Master Plan

The Black Hawk County Water Trails Master Plan is the guiding document for park and recreational developments along the Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek.  The Master Plan covers a wide variety of topics including project recommendations for over two dozen river access areas.

Update: March 18, 2019
The Master Plan is currently being uploaded to this website, one section at a time. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.

The full document and individual chapters will be available to download in PDF format here.  However, the entire plan will also be available on this page.  Check back for updates.

1. Project background

2. Existing conditions:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Water quality
  • Cedar River
    • Access points
    • River management
    • Physical conditions
    • Impaired waters and watershed characteristics
    • Population and development
    • Cultural and historical resources
    • Natural resources
  • Black Hawk Creek
    • Access points
    • River management
    • Physical conditions
    • Impaired waters and watershed characteristics
    • Population and development
    • Cultural and historical resources
    • Natural resources

3. Public input:

  • Public meeting format
  • Survey results
  • Projects recommended by the public

4. Recommendations:

  • Site design considerations and recommendations overview
  • Cedar River:
    • Janesville – Janesville City Park
    • Janesville – New Janesville Access
    • Black Hawk County – Washington Union
    • Black Hawk County – Black Hawk Park
    • Cedar Falls – Island Park
    • Cedar Falls – Olsen Park
    • Cedar Falls – Tourist Park
    • Cedar Falls – Downtown Riverfront, Gateway Park
    • Cedar Falls – Washington Park
    • Iowa DNR – George Wyth State Park
    • Black Hawk County – Sherwood Park
    • Waterloo – Cedar Bend Park
    • Waterloo – Waterloo Boathouse
    • Waterloo – Waterloo Marina
    • Waterloo – Downtown Whitewater Course
    • Waterloo – Pioneer Park
    • Waterloo – Riverview Recreation Area
    • Evansdale – Deerwood Park
    • Waterloo – Cedar Terrace Park
    • Evansdale – New Evansdale Access
    • Black Hawk County – Gilbertville Park
    • Black Hawk County – Cedar River Natural Resource Area
    • Black Hawk County – Cedar River Access
    • Black Hawk County – McFarlane Park
  • Black Hawk Creek:
    • Hudson – Franck Park
    • Waterloo – Ranchero Road
    • Waterloo – Hope Martin Park
  • Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail
  • Additional areas of interest

 

For more information about water trails plans throughout the state, visit the Iowa DNR’s Water Trail Development website.