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DUBUQUE WATER TRAIL. The City of Dubuque, Friends of the Mines of Spain, Dubuque County Conservation Board, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced the opening of the Dubuque Water Trail,developed with the support of a Water Trails Development Grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

A water trail is a path on a waterway connected through signs, maps and access points providing a scenic and educational experience for recreational users. Located in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, the Dubuque Water Trail is 11 miles of shoreline along the western edge of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER and CATFISH CREEK.

Beginning at the A.Y. McDonald Park and Boat Ramp and concluding at Massey Marina Park and Boat Ramp, the trail can be enjoyed by both the novice and experienced paddler. The trail can be enjoyed in its entirety in a day or in segments as time allows. Five access points are offered along the trail, allowing paddler access to the river or an opportunity to exit the river and enjoy land recreational opportunities.

The Water Trail was designated at a ceremony at the American Trust River’s Edge Plaza in the Port of Dubuque on Saturday, June 23, at 9:00 a.m. Paddlers were invited to join the designation ceremony and bring their paddlecraft. Immediately following the ceremony, paddlers were invited to depart on a guided inaugural paddle of the Water Trail from the River’s Edge Plaza and up Catfish Creek. There were two paddling options for the designation ceremony. More experienced paddlers comfortable with a 6.5-mile trip were encouraged to organize and depart from the River's Edge Plaza in the Port following the designation ceremony. Novice paddlers or people seeking a shorter 4- mile trip could organize at the Catfish Creek Canoe Launch in the Mines of Spain at 11:00 a.m. where the group from the River’s Edge Plaza would convene and then travel together up Catfish Creek.



News Release. City of Dubuque. Online: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/2890