River Canoeing + Kayaking

take a float down the iowa river

The Iowa River winds itself through the length of the Amana Colonies and provides a very pleasant paddle in the middle of nature. You’ll need to bring your own canoe or kayak, but you can put in upstream near South Amana and float or paddle with the current to the Highway 151 bridge where you’ll find a rustic spot to end your journey.

Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of wildlife. Prepare to get away from the outside world; you might even get out at one of the sand bars during low water for a little sun tanning. If you have your fishing gear and license, you might drop a line into the river.  Catfish and an occasional walleye might take the bait. Check the water level before you come as the Coralville Dam and rain upstream can make the river rise very quickly and can create a swift current at times.

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