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Coming Soon: Turkey River Whitewater Feature

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Coming Soon: Turkey River Whitewater Feature

The Turkey River Whitewater Feature will be a signature project for the 98+ mile TurkeyRiver Water Trail as well as the Turkey River Recreational Corridor. Elkader, Clermont and Elgin as well as the counties of Clayton and Fayette comprise the Turkey River RecreationalCorridor, which has been designated an Iowa Great Place.

Since the 2008 flood, residents of Elkader have been working on plans for the developmentof the riverfront and the adjacent park area. Development of the whitewater feature is oneelement of the riverfront plan. This, along with improved access points, stepped limestoneseating areas, and a recreational trail along the river, will help reclaim the Turkey River waterfront for recreation and tourism. The whitewater feature will cater to water trail users who enjoy kayaking, boogie boarding, tubing and fishing. The feature will be at the low-head dam, or “Little Dam,” near the former fire station on South Main Street, which will be modified with placement of large and small habitat boulders and a wave catalyst structure. The habitat boulders will improve fishing in the area.