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Keosauqua Fall 2008

Scenic views in Van Buren County

South Des Moines River update

It was a great day to paddle upstream from Bentonsport. The current was moderate, there was adequate water for paddling, a great blue heron led me upstream for a half hour before I turned back.

The floods took a toll on Van Buren County, and I hope there is some water trail program money to replace damaged kiosks and lost signs. Boat ramps will need to be fixed, and Austin Park took a big hit from an ice dam this past winter. We wish the county and state workers the best in their repair efforts.

It was great to talk with water trail friends. The new bridge at Keosauqua is fantastic, with design cues from the classic arched span it replaces. What's new is a pedestrian walkway going south and a wide bike path going north, plus gorgeous period lighting.

Plus the library in Keosauqua is getting a makeover and there are fantastic mums at Iron and Lace in Bentonsport. And I am pleased to report that the SSTs at Farmington and Bentonsport (the sweet smelling toilets that are truly a marvel) were undamaged by the floods.
Bridge sign
Bridge sign
Kiosks for the water trail
Kiosks for the water trail
Water trail sign
Water trail sign
New bridge at Keo
New bridge at Keo
Looking upriver
Looking upriver
Great bend at Keo
Great bend at Keo
From the Hotel Manning
From the Hotel Manning
J40 at Bentonsport
J40 at Bentonsport
Riverside trail sign
Riverside trail sign
Iron and Lace
Iron and Lace
Vernon-Bentonsport bridge
Vernon-Bentonsport bridge
SST at Bentonsport
SST at Bentonsport