The Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan is Underway

A local planning effort is underway to improve recreational activities, particularly kayaking and canoeing, along the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek in Black Hawk County.  This is a joint effort between several public agencies and community stakeholders:

  • Iowa DNR, River Programs Team
  • Iowa DNR, George Wyth Memorial State Park
  • Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG)
  • Black Hawk County Conservation Board
  • Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • City of Waterloo
  • City of Cedar Falls
  • City of Evansdale
  • City of Hudson
  • City of Janesville
  • City of Gilbertville
  • City of La Porte City
  • Black Hawk Creek Water and Soil Coalition
  • Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau
  • Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
  • Ritland+Kuiper Landscape Architects
  • UNI Department of Earth Science

This effort includes development of a Water Trails Master Plan for the county.  The Master Plan will describe planned improvements to river accesses, particularly improvements related to river launch design, parking, water quality, wildlife habitat, and quality of life.   The Black Hawk County plan will also include unique opportunities for bicyclists interested in pedal-paddle excursions using the area’s extensive paved trails network.

More information on the statewide Water Trails program is on the Iowa DNR website.


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