The opening of Paint Creek Valley adds 2.1 additional miles of publicly accessible trout water in Iowa. The property was purchased by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation a decade after the project was initially pursued, and now has been transferred to the Iowa DNR. It totals 368 acres of land in Allamakee County, just southeast of the town of Waterville along White Pine Rd and adjacent to the Yellow River State Forest.
Many conservation groups were involved in funding the project, including Trout Unlimited North Bear. I’m pumped to get out and explore this new stretch. I’ve fished upstream, and immediately downstream with success. There are some deep pools that likely hold big fish in those areas, and I imagine this new portion between them is similar.