Delaware County Conservation has installed a new canoe/kayak access at Hardscrabble Wildlife Area two miles south of Hopkinton.
There was water access to the Maquoketa River at Dunlap Park, but the only place to exit the river after putting in at Dunlap was at Monticello – that made for a long ten to eleven mile excursion on the river. Delaware County Conservation Director Garlyn Glanz says several people asked about the possibility of another access so they could make a shorter float from Dunlap Park, so with the cooperation from Shirley Gates and family, the Conservation Department was able to acquire one acre of land at Hardscrabble – which helped them gain access to the river, making this project a reality.
A grant from the Dubuque Racing Association helped fund the project, allowing conservation staff to install concrete slats that provide a ramp for canoers and kayakers to access the river.
Now, the public can launch their kayaks or canoes at Dunlap Park and paddle the one-point-eight miles to Hardscrabble – or they can put in at Hardscrabble and make a day trip to Monticello.
photo courtesy of Delaware County Conservation