MAHASKA COUNTY —
With what most would call ideal weather conditions, many area residents took to the waters of the Des Moines River Saturday.
Dave Sedivec, director of the Mahaska County Conservation Board, said Saturday's float was done in cooperation with the Mahaska Wellness Coalition.
Sedivec said the purpose of the canoe and kayak float was to provide people with an alternative to running on a treadmill or around a track in order to improve their health.
“They get out here, they can enjoy nature, plus benefit their health at the same time,” said Sedivec.
Canoeing and kayaking can be somewhat of a full-body workout. Although there's a good amount of upper-body exercise with paddling a kayak or canoe, the lower body can get a workout, as well, noted Sedivec. He said that the lower body can get exercise when bracing one's legs in a kayak and helping to steer the vessel with the tilting of the body.
“It's a pretty good overall workout,” Sedivec said.
Those in canoes and kayaks began their Saturday float at Eveland Access, just southwest of Oskaloosa. Sedivec said that, from there, they'd float toward a boat ramp on the west side of Eddyville.
People participating in Saturday's canoe and kayak float were in for an experience on the Des Moines River lasting about five hours, noted Sedivec.
Sedivec said conservation boards from Marion County and Wapello County worked in cooperation with the Mahaska County Conservation board for Saturday's canoe and kayak float on the Des Moines River.
“We appreciate all the people taking part in an event like this,” said Sedivec. “This is a good way for us to promote the outdoors and living healthy at the same time.”
Sedivec said canoeing is a “lifetime activity.” He explained that families can do this kind of thing for many years, while pointing out that everyone from toddlers to senior citizens can participate.