Pinicon Ridge Park

Canoeing & Kayaking at Pinicon Ridge Park

watercraft concession
watercraft concession
Paris shuttle trip


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


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!  Volleyballs, horseshoes and various snacks are also available at the concession for a nominal fee.



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.


Watercraft Concession brochure


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





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 Open M - F from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and weekends & holidays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the season. 

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



Closed late September until the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.


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

Shuttle Trip Information & Prices
Advance Reservations (at least 24 hours) Required

2 canoe minimum

Deposit is 60% of total fee.

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.