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Paddle the Iowa

August 19, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come to the Amana Colonies for a four hour paddle trip on the Iowa River! Hop in the river with your kayak or canoe in South Amana and paddle down the river to Homestead. This event is self-guided and doesn’t have a specific start time. We suggest getting on the river around 10:00 am and packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the many sandbars along the way.

You must have a life jacket for each person in the river, and you should wear it at all times to be safe.

From 9:00 am – 11:00 am, the Visitors Center will run a free shuttle between the South Amana and Homestead. So that you can drop your kayaks or canoes off in South Amana and then park your vehicle in Homestead to be ready for you when you finish the paddle. If you wish to use the shuttle service, please click the link: Paddle the Iowa Shuttle Info

Unfortunately we are unable to provide canoe rentals on site this year. Please bring your own canoe or kayak. 

This event is subject to weather and river conditions. If it is not safe to be on the river, we will post this event as cancelled on the calendar and will make an announcement on The Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page.

*Please note the South Amana Public Access Ramp is dirt and sand; The route is walkable and drivable with large/tall vehicles, but some smaller vehicles will not be able to make it down to the river. Please use caution. 

Here are some links to information about kayaking and canoeing in Iowa as well as river safety:

2023 Paddle the Iowa Waiver

Canoeing & Kayaking: Iowa DNR

Canoeing & Kayaking: Iowa DNR (Water Levels and Weather)

Canoeing & Kayaking: Iowa DNR (Safety Tips and Paddling Regulations)



August 19, 2023
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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