Want to get out on the water on a hot summer day? And would you like to be part of an effort to clean up the Des Moines River at Fort Dodge?
An event this Saturday will give people the opportunity to do both of these things. And as a bonus, some participants will have the opportunity to go out on Duck Island in the middle of the river. And don’t forget that there will be free food.
We urge anyone remotely interested in all of this to sign up to be part of a canoe river cleanup which is billed as ‘pick up while paddling’.
Anyone interested in helping should meet at the boat launch near the old Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course. Those wishing to take a longer river trip should assemble at 9am. They will be taken to the Deer Creek access point north of Fort Dodge, where they will launch their canoes into the river for a 10 mile trip downstream to the Sunkissed Meadows boat. ramp.
Those interested in a shorter trip should gather at the boat launch at 9:45 a.m. They will be taken to the Becker Wildlife Area on 170th Street and enter the river for a five-mile trip by downstream.
Once in the water, volunteers will pick up all the trash and trash they can. There will be a few places along the route where they can drop off the things they have collected so that their canoes are not overloaded.
The job should take about three to four hours. When it’s over, there’ll be free food at Amigo’s, 280 N. First St.
Saturday’s initiative is a necessary community service project that could also be a lot of fun.
To get in on the action, call Webster County Conservation at 515-576-4258.
We encourage people to sign up to be part of this river cleanup adventure.