Because the Des Moines River doesn't begin at Hwy 20 and end at Hwy. 92

Canoe and Kayak Links  (Best viewed in Classic mode on mobile devices)

Internet Sites about Trails for Canoes and Kayaks 

DNR Rivers program.  It's wonderful, it's a dream come true.

River gauges, Army Corps of Engineers                      Also see USGS river gauges for Iowa

Get your weather fresh from WHO, plus news and sports

The DNR has an interactive Where You Can Paddle map at  When you click on the XYZ button, you activate the pushpin.  Click any place on the map to select coordinates.  Go to the DDM converter and click on the Copy button.  Go to Google Maps and paste the coordinates, and voila, you can view the access and get directions.

The Iowa Water Trails Association gathers and publishes information on projects and activities on water trails all over Iowa.  A big thank you to Greg Stark.


Find information on the Skunk River Paddlers and lots of good links about paddle sport opportunities in the Mid-West from Greg Vitale and Rick Dietz.

Safed dams.   Information of tapered dams with rock rapids for white water, safe passage for paddlers, and fish migration.  Great work by the Iowa Whitewater Coalition

Central Iowa Paddlers   Interactive calendar, newsletter, hot links, registration, club activities

The Iowa WhiteWater Coalition is working to establish quality recreation areas in several cities

Project AWARE.  Annual week long clean up.

Iowa Rivers Revival  Dedicated to the revival and promotion of Iowa's rivers

Paddling in Iowa


R2G2 river clean up in Polk County

Outdoor Adventure

Iowa's County Conservation Boards offer a variety of river facilities and outings


Books that have been very helpful in discovering and using river access points 


Iowa Boat Launching Directory

<> from the DNR, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, Ia. 50319. 


Iowa Fishing Atlas, Volume II: Rivers & Streams, from The Fishing Atlas Co., P.O.  Box 40, Crystal Lake, Ia. 50432. 

Iowa Atlas and Gazeteer, from Delorme Publishing.

Paddling Iowa by Nate Hoogeveen





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