Iowa town to develop white water park

ELKDADER, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa city has decided to take economic advantage of a river that has imperiled the town over the years.

Elkader (el-KAY’-duhr) is developing a white water park that will let rafters use a stretch of the Turkey River that flows through town.

The river flooded Elkader in 2008.

Station KCRG ( says workers will put massive boulders in the bed of the river this fall to build up what is now a small dam, creating a park of sorts.

Tom Gifford is coordinating the project, and he says the park operators won’t have to ferry kayaks or rafts from point to point. Rather, people using a variety of watercrafts will be able to stay in downtown Elkader and sample the offerings from local retailers and restaurants.


Information from: KCRG-TV,

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