It’s official. The website cedarvalleywatertrails.com is now live! Please click around the new site for more information about the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek water trails. Two public meetings will be held this summer to help shape the Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan. They will be held July 31 in Cedar Falls and August 2 in Waterloo, which is the week leading up to Iowa Irish Fest.
Please familiarize yourself with the informational handouts available on this website. The handouts address common questions related to paddling rules and the rivers in general. Printed copies will be available at the public meetings. Hope to see you there!
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.