Red Rock Adventure Tours with CanoeSport Outfitters

April 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp
CanoeSport Outfitter

Join us for an extended excursion along the limestone cliffs and to the sea cave along the Elk Rock State Park shoreline. The route and distance covered will vary according to weather conditions and the experience level of the group. We’ll start at Ranger Point and paddle back to the west. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the local “sea cave,” including the chance to paddle through it. We’ll follow the high sandstone cliffs and explore the coves and beaches along the way. Our experienced instructors and guides will help make this exploration a fun, safe, and exciting day.

Experience Level 

Kayaking Fundamentals I or ACA Level 1 Assessment Card

What To Bring

Bring your kayak and kayaking gear or rent it from CanoeSport Outfitters. Either way be sure to bring your lunch, plenty to drink, sunscreen, and a change of dry clothes in a dry bag. If you bring your own kayak it must have at least one bulkhead or be a sit-on-top and be at least 12’ in length.


Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

Weather permitting the group will head east to explore the high cliffs and bays along Elk Rock State Park. Your guide will discuss the history of the area, including some interesting stories about underwater towns and outlaws. You’ll hear about how the valley was formed and see some fossils. You’ll make your way to the local “sea” cave and paddle through it if water levels permit.

Near the end of Elk Rock State Park the group will discuss a crossing and decide whether to head across to the Cordova Cliffs. If you do you’ll paddle back west along the north shore and either cross at the mile-long bridge or continue under it to explore the western part of the lake. Along the way you’ll make a few stops, including one to enjoy lunch and friendly conversation.

Trip Includes: 

Guidance along the route and an informative program by the guide.


$42.80 – without kayak rental. Bring your own gear (see above ‘What to Bring’ for requirements)

$64.20 – includes kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental with CanoeSport

Contact info:

203 W. Salem Ave.

Indianola, IA 50125

Store Tel: 515-961-6117

Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080