The Cedar River at Charles City, upstream from the whitewater course.
We planned to spend the day tubing on the Cedar River at the new whitewater course in Charles City. It was 90+ degrees outside with a heat index north of 100 and getting wet sounded like good relief. But we neglected to check the river levels, and when we arrived it was obvious the water was too high.
The river was even too swift for the kayakers who were hanging out. People from Prairie Rapids Paddlers, who spearheaded the course, and outfitter CrawDaddy Outdoors of Waverly were there getting filmed for Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Outdoors” program. The crew also had a boom to lift a camera over the water. I’ll have to check the listings to see what the episode looks like.

Instead of tubing, we walked down the river and found a spot to spend time wading and tossing rocks into the current, so it wasn’t a wasted trip.

Next time, I’ll have to check the conditions at the whitewater course’s webcam.

Here’s another link to the course …