A river access in Anthon, Iowa, is similar to the access Manning plans to create near Milwaukee Trestle Park for people to access the west side of the Nishnabotna River. (Photo provided by Cody Forch)
A river access in Anthon, Iowa, is similar to the access Manning plans to create near Milwaukee Trestle Park for people to access the west side of the Nishnabotna River. (Photo provided by Cody Forch)

June 13, 2019

Manning soon will have an access point available for fishermen or anyone wanting to canoe or kayak down Nishnabotna River.

The City of Manning currently is in the works of planning and creating an access onto the river and hopes to have the project complete by this fall, said Dawn Meyer, the city administrator of Manning.

“It will have both paddling access and fishing access,” she said.

Meyer said the engineering for the access, which will be built near Milwaukee Trestle Park, is complete, so the total remaining cost of the project is about $50,000.

So far, the city has secured about about $30,000 for the access, which includes donations and an Iowa Great Places grant. Manning currently is applying for more grants and continuing to fundraise, Meyer said.

Right now it is difficult for anyone to get down onto the river, Meyer said. With this new access, people will be able to partake in more outdoor activities, and schools may even be able to use it to study different ecological systems, she said.

This is the first step to get to a point where you can get to the river,” she said. “I think fishing has always been popular in this area. The river is really one of the only resources we haven’t tapped into yet.”