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By Pam Reinig

Register Editor


With the last day of school quickly approaching, parent’s, grandparents, care providers and others might be wondering how they will keep youngsters entertained all summer. The folks at the Turkey River Recreational Corridor (TRRC) along with a long list of sponsors have a suggestion—actually 20 suggestions. TRRC is offering its third annual self-paced outdoor adventure that encourages families to explore different stops along the Turkey River in Clayton and Fayette counties.

The Turkey River Safari extends into the fall months. Free safari kits will be available after Memorial Day at area libraries as well as Osborne Nature Center and Gilbertson Nature Center. Each kit includes a guidebook, crayons and a large map.

The 20 sites—10 in Clayton County and 10 in Fayette County—can be visited in any order. Many are accessible on foot or by bike, though most require some driving. At each site, there’s a three-foot high post with a small hard plastic plague with a raised image. Using the crayons provided with the kit, participants make a rubbing of the image within the designated space in the guidebook.

Clayton County sites include: Big Springs Fish Hatchery, Motor Mill Historic Site, Osborne Nature Center, Clayton County Courthouse, Founders’ Park, Elkader Whitewater Feature, Pony Hollow Trail, Turkey River Park, Clayton County Office Building and Frieden Park. Here are the Fayette County attractions: Lima Church and Cemetery, Civil War Monument, Fayette County Courthouse, Eagles Nest, Montauk Historic Site, Echo Valley State Park, Larrabee School, Stoneman, Volga River Recreational Area and Gilbertson Conservation Education Area. 

A primary criterion for each site was 24-hour accessibility.

An Iowa Great Place, the TRRC is unique in its geographic size and potential. Several communities in Clayton and Fayette Counties are linked by the special scenic beauty of the corridor and a shared mission to develop and enhance the existing natural resource base of the TRRC through the creation of land and water trails. For more on the TRRC, visit the organization’s website:

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