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Canoeing the Upper Iowa River in Winneshiek County, IA
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!

» 265th Street Bridge Access - Story County
» Matsell Bridge Natural Area - Linn County
» Alton Roadside Park - Sioux County
» Maynes Grove - Franklin County
» Ambroson Recreation Area - Winnebago County
» McFarland Park - Story County
» Anderson Canoe Access - Story County
» McFarlane Park - Black Hawk County
» Annett Nature Center and Park - Warren County
» Middle River Forest Area - Adair County
» Askew Bridge/Cambridge Pond - Story County
» Midway Park - Woodbury County
» Averydale Access - Cerro Gordo County
» Mike Zack Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Bank Swallow Bend Wildlife Area - Warren County
» Mill Creek Park - O'Brien County
» Beaver Meadows - Butler County
» Millsite River Access - Plymouth County
» Becker Wildlife Area - Webster County
» Motor Mill Historic Site - Clayton County
» Bell's Mill Park - Hamilton County
» Nelson Park - Crawford County
» Bennett Access - Mitchell County
» North Cedar Natural Area - Linn County
» Bennett Access - Carroll County
» Oak Grove & Big Sioux Park - Sioux County
» Benton City Park - Benton County
» Oakland Mills Park - Henry County
» Big Hollow Recreation Area - Des Moines County
» Otranto Park - Mitchell County
» Big Sioux Park - Plymouth County
» Big Sioux Recreation Area - Sioux County
» Oxford Mills - Jones County
» Big Spring Campground - Clayton County
» Ozark Wildlife Area - Jackson County
» Big Woods Lake Campground - Black Hawk County
» Pammel State Park - Madison County
» Bigelow Park - Brown's Lake - Woodbury County
» Paris Bridge Natural Area - Linn County
» Blue-Bill Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Peterson Park - Story County
» Blue-Wing Marsh - Cerro Gordo County
» Peterson Park Access - Story County
» Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course - Hamilton County
» Pictured Rocks - Jones County
» Pinicon Ridge Park - Linn County
» C.J. Shreck Access - Story County
» Prairie Heritage Center - O'Brien County
» Calhoun Wildlife Area - Calhoun County
» Redfield Dam - Dallas County
» Camp Comfort Recreation Area - Butler County
» Renning Landing - Butler County
» Cedar Bridge Park - Mitchell County
» Riverside Park - Carroll County
» Central Park - Jones County
» Riverside Park - Mitchell County
» Chain Lakes Natural Area - Linn County
» Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt - Polk County
» Roberts Creek Park - Marion County
» Claybanks Forest - Cerro Gordo County
» Robison Wildlife Acres - Story County
» Cold Springs Park - Cass County
» Rock Bluff Park - Wapello County
» Copeland Park Access - Woodbury County
» Rock Creek Marina & Campground - Clinton County
» Cordova Park - Marion County
» Rock Sioux Access - Sioux County
» Dahle Park - Winnebago County
» Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area - Muscatine County
» Dakins Lake - Story County
» Sawmill Hollow Wildlife Area - Harrison County
» Deep Lakes Park - Muscatine County
» Schaben Park - Harrison County
» Deer Creek - Webster County
» Scharnberg Park - Clay County
» Dog Creek Park - O'Brien County
» Settlers Canoe Access - Sioux County
» Don Williams Recreation Area - Boone County
» Douma Park - O'Brien County
» Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve - Cerro Gordo County
» E-18 Greenbelt Access - Story County
» Shewmaker Park - Decatur County
» Easter Lake Park - Polk County
» Skunk River Greenbelt - Story County
» Fairview Area - Sioux County
» Sleepy Hollow - Story County
» Fontana Park - Buchanan County
» Snyder Bend Park - Woodbury County
» Forest Reserve - Marshall County
» Soper's Mill - Story County
» Fort Des Moines Park - Polk County
» South Cedar Natural Area - Linn County
» Southeast Wildwood - Plymouth County
» Frieden Park - Clayton County
» Southwood Conservation Area - Woodbury County
» Furrow Access - Marshall County
» Springer Woods - Decatur County
» Gabrielson Park - Gustafson Lake - Buena Vista County
» Strand Park - Cerro Gordo County
» Garfield Wildlife Area - Sioux County
» Sturchler Pit Area - Buena Vista County
» Goranson Access - Cerro Gordo County
» Swan Lake State Park - Carroll County
» Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve - Wapello County
» Sycamore Natural Area - Wapello County
» Green Castle Recreation Area - Marshall County
» T-38 Access - Mitchell County
» Halvorson Park - Mitchell County
» Hanging Rock - Dallas County
» Three Bridges County Park - Marshall County
» Three Elms Area and Access - Buchanan County
» Hickory Grove Park - Story County
» Three Mile Recreational Area - Union County
» Hillview Recreation Area - Plymouth County
» Three Waters Wildlife Area - Buena Vista County
» Inkpaduta Access - Woodbury County
» Timmons Grove Park - Marshall County
» Interstate Park - Mitchell County
» Tower Rock - Hardin County
» Troy Mills River Access - Linn County
» Jay G. Sigmund Memorial Site - Linn County
» Troy Mills Wapsi Access - Buchanan County
» Jester, Lewis A., Park - Polk County
» Turkey River Park - Clayton County
» Joinerville Park - Jackson County
» Kennedy Memorial Park - Webster County
» Vande Weerd Pit - Sioux County
» Kingfisher Hollow - Cerro Gordo County
» Wakpicada Natural Area - Linn County
» Koutny Pond/Hoffman Woods - Buchanan County
» Wapsi Environmental Center - Scott County
» Kuhn Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Wapsipinicon River Access - Buchanan County
» Lande River Conservation Area - Winnebago County
» Water's Edge Nature Center - Kossuth County
» Lekwa Access - Story County
» White Wildlife Area - Cerro Gordo County
» Wilkinson Pioneer Park - Cerro Gordo County
» Linn Grove Dam Area - Buena Vista County
» Willow Lake Recreation Area - Harrison County
» Little Sioux Park - Woodbury County
» Winnebago Oxbow - Cerro Gordo County
» Little Wall Lake Park - Hamilton County
» Winnebago River Water Trail - Winnebago County
» Mac Coon Access - Jefferson County
» Winterfeld Pond - Sioux County
» Mallard Marsh - Cerro Gordo County
» Wunsch Memorial Park - Butler County
» Maquoketa River Water Trail - Jackson County
» Yellow Banks Park - Polk County
» Martin Access - Cherokee County
» Zirbel Slough - Cerro Gordo County
» Massillon Park - Cedar County
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