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County officials are working to regulate canoers and kayakers at the Dahly Bridge

Posted: Mon, May 11, 2020 11:49 AM

The Dahly Bridge has always been one of the most popular put-ins on the Upper Iowa River.  But then the bridge was destroyed on May 5th of 2017 when a grain truck weighing over 30 tons crossed the bridge--which had a three-ton weight limit.  The bridge collapsed.

The bridge has since been rebuilt, which means canoers and kayakers are heading back to the bridge.  Neighboring property owners are upset with the amount of traffic now and have put up signs saying "No Trespassing."  However, according to county officials, some of the signs have been put up on county property.  Sheriff Dan Marx says the property owners have every right to keep tourists off their property—but can't keep them off public property.

County Supervisor John Beard says the problem should be resolved after people get into the habit of using the correct river access.

County officials will meet with neighboring property owners on Tuesday to discuss the issue.  They're hoping to convince the property owners to reinstall some fences which had been on their private property, as a way to keep canoers and kayakers on the correct property.