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The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail along Gateway Park and the Cedar River will be closed starting September 11, 2023 for up to one year for the construction of the Cedar River Recreational Project. Follow detour signs to bypass this area.
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222 days ago
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Park Avenue bridge replacement project. Detour signs will be posted.
Date Posted
662 days ago
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Shaulis Road Trail is closed at Hess Road/La Porte road intersection.
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826 days ago
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Bridge construction at 11th Street, trails closed both sides of river under the bridge
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539 days ago
Water Trail

Black Hawk Creek Trail

13.8 mi
Distance
2 hr
Time
Water
Surface
Creek
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Water
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk, Grundy
Category: Greenway

Black Hawk Creek Water Trail

Black Hawk Creek is a meandering stream beginning in Grundy County and traveling northeast into Black Hawk County before ultimately draining into the Cedar River. The total length of the creek within Black Hawk County is 21.3 miles, and the total length trail length is 13.8 miles.

The Black Hawk Creek water trail is for intermediate to advanced paddlers because the stream has sharp bends, narrow channel, low water, logjams and other water related obstacles.

Black Hawk Creek starts around Hope Martin Park in Waterloo and goes down to Franck Park in Hudson.

Each of the three access points along the Black Hawk Creek water trail study area exist within a city. The public land surrounding the creek in Hudson is owned by Black Hawk County, while the lands in Waterloo are owned by the City of Waterloo. In Waterloo, these lands are known collectively as the Katoski Greenbelt.

  • Frank Park
  • Ranchero Road
  • Hope Martin Park

The Black Hawk Creek water trail has a huge variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including boating, fishing, bird watching, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, playgrounds, golf, and restaurants.

Trail Activities

What you can do

Boating

Picnicking

Fishing

Nature Trips

Wildlife

Hiking

Walking

Nearby Amenities

Useful features & facilities

Water Fountains

Grills

Restrooms

Parking

Picnic Shelters

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