Did you know there is almost 18,000 miles of navigable steams across Iowa. For paddlers alike this is fantastic news, as canoers, kayakers and even paddle-boarders can enjoy these waters. Along the way you can camp, explore trails and beautiful local towns, thanks to a magnitude of access points.
You can explore interactive brochures of Iowa’s waterways here
For Eastern Iowa, along the Iowa River Water Trail one can float from Iowa City through Hills, Columbus Junction, Wapello and Oakville, Iowa to end at the Mississippi River.
Along the Maquoketa River Water Trail you’ll pass Pictured Rocks County Park, see outstanding picturesque views and only end eight miles from Monticello.
The North Raccoon River Water Trail is the longest river water trail in Iowa, roughly over 150 miles long. Starting at Sac City, you’ll end just west of Des Moines.
Heard of the bridges of Madison County? While now you can float underneath them on the Middle River Water Trail.
See all the Water Trails here.