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Recent high rainfall totals throughout Central and Northwest Iowa have led to flooding of the Des Moines River and high lake levels at Saylorville Reservoir. This flooding is having a significant impact on the lower areas of Ledges State Park, which is slated to host The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) on Tuesday, July 24th.

The situation has forced park staff, local public safety officials, and RAGBRAI organizers to re-route RAGBRAI to avoid the park and these flooded areas. The lowest areas along the route are currently under as much as 20 feet of water and levels are not expected to subside by the time the ride comes through.

With approval from the Department of Transportation, the Iowa State Patrol and Boone County officials, riders will now leave Boone eastbound on US Highway 30 and ride approximately 1 mile, turning south on Quill Avenue (R27), where after travelling 3 miles will meet up with the original route. The new route will decrease the day’s distance by 3 miles and remove the much anticipated Ledges State Park hill. We hope riders will return to the area to experience Ledges State Park and ride the hill after the water has subsided.


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