Studies of pre-impoundment boating activity were made in the Saylorville reservoir area, Polk County, Iowa, from June 1968 to December 1969. The peak period of boating on the Des Moines River in the area occurred in August and September, but because of low water, flat-bottomed boats and canoes made up about 78% (392 of 506) of river craft seen. An increase in large pleasure boats was observed during high river flow in early summer 1969. Most boating took place on weekend and holiday afternoons. Most boaters and canoeists had at least a high-school education, reported incomes of over $7000, and participated as members of 1- or 2-family groups, plus friends. Most of them visited the area either 2 or 3 times or 5 or 6 times per year. Boating and canoeing were common in conjunction with other activities. Many canoeists were young people from summer camps located 14 to 18 mile upstream near Madrid and Boone. Overall use of the area by boaters and canoeists was light.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Lenning, Richard E.
"Pre-lmpoundment Boating Activity in the Saylorville Reservoir Area,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 77(1), 47-54.
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