Canoeing in Iowa

Canoeing Trips in Iowa

With a river or creek in nearly every county in Iowa, you are never far from a potential paddling destination! Find canoeing trips in Iowa for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for canoe rentals, a self-guided trip, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoeing trip in Iowa for you. If you've paddled Iowa before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

Planning the trip of a lifetime? Check out these safe paddling tips and always wear your life jacket

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Guide to Canoeing in Iowa

Iowa is rich with good rivers to canoe, many offering a remote feeling as you paddle past wooded shores. Explore some of these paddling destinations in Iowa:

  • Des Moines River
  • North Raccoon River
  • Lake Red Rock
  • Turkey River

Canoeing Locations In Iowa

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Iowa! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip in Iowa

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Iowa and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Iowa community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in Iowa

Are you looking to connect with other canoeists about going canoeing in Iowa? Check out the Message Boards for resources to help you get started.