The drought has led to low stream flows in Iowa. As a result, water recreation has been limited in many parts of the state.
Lots of Iowa’s rivers are so low that paddlers find their vessels stuck on shoals far more often than most years. Additionally, some companies that rent out tubes, canoes and kayaks have had to curtail their business due to the low stream flows.
Barges in the lower Mississippi River have not suffered too much from the low stream flows, but they have had to lighten their loads to lower the risk of hitting shoals.
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