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The weather may not be seasonable, but there is no shortage of outdoors activities this month in the Quad-Cities. Numerous clubs and groups have events scheduled each of the next four weekends.

From fishing tournaments and bird-watching walks to rooftop yoga, pancake breakfast bicycle rides and road races, this guide we compiled has something for every outdoors enthusiast. You may find me Saturday near the trout-filled pond at Prospect Park, where I plan to practice casting.

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1. Trout fishing

WHEN: 5 a.m. Saturday, April 7 (opening day)

WHERE: Prospect Park, 16th Street/30th Avenue, Moline

DETAILS: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources each spring stocks 54 ponds, lakes and streams, including the two-acre pond at Prospect Park, with about 80,000 rainbow trout. Anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. Go to for more information.

2. Turkey hunting

WHEN: Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 15 (Iowa youth); Saturday, April 7-Sunday, April 8 (Illinois youth)

WHERE: Iowa and Illinois

DETAILS: Regular season dates in Iowa: April 16-19; April 20-24; April 25-May 1; May 2-20; April 16-May 20 (archery). Regular season dates in northern Illinois: April 16-20; April 21-26; April 27-May 2; May 3-May 9; May 10-May 17. Bring your bird to E-Z Livin' Inc. to enter the store's contest. Heaviest bird wins a new turkey decoy. Participants will be entered into a drawing for a Winchester SXP shotgun. Call 309-787-2244 for more information. 

3. QCBC Spring into Bicycling Open House

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Lower reception area at the Freight House between Fresh Deli and Front Street Brewery, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: The Quad-Cities Bicycle Club is hosting this event to promote various rides, including RAGBRAI, TOMRV and the Q-C Criterium. Organizers also will discuss bike safety and lead maintenance demonstrations. Beginner/leisure ride and mid-paced ride will follow open house at 1 p.m. Go to for more information.

4. Pancake Ride Kickoff

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Freight House Farmers Market, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group, participants will ride to the Duck Creek Pancake House and back, about 12 miles total.


Zach Johnson, then 14, helps set up turkey decoys in a field with his father, Jamie, in 2016 at Sherman Park in Calamus, Iowa.

5. Guided Nature Hike

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Hikes are offered on the first Saturday of every month and give visitors an opportunity to experience the environmental changes as the plants and wildlife adapt to the seasons. Suggested $5 donation. Call 563-336-3370 for more information.

6. Crafting for Conservation

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon, Iowa

DETAILS: Learn how to make "no-sew" tote bags and drink coasters out of T-shirts. Bring two old T-shirts and a sharp pair of scissors. All other supplies will be provided. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

7. Trash Cleanup Day

WHEN: 12-3 p.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Sylvan Island, 101 1st Ave., Moline

DETAILS: In preparation for the Sylvan Island Stampede, help clean up trash and debris along the single-track trails. Please bring trash bags and wear proper clothing, including gloves, boots, sturdy shoes and eye protection. Go to for more information.

8. Hike Mines of Spain

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7

WHERE: Mines of Spain Recreation Area, 8991 Bellevue Heights Road, Dubuque

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club for a 1.5-mile, 3-mile or 5.6-mile hike. Water provided; bring your own cup. Go to for more information.


People walk across the new Sylvan Island bridge for the first time in December. The former 145-year-old bridge was closed in 2013. The island is popular among bikers, hikers, bird watchers and anglers.

9. Sylvan Island Stampede X

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, April 8

WHERE: Sylvan Island, 101 1st Ave., Moline

DETAILS: Friends of Off-Road Cycling's mountain biking race around the 35-acre Sylvan Island returns for the 10th time in 14 years. On-site registration opens at 7 a.m. on race day and closes 45 minutes before each race begins. Proceeds benefit Friends of Off-Road Cycling, or FORC, and will be used to purchase materials and tools needed to maintain and improve eight off-road biking trails in the Quad-City area. Volunteers needed; spectators welcome. Go to for more information.

10. Pam Pray Memorial Run/Walk

WHEN: 9 a.m. Sunday, April 8

WHERE: Clinton Masonic Center, 416 S. 1st St., Clinton, Iowa

DETAILS: 4-miler and 1/4-mile children's event; Go to for more information.

11. Trail run

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 9

WHERE: Sunderbruch Park, 4675 Telegraph Road, Davenport

DETAILS: Group run with "trail-loving folks" open to all speeds and abilities. Hosted by Quad-Cities Trail & Ultra Runners (QC-TUR). Runs usually span 3-6 miles. 

12. Pizza Ride Kickoff

WHEN: 5:45 p.m. Thursday, April 12

DETAILS: Ride Duck Creek Parkway to Van's Pizza Pub & Grill, about 9 miles total. Hosted by the River Benders Cycling Group. Go to for more information. 

Moline HS Bass Fishing

Phelps Bohlman, a sophomore on the Moline High School Bass Fishing team, tests out one of his baitcasting reels during a 2017 practice in Pool 14 of the Mississippi River near LeClaire. 

13. In-Fisherman Swap Meet

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island

DETAILS: Buy, sell or trade new or used hunting, fishing or camping equipment. Doors open for vendors at 7 a.m. Free admission and tables. No guns or ammo. Biscuits and gravy breakfast, coffee and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Call 309-793-4820 for more information. 

14. Bird walks

WHEN: 8:45-11 a.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center, 7071 Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois

DETAILS: Hosted by the Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge, walks will be held the second Saturday of each month. Call 815-273-2732 or email to make a reservation.

15. Rooftop yoga

WHEN: 9-10 a.m. Saturdays April 14-Sept. 29

WHERE: UP Skybar, The Current Iowa, 215 N. Main St., Davenport

DETAILS: Class size limited to 40. $15 per person, $3 mat rentals. Go to for more information.

16. Illinois Loop Ride

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 101 17th St., Rock Island

DETAILS: Explore the trails, bike lanes and sharrow routes throughout the Illinois Quad-Cities on this RAGBRAI training ride hosted by the Quad-Cities Bicycle Club. 24 miles. Contact Dixon Novy at 563-221-9093 or for more information. 

Dennis Platt

Davenport resident Dennis Platt leads a group of bicyclists last April through Sunset Park at sunset for the first Q-C Thursday Nite Ride, an outing inspired by events in bigger cities throughout country that aim to educate cyclists and motorists alike about safely sharing the road. 

17. Lourdes Catholic School Fun Run

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Lourdes Catholic School, 1453 Mississippi Blvd., Bettendorf

DETAILS: 5K, children's dash and 1-mile fun run; Go to for more information.

18. Spring Fling

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 3942 291st St., Camanche

DETAILS: Easter egg hunt for children age 1-12 at 10 a.m.; Learn about turtles that live in and around the Mississippi River at 11 a.m.; Paddle in one of Clinton County Conservation's 14-passenger voyageur canoes at 1 p.m. Call 563-259-1876 for more information.

19. Hike Eden Valley

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Eden Valley Nature Center, 1415 50th Ave., Baldwin, Iowa

DETAILS: Join members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club at this 200-acre park in Clinton County, which features limestone bluffs, wildflowers and a swinging bridge over Bear Creek. Water provided; bring your own cup. Go to for more information.

20. Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill annual potluck

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14

WHERE: Muscatine County Extension Office, 1514 Isett Ave., Muscatine

DETAILS: Bring your own placemat, beverage and a dish to share. Call Friends of the Pine Creek Grist Mill President Tom Hanifan at 563-554-4819 for more information.


Eric Shapley of Bettendorf plays disc golf in 2015 at Middle Park in Bettendorf.

21. Bicycle Swap and Show

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, April 15

WHERE: Ruby's Beers, Bikes & Brats, 429 E. 3rd St., Davenport

DETAILS: Swap space $10; show entry $1 per bike. Go to for more information. 

22. Disc golf tournament

WHEN: April 20-22

WHERE: Multiple Quad-City area parks

DETAILS: Players of various skill levels will flood area courses, including ones at West Lake Park and Devils Glen Park, for a tournament called The Rumble, organized by Iron Lion Disc Golf Supply in Moline. Go to for more information. 

23. Bass fishing tournament

WHEN: April 21-22

WHERE: Big Slough Recreation Area, Riverview Road, Thomson, Illinois

DETAILS: Go to for more information.

24. Bandits Race to Home

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and Children's fun run; Go to for more information.


Volunteers sort garbage collected in 2013 during the 10th annual Xstream Cleanup along the Mississippi River in Davenport.

25. Sylvan Island Cleanup Day

WHEN: 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Sylvan Island, 101 1st Ave., Moline

DETAILS: The city of Moline is co-hosting a major cleanup at Sylvan Island to celebrate Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Trash bags, gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided. Interested volunteers should contact Greg Johnson at 309-524-2410 or Go to for more information.

26. Nahant Marsh's Spring Cleanup

WHEN: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Nahant Marsh Education Center, 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport

DETAILS: Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to help. Projects include trash removal from Nahant's newly acquired 40 acres, garlic mustard removal, clay pigeon removal and litter removal along South Concord Street and Wapello Avenue. Gloves, tongs, safety gear, water and snacks will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing and bring a water bottle. Call 563-336-3374 to register large groups. Register online at

27. Spring Volunteer Workday

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Wapsi River Center, 31555 52nd Ave., Dixon, Iowa

DETAILS: Celebrate Earth Day with Scott County Conservation staff and Friends of the Wapsi Center as they clean up the grounds and spruce up the facilities for upcoming events. Wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves and a water bottle. Volunteers also will be filling and installing insect "hotels." A light lunch will be provided. Call 563-328-3286 to register.

28. Spring Refuge Float

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21

WHERE: Rock Creek Marina and Campground, 3942 291st St., Camanche

DETAILS: Paddle the quiet backwaters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Bring water and a snack. Call 563-259-1876 for more information.

Voyaguer canoes

Clinton County Conservation park ranger Ryan Waltz paddles with a crew on one of the new Kevlar voyageur-style canoes in March 2017 at Rock Creek Marina and Campground near Camanche.

29. Gilda's Run for Laughs

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE: The District of Rock Island

DETAILS: 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run; Go to for more information. 

30. Corpuscle Shuffle 

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, 5500 Lakeview Parkway, Davenport

DETAILS: 5K and 1-mile run/walk; Go to for more information. 

31. Girls on the Run Celebration

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE: Credit Island Park, 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport

DETAILS: 5K; Go to for more information. 

32. Prairie Hike

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28

WHERE: Geneseo Prairie Park, Roos Hill Road, Geneseo

DETAILS: Walk along a woodland bluff that overlooks the Hennepin Canal with members of the Black Hawk Hiking Club. Water provided; bring your own cup. Go to for more information.

Black Hawk Hiking Club

Neil West of Bettendorf builds up kindling for a campfire in October 2016 after a hike on private property in Blue Grass. The Black Hawk Hiking Club explored miles of trails on a 250-acre wooded plot. 

33. Walleye fishing tournament

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29

DETAILS: Call E-Z Livin' Inc. at 309-787-2244 to register. Go to for more information about the Quad-City Walleye Club. 


WHEN: 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29

DETAILS: Marathon, half marathon and 5K; Go to for more information. 

35. Full Pink Moon Hike

WHEN: 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 30

WHERE: Phipps Prairie Park, 12th Avenue of the Cities, East Moline

DETAILS: Join members of the Quad-Cities Women's Outdoor Club on this wildflower hike. Participants may also visit the nearby Sisters Park in Silvis. Contact event coordinator Chris Ciasto at to register. Go to for more information.

Smith's Island

Quad-City Times reporter Jack Cullen in late December explores an underground stone structure by the ruins of a home on Smith's Island near Locks and Dam 14 in LeClaire.


Jack Cullen uncovers different slices of life for the Quad-City Times. He previously covered the city of Bettendorf. When he's not reporting, Jack enjoys coaching tennis and exploring the outdoors.