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18th National Trails Symposium Quad Cities October 19-22, 2006

Trails for America: Every Where, Every Way, Every Day!

Mobile Workshop Details


photo of boat on river

A towboat at the Corps of Engineers lock on the Mississippi River


Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes box lunch)
Cost: $20.00

Smith's Island Nature Trail was designated in 2003 as a National Recreation Trail. Smith's Island is unique among other Mississippi River islands because of its ability to maintain an upland habitat. While on this tour you will learn the importance of community partnerships in trail building and maintenance. We will also discuss what was involved in getting our trail designated as a National Recreation Trail.

Included in this workshop is a guided tour of Lock and Dam 14. A Corps of Engineers Park Ranger will give you an exciting look at how the Mississippi River is used in today's world. Learn about towboats, the people who work on them, and the locking process. You may even get a chance to see a towboat with barges locking through! Topics covered during your lock and dam tour are river history, lock and dam operation, towboats, barges, cargo, river hazards and much more. The lock and dam tour is accessible and requires good walking shoes (no sandals or open toes). The lock and dam tour is weather dependent. Smith's Island Nature Trail is less than a mile in length and has a flat, unpaved, woodchip surface.


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