Maquoketa River Fall Colors Paddle

Maquoketa River Water Trail, Jackson County

Friday, October 14, 2022

Join the Jones, Jackson, and Dubuque County Conservation Department Staff on Friday, October 14th for a “Maquoketa River Fall Colors Paddle” OWLS (Older Livelier Wiser Souls) Event. This year’s 9.6 mile paddle will take us from the HWY 136 River Access to the Canton Bridge Access along the South Fork of the Maquoketa River.  

Learn a little about the archaeology, history, and geology of the area through a short presentation before we begin paddling.  Then prepare to enjoy the beauties of autumn as we float past heavily wooded bluffs, bedrock boulders, rocky outcroppings, scenic vistas, and remnants of forgone times.     

Participants should bring their own kayak or canoes, paddles, pfd’s, dry bags, extra dry clothing, warm aquatic footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks/lunch, and drinking water. A limited number of kayaks and equipment are available for rent.   This outing is river level and weather dependent. Participants should meet at 8:30 AM at the HWY 136 Access to drop off watercraft and participants and at 9 AM at the Canton Bridge Access to drop off vehicles and shuttle drivers back to the put-in site.  Introductions, history, and safety talk will take place at 10 AM at the HWY 136 Access.  Those planning on attending should pre-register at  

Older Wiser Livelier (OWL) events are sponsored by Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones County Conservation Departments.  OWL programs offer the opportunity for like-minded adults to get together and have a great time while learning more about the world around them. OWLS host speakers as well plan trips throughout the tri-state area.

To Register

This event is accepting email reservations.Register at least 48 hours before event. Call or email to register.


Maquoketa River Fall Colors Paddle


Friday, October 14, 2022
10:00 AM


Hurstville Interpretive Center
18670 63rd Street.
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-3783
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