Iowa Water Trails Fund

WHY 
OUTDOOR
 RECREATION?

recreating in iowa

Iowa is at the top of several impressive lists that highlight how lucky we are to live, work, and play here. However, when comparative to other states, Iowa is ranked nearly last in public lands and other green spaces that are a key driver for businesses and families when choosing where to plant roots.

Strategic investments in our land and water resources will help strengthen rural communities, support workforce attraction, enhance quality of life, and improve water quality.

water trails vision

The vision for Iowa Water Trails Fund is to reactive statewide water resources creating thriving communities, economies and outdoor experiences for all Iowans, now and in the future.

FOUNDED AT THE CONFLUENCE OF TWO RIVERS, OUR REGION’S BEGINNING IS ROOTED IN WATER.

WHY WATER

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
TOURISM
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
OUTDOOR RECREATION
SAFETY
ATTRACT WORKFORCE

As the Central Iowa Water Trails project has evolved, the opportunity to foster partnerships, (businesses, jurisdictions, non-profits) collaborate and build on successful efforts has become evident.  Iowa Water Trails will bring these projects together for the purposes of sharing resources, building on the success of past efforts and developing cohesive upstream/downstream partnerships for improving water quality and environmental conservation. This fund provides a statewide opportunity to have recreation and conservations efforts go hand in hand and provides a state where outdoor recreation, on water, is sought after nationwide.

As a state, Iowa continues to strive for greatness when it comes to establishing a unique sense of place. A place to work, grow and play. This initiative will help attract and retain top talent as well as draw in visitors who help drive economic development. We have seen the great success of our on-land trails and now it’s time for us to dive into our water.

DID YOU KNOW?

ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, IOWA OUTDOOR RECREATION GENERATES

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