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Iowa River in Iowa

Trip Overview

Took to a new part of the Iowa River the other day and had a great, short trip. We put in just south of the dam at Steamboat Rock. There's river access to the immediate south of the dam (north of D35) but there's a much easier access point, less rocks, to the south of D35 on the east side of the river.

There's small rapids here and there, but a pretty easy ride. Paddling rather steadily, the trip from Steamboat Rock to Eldora (Pine Lake) took right around an hour.

Accommodations:

Access point to the river only

Fees:

No fees or permits. Small parking lot.

Directions:

Access point is off of D35 on the west side of Steamboat Rock.

Resources:

No maps or books.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

Locations on this Trip