Raccoon River Paddling/Camping Trip with CanoeSport Outfitter

July 26, 2019 – July 27, 2019 all-day
Walnut Woods State Park (take out)
CanoeSport Outfitter

Join CanoeSport Outfitters for an overnight canoe and kayak camping trip on the Raccoon River. The trip will begin at Adel Island Park where we’ll discuss packing your canoe or kayak. On the water CanoeSport will handle group safety, provide paddling tips, and select a sand bar for camping. We’ll discuss camping methods and share some tips from our years of guiding to remote locations. Around a fire we can share some stories and have s’mores. In the morning we’ll have breakfast and wrap up the trip at Walnut Woods State Park.

Experience Level 

River Kayaking Fundamental I or River Canoeing Fundamentals I.

What To Bring

Bring your paddling and camping gear or rent it from CanoeSport Outfitters. If you bring your own kayak be sure it has enough space for all required gear and bow and stern bulkheads. Don’t forget your camping gear, food, and personal items all in dry bags. CanoeSport has a limited supply of camping gear available for rent. We’ll provide a more detailed list of suggested equipment prior to the class.


Meet Saturday morning at Walnut Woods State Park (take-out). Arrange a shuttle of gear and boats to Adel Island Park and Campground. Pack up our gear and set off down river. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the Raccoon River. We’ll stop periodically on sand bars for a swim, lunch, and to explore the shore line. Saturday night we’ll camp in the vicinity of Van Meter/Booneville (approximately 1/2 way). Sunday we’ll enjoy a sand bar breakfast and continue our journey down river arriving at our take out mid afternoon.

Trip Includes: 

Guidance along the route, kayak packing guidance, and assistance with camping from a canoe or kayak.

Price: $107

Equipment Rental 

*Outfitting prices are in addition to the base price of the trip

Water Ready Outfitting = $74.90 (includes kayak, paddle, PFD, bilge pump, paddle float, and up to 3 dry bags)

Camp Side Outfitting = $42.80 (includes tent/ground cloth, sleeping bag/pad, and cook set)

Directions: We meet at the take out and will leave vehicles here. CanoeSport will have a trailer to load up and car pool to put in.

After signing up for the class you will receive a confirmation email with details about location, gear, expectations, etc.

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080