Pinicon Ridge Park

Canoeing & Kayaking at Pinicon Ridge Park

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The Watercraft Concession has been a special feature available at Pinicon Ridge park since the early 1970s.  

 

 IN-PARK RENTALS

The concession provides in-park rentals of paddleboats, canoes and kayaks. Calm backwater channels and the slow-flowing Wapsipinicon River provide miles of water trails throughout the park. Campsites and picnic areas along the waterways allow you to paddle right up to your family & friends! Frisbees, volleyballs, horseshoes and various snacks are also available at the concession for a nominal fee.

 

CANOE TRIPS

All shuttles require at least a 24-hour reservation notice.

Visitors are shuttled to one of the three up river drop points on the Wapsipinicon River.  The float trip back to the park is very scenic and proceeds at a relatively slow pace.  

Shuttles leave at fixed times:

·         9 a.m.  (6 hour trip)

·         11a.m. (4 hour trip)

·         1 p.m. (2 hour trip)

Groups must arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure for a pre-trip orientation.  

All canoes are due back at the concession by 4:30 p.m. 

Groups of any size can be accommodated, pending equipment availability. Call for details.

FEES ARE LISTED BELOW

Locations

The Watercraft Concession is located on the day-use side of Pinicon Ridge Park near the boat ramps at 4861 Horseshoe Falls Rd, Central City, IA 52214.

 

Features

 

Hours

The Watercraft Concession at Pinicon Ridge Park is open seven days a week from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in August.  It is open weekends only to the end of September. (It may also be open on weekends prior to and after this period as weather and river conditions permit.)

Reservations may be made by contacting the concession in person or by phone at 319-438-1961 (M-F from 1p.m. – 5p.m., weekends & holidays from 10a.m. – 6p.m.).

Staff can also be reached at the main Pinicon Ridge Park office at 319-438-6616.

 

Closed

Closed late September until the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Fees

In-park Rentals
Canoes & Kayaks $10/hour or $25/day $35 overnight rental for registered campers
Paddleboat $10/hour
Life Jackets $1/hour
Frisbees $1/hour
Horseshoes $1/hour
Volleyball $1/hour

Shuttle Trip Information & Prices
Advance Reservations Required
Length     Allotment*     Weekend Departures**     Cost    
2 hour      3 hours             1 PM                             $25/canoe
4 hours    5.5 hours         11 AM                            $30/canoe
6 hour      7 hours             9 AM                             $35/canoe

* Minimum of $25 per canoe/per hour surcharge for each canoe which returns beyond the time allotment.
**Weekday trips must be on the water by noon.
24-hour advance notice of reservation required.
Weekday trips receive a $5/canoe discount