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Canoeing & Kayaking


Canoeing the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County, IA
Lake canoeing in Cerro Gordo County, IA
Fast water in Briggs Woods Park in Hamilton County, IA
Canoeing the Wapsipinicon River on a canoe trip in Linn County, IA



One of the best and "green" ways to explore Iowa is via a canoe or kayak on any one of hundreds of lakes, streams, rivers or ponds across the state. Nearly 600 county conservation areas allow canoeing/kayaking through over 675 stream or river accesses. Whether it is a quiet float down an interior river or stream in scenic northeast Iowa, or challenging the great Missouri River to the west along the Loess Hills - great opportunities abound! Iowa is still developing a listing of fast-water availability around the state - but by utilizing these many accesses already provided, many diverse experiences await your exploration!

Find a location to join in on the fun!

» Alton Roadside Park - Sioux County » Martin Access - Cherokee County
» Ambroson Recreation Area - Winnebago County » Matsell Bridge Natural Area - Linn County
» Annett Nature Center and Park - Warren County » Mc Farlane Park - Black Hawk County
» Askew Bridge/Cambridge Pond - Story County » Middle River Forest Area - Adair County
» Averydale Access - Cerro Gordo County » Midway Park - Woodbury County
» Bank Swallow Bend Wildlife Area - Warren County » Mike Zack Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Becker Wildlife Area - Webster County » Mill Creek Park - O'Brien County
» Bell's Mill Park - Hamilton County » Millsite River Access - Plymouth County
» Bennett Access - Mitchell County » Nelson Park - Crawford County
» Benton City-Fry Recreation Area (River Park) - Benton County » North Cedar Natural Area - Linn County
» Big Sioux Park - Plymouth County » Oak Grove Big Sioux Park - Sioux County
» Big Sioux Recreation Area - Sioux County » Otranto Park - Mitchell County
» Blue-Bill Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County » Outdoor Educational Classroom - Cass County
» Blue-Wing Marsh - Cerro Gordo County » Pammel State Park - Madison County
» Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course - Hamilton County » Paris Bridge Natural Area - Linn County
» Brown's Lake - Woodbury County » Pinicon Ridge Park - Linn County
» Bruce Schomaker Recreational Area - Sioux County » Prairie Heritage Center - O'Brien County
» Cedar Bridge Park - Mitchell County » Riverside Park - Mitchell County
» Chain Lakes Natural Area - Linn County » Robert "Chic" McGlaughlin Easement Access - Buchanan County
» Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt - Polk County » Roberts Creek Park - Marion County
» Claybanks Forest - Cerro Gordo County » Rock Creek Marina & Campground - Clinton County
» Cold Springs Park - Cass County » Rock Sioux Access - Sioux County
» Copeland Park Access - Woodbury County » Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area - Muscatine County
» Dahle Park - Winnebago County » Settlers Canoe Access - Sioux County
» Deer Creek - Webster County » Shewmaker Park - Decatur County
» Dog Creek Park - O'Brien County » Snyder Bend Park - Woodbury County
» Douma Park - O'Brien County » South Cedar Natural Area - Linn County
» Easter Lake Park - Polk County » Southeast Wildwood - Plymouth County
» Fairview Area - Sioux County » Southwood Conservation Area - Woodbury County
» Fontana Park - Buchanan County » Spooky Hallow Canoe Access - Dickinson County
» Forest Reserve - Marshall County » Springer Woods - Decatur County
» Fort Des Moines Park - Polk County » Strand Park - Cerro Gordo County
» Furrow Access - Marshall County » Sturchler Pit Area - Buena Vista County
» Gabrielson Park - Gustafson Lake - Buena Vista County » T-38 Access - Mitchell County
» Garfield Wildlife Area - Sioux County » Thorpe Park/County Conservation Offices - Winnebago County
» Green Castle Recreation Area - Marshall County » Three Bridges County Park - Marshall County
» Halvorson Park - Mitchell County » Three Elms Area and Access - Buchanan County
» Hillview Recreation Area - Plymouth County » Three Waters Wildlife Area - Buena Vista County
» Horseshoe Bend Recreational Area - Dickinson County » Timmons Grove Park - Marshall County
» Inkpaduta Access - Woodbury County » Troy Mills River Access - Linn County
» Interstate Park - Mitchell County » Troy Mills Wapsi Access - Buchanan County
» Iron Bridge Access - Buchanan County » Twin Forks Canoe Access - Dickinson County
» Jay G. Sigmund Memorial Site - Linn County » Valley Canoe Access - Fayette County
» Jester, Lewis A., Park - Polk County » VandeWeerd Pit - Sioux County
» Joinerville Park - Jackson County » Wakpicada Natural Area - Linn County
» Kennedy Memorial Park - Webster County » Wapsi Environmental Center - Scott County
» Kingfisher Hollow - Cerro Gordo County » Wapsipinicon River Access - Buchanan County
» Koutny Pond/Hoffman Woods - Buchanan County » Water's Edge Nature Center - Kossuth County
» Kuhn Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County » White Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Lande River Conservation Area - Winnebago County » Willow Lake Recreation Area - Harrison County
» Lime Creek Nature Center & Conservation Area - Cerro Gordo County » Winnebago Oxbow - Cerro Gordo County
» Linn Grove Dam Area - Buena Vista County » Winnebago River Water Trail - Winnebago County
» Little Sioux Park - Woodbury County » Winterfeld Boating & Fishing - Sioux County
» Lost Acres - Webster County » Yellow Banks Park - Polk County
» Mallard Marsh - Cerro Gordo County » Zirbel Slough - Cerro Gordo County
» Maquoketa River Water Trail - Jackson County




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