Connect with your river this Memorial Day Weekend at the Raccoon River Days at Whiterock Conservancy sponsored by Des Moines Water Works. Water is the great equalizer that crosses all imposed boundaries. Rivers connect communities and also protect many of the remaining wildlife corridors throughout the state of Iowa.

The four day festival kicks off on Friday, May 26. Join Whiterock staff and regional naturalist to learn more about your community and watershed:

  • May 26 from 5-8pm: Educational river walk, Water Quality for Life Quality at the River Campground
  • May 27 at 9 am: River Cleanup on the Middle Raccoon River meeting at the River Campground
  • May 27 at 2:30 pm: Soaring the Valley, Clean Water and Birds of Prey – a demonstration program with birds of prey with Saving Our Avian Resources (SOAR) at the River Campground
  • June 10 at 9 am: River Cleanup on the Middle Raccoon River meeting at the River Campground (postponed from May 27 due to high river level)

At the end of Saturday relax at the Blues on the River Concert at the Historic River Dance Barn or put on your dancing shoes as Bob Dorr and the Blue Band put on a show from 7-10 pm on the banks of the Middle Raccoon River.

If you want to see more of Whiterock bring you own UTV or ATV for the Slow Sunday Drive from 2-5pm on (May 28) that starts at the Garst Farm District at 2 pm. The tour will take about three hours and Dr. Bill Clark will talk about the landscape at scenic stops.

The weekend ends with an old fashioned fishing derby for the whole family from 3:30-6 pm on Monday, May 29. Join us at the Garst Farm District ponds located off Highway 141. In addition to catching fish that are good to eat, prizes will be awarded.

Friday and Saturday event are based out of the Whiterock Conservancy River Campground, 1314 Fig Ave, Coon Rapids, IA 50058. Parking for the concert will be at the Carroll County Fairgrounds in Coon Rapids. Sunday and Monday activities will begin at the Garst Farmhouse Ponds, 1390 Highway 141, Coon Rapids, IA. Donations will be accepted at all events. The Slow Sunday Drive costs $25 per ATV.

Call 712 684 2697 for more information.