Delaware County is home to Iowa’s newest water trail.
The Maquoketa River Water Trail was dedicated on Saturday during “Rhubarb on the River” in Manchester. Officials gathered at the gazebo that overlooks the Whitewater Park, one of the major features of this specific water trail. In fact, the Maquoketa River Water Trail is the first official Iowa water trail to include a whitewater park – and the trail starts in Iowa’s oldest state park.
That’s John Wenck, Water Trails Coordinator for the Iowa DNR. He says the Maquoketa River Water Trail project took several years to develop, with many parties involved.
Delaware County Supervisor Jeff Madlom says it’s been a great project to be part of.
Manchester City Manager Tim Vick sees the potential too.
Wenck says the process followed by the City and County could serve as a model for other communities looking to develop an official water trail.
The Maquoketa River Water Trail has a lot to offer for sightseers, including limestone cliffs, mature oak forests, lowland forests and diverse wildlife. Trail users can slowly float, fish, enjoy a trip through the whitewater park and explore Iowa’s oldest state park.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH; audio contributions from Radio Iowa)