South Skunk River in Story County designated as Iowa Water Trail

STORY COUNTY, Iowa- The South Skunk River has been designated a State Water Trails. It begins in Story City and ends at the southern edge of the Story County line. It's a section that's popular with paddlers, anglers, and mixed-use trail users.

“In my previous experience with the establishment of State Water Trails in North Central Iowa, I have personally witnessed the positive impacts of water-related outdoor recreation,” said Pat Shehan, special projects ranger with Story County Conservation. “Designating the South Skunk River as a State Water Trail will only further enhance the already popular South Skunk River, encourage use and enjoyment by the public, and bring additional awareness of issues such as water quality and need for improved recreational opportunities in Iowa.”

Todd Robertson, outreach coordinator for the Iowa DNR said, “There has been an explosion of river activity lately, especially with tubing and kayaking. With that comes the need to communicate, maintain, and manage the river resource. Water trails do that. They help river users with signage, maps and brochures, but there are also maintenance and management responsibilities identified among the water trail partners”.

(Pictured: Story County Conservation Board Chair Jim Pease)