River Action celebrating 35 years of riverfront achievements!

Help us continue our RiverWay quests for the next 35 years. Click below to see what we've accomplished and find out how you can support our mission to foster the environmental, economic and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad Cities region.

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Learn about unique nature and culture of Quad Cities

River Action's 'Explore the River Series' is back for 2019 with five new "Art Along the River" sessions and the very popular I-74 Bridge construction tours aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi. Online registration now open.

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Celebrate River Action's 35th Anniversary in 2019!

Channel Cat Talks & Riverine Walks - Memorial Day to Labor Day 35th Annual Ride the River - Father's Day - June 16 10th Year! Floatzilla Canoe & Kayak Paddle - August 17 20th Annual Senior Citizen Riverfront Golf Cart Tours - September 5 Taming of the Slough Adventure Triathlon - September 21 Tweed Ride - October 19 Upper Mississippi River Conference - October 23-24

Go green with a recycled rain barrel from River Action

Give a "green" gift to someone on your shopping list or pre-order a 60-gallon, 100% recycled rain barrel for your home. Click on the link below for more information on how to pre-order a rain barrel.


Upper Mississippi River Conference
Oct. 23-24, 2019

The 12th Annual Upper Mississippi River Conference will include sessions on water quality, recreation, eco-tourism, beneficial use of dredging and dredge materials, flood plain management, stewardship, and habitat restoration.

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822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA 52803

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F

Email: riveraction@riveraction.org

Phone: 563-322-2969

Online registration now open

Join River Action for our annual Taming of the Slough Adventure Triathlon Sept. 21. Paddle, mountain bike and run your way to the top.

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Find a wild place in Quad Cities Area

Explore more than 16,000 acres of publicly accessible natural areas in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities region. Visit qcwildplaces.com to view photos and detailed information for your trip into the wild.

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Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks 2019

Check out the 2019 'Explore the River Series'

Explore the river this summer through a program which teaches participants first-hand about the wildlife, history, culture and geology of the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities through Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 28 through August 31.

Join us in learning about the unique nature and culture of the Quad Cities. Check out our schedule below and register online.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to to our sponsors this year: Illinois Humanities, US Bank, Quad City Times, MetroLINK, Mancomm, Greg & Judy Gackle, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

When registering online, the shopping cart will add the two programs (Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks) together unless you "Clear" the cart between viewing the two different shopping cart links below.

Popular I-74 Bridge project tours back

This year there will be a total of eight Channel Cat Talks focused on the new I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Project aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi.

Sorry, the I-74 tours are sold out.

Join Danielle Mulholland, I-74 project manager, as she discusses the planning and construction process for this important east-west link in the nation’s transportation network. You'll learn about the design and building process of the new $1.2 billion bridge and get the latest updates on construction.

The Channel Cat will leave from the Riverbend Commons dock, 2951 East River Dr, Moline. These programs are $20 a person.

Register for Channel Cat Talks/Riverine Walks

CLICK HERE to register online for Channel Cat Talks.

CLICK HERE to register online for Riverine Walks.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2019 Explore the River Series brochure.

If the captain or Riverine Walk leader cancels, a rain date may be scheduled. If you have paid and are unable to attend, River Action will consider your payment a donation. No refunds will be given.

New in 2019 – Art Along the River

For five Sundays, special "Art Along the River" sessions will be held as part of the Explore the River Series.

The programs, which cost $5 for non-members of River Action, include:

  • Poetry along the Banks with poet laureate Dick Stahl, Sunday, May 19. Participants will get a short introduction to the art of poetry writing and have an opportunity to write about a river sight or experience. New location: Schwiebert Park, Rock Island.
  • Painting: The River and its Structures with watercolor artist Tom Hempel, Sunday, June 23. Participants will do a personal individual sketch with coloring. Meet at Bechtel Park, Davenport.
  • Readers' Theater: 2 p.m., Sunday, July 14. New location: Lower Lindsay Park, Davenport, close to the John Bloom statute of two young boys pointing to a ferry on the Mississippi River. We will take a part in a readers' theater drama about various people coming to Iowa across the river. Everyone will have a chance to read a part in the play, but no preparation is necessary in advance. Bring a folding chair and park in the lot near the Channel Cat landing.
  • Native American Drumming with Regina Tsosie, Sunday August 11. Participants will receive an introduction to cultural and artistic aspect of Native American drumming. Meet at Watch Tower Lodge at Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island.
  • Painting: The River Atmosphere with artist Stacey Replinger. Participants will learn techniques for making clouds, the sky, trees and water. After a short painting demonstration, participants will create their own watercolor painting.

To register for any of the five Sunday 'Art Along the River' sessions, CLICK ON THIS LINK, or select from the list of Riverine Walks by clicking on the registration link above.

Volunteers Needed for Channel Cat Talks & Riverine Walks

Flooding forces rescheduling of three Channel Cat Talks

Flooding has delayed the opening of the Channel Cat Water Taxi service this season, resulting in rescheduling of River Action’s “Set Sail," "Photography," and "Hydo-Potential" Channel Cat Talks.

The rescheduled dates and times are:

  • “Set Sail” will be July 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • “Photography” will be July 10 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • “Hydro-Potential” will be September 10 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

For more Information, contact Philip Tunnicliff (ptunnicliff@riveraction.com) at 563-322-2969.

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Davenport, Iowa 52803
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Email: riveraction@riveraction.org

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