponsors.
“Turkey River Rocks! will be a wonderful day of fun and education about our area that will show off our natural and cultural resources.”
Registration and shuttle service begins at 9 a.m. at Elkader City Park. A program begins at 10 a.m., followed by a scenic three-hour paddle from Elkader to the historic Motor Mill site.
At Motor Mill, there will be interpretive tours, displays and a post-float party with a locally produced meal and entertainment by the band Kindred Minds. After dark, campers at Motor Mill will be able to see the Perseid Meteor Showers.
A $20 per person fee includes paddling insurance, evening meal and music, and camping at Motor Mill. Early signups by July 24 are encouraged to qualify for a free t-shirt and to be guaranteed a meal.
Get more details or register at www.turkeyrivercorridor.com
In case of questions, contact email@example.com or 563-244-3070.
Participants are asked to bring their own canoe or kayak, lifejacket, water, sack lunch and snacks. A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent in advance from Turkey River Outfitters, at www.turkeyriveroutfitters.com 563-245-3802.
The day’s hosts include Main Street Elkader, Clayton County Conservation Board, Motor Mill, Northeast Iowa RC&D, the Turkey River Recreational Corridor, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Bureau, the Fayette County Conservation Board, Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network and Iowa Rivers Revival (IRR).
IRR is a statewide river education and advocacy non-profit organization committed to protecting the state’s rivers and streams, and helping reconnect people to their local waterways.
Local Contacts: Robin Bostrom, Turkey River Recreation Corridor, 563-422-3070, or Roger Thomas, Main Street Elkader, 563-380-8193
Iowa Rivers Revival: Jerry Peckumn, 515-370-0077