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RAGBRAI XLVII, Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa @ See Details
Jul 21 – Jul 27 all-day

Jul 21-27; RAGBRAI XLVII . Register’s Annual Great Bike Rade Across Iowa. Ride will begin in Council Bluffs, with overnight stops in Atlantic, Winterset, Indianola, Centerville, Fairfield, Burlington, ending in Keokuk. Interesting twist for 2019 is a full day’s ride along the Mississippi River. Route is 427 miles long, with 14,735 feet of climb (eighth flattest in history).

Raccoon River Paddling/Camping Trip with CanoeSport Outfitter @ Walnut Woods State Park (take out)
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

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

Great River Rumble (GRR) Weeklong Paddle Camping Adventure @ Lower Cedar, Iowa, & Mississippi Rivers
Jul 27 – Aug 3 all-day

Jul 27-Aug 3; Great River Rumble (GRR). Annual weeklong paddle with shuttles, campsites, meals, & gear transport. 2019 route will include 106 miles on lower Cedar River, Iowa River, thru Lock & Dam 18 on the Mississippi to Burlington.

32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup @ Island Park in Cedar Falls
Jul 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Who’s ready for the cleanup? It’s almost time!

Join us for the 32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Cleanup

Volunteers will meet Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m., at Island Park in Cedar Falls for a brief meeting and be bused to the launch site C57. We will end at Island Park. Please see “Tickets” to sign up.

Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. will be the Festival with local live music and craft vendors at Spicoli’s Reverb – Live Music and Bar Arcade.

Check back for specific times for the events! :)

We are so excited to see all of you!

32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Festival @ Spicoli's Reverb
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am

Join us for the 32nd annual Cedar River Festival Group Festival

Sunday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. will be the Festival with local live music and craft vendors at

Spicoli’s Reverb – Live Music and Bar Arcade.

Check back for specific times for the events! :)

River Float with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ River Float with Crawdaddy Oudoors
Jul 30 all-day

River Floats
What a great way to spend a summer day! Join the CrawDaddy Crew as they guide you down
rivers in North East Iowa. No prior kayaking experience is required. This summer, we will explore the Cedar,Shell Rock, Wapsi, Volga, Upper Iowa, and the Winnebago rivers. Our weekday floats are verypopular, so sign up early. This trip will be a full day, with 4-6 hours on the water andconsiderable drive/ shuttle time. Bring a sack lunch, snacks and plenty of water.

Cost: $30 rent a kayak; $10 transportation; $20 bring your kayak



Youth Paddle Camp @ Jester Park: Granger
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – Jul 31 @ 3:30 pm

For Youth 12-16 years old. Learn Canoe and Kayaking skills.  Register by July 16. Questions, call 515-323-5339

Kayak Safety Basics with Linn County Conservation @ Pinicon Ridge Park
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Kayak Safety Basics

Tuesday, July 30,  6-8 pm at Pinicon Ridge Park

Have you purchased a new kayak? Would you like some education to help you to become a better, more skilled paddler? The backwaters at Pinicon Ridge Park are a great place to practice and learn about open water kayaking, but in a controlled backwater setting rather than out on a river channel where currents flow.

Join ACA certified kayak instructors as we cover pfd’s, equipment, river etiquette, where to paddle, and safety. We will practice basic strokes, graceful entry and exit of a kayak, and more. This session should be helpful to even experienced paddlers but is ideal for those just getting their feet wet. Participants provide their own kayaks.

Everyone will be required to be wear a lifejacket and should dress to get wet. A towel and dry clothes to change into is recommended. Water shoes are suggested, but an old pair of sneakers would work also.

Youth 10 and up are welcome but must be supervised by an adult.

Preregistration is available through up to 24 hours before the event and is $10 per person

Des Moines River: Boone To Luther with CanoeSport Outfitters @ See store for details
Aug 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Join several staff members of CanoeSport Outfitters for an extended excursion down a local Iowa River. The route will vary as will the distance covered for each trip. This will be a casual float with plenty of planned stops, time to explore our surroundings, and an extended lunch break. Along the way there will be time for coaching and opportunities to practice paddling skills. Staff members and participants will work together to shuttle boats and drivers from the take-out to the put-in and back again.

Experience Level

River Kayaking Fundamental I, River Canoeing Fundamentals I, or an ACA Level 1 Assessment Completion 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.


Each trip will have a designated put-in/take-out that you receive directions to prior to the tour.

​Get geared up and on the water. Staff will have a brief safety orientation to review rescues and on water safety.

​Paddle down the way enjoying the scenery and learning tips to river paddling. We’ll stop on a few sandbars for discussions and lunch.

Trip Includes:

Coordination of the shuttle of boats and paddlers, guidance along the river, and instruction or coaching as needed.


$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

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

Iowa DNR, Canoe School: Swift Water Rescue @ Manchester Whitewater Park
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – Aug 4 @ 5:00 pm

To Register:

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform swift water rescues. The course will focus on using rescue equipment such as throw ropes and the rescue pfd. There will be an emphasis on swimming in current, tethered rope rescues, rescue wading and boat rescues. Main emphasis: Is to provide the knowledge to perform swift water rescues as well as decision making skills during a swift water rescue. Rescue swimming and rope management are integral to this course.

Equipment needed: your own food (snacks, lunch, liquids), suitable paddling gear for air and water temperatures (dress for getting wet, have towels and dry clothes for after), helmet, rescue pfd, throw rope, kayak or canoe paddle suitable for moving water use (possible rocks), whitewater kayak or whitewater useable canoe, air bags/flotation in kayak or canoe, spray skirt for whitewater kayak unless a sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Please bring any additional rescue equipment you might have such as throw rope, carabiners, pulleys or webbing.

This is not a whitewater kayak or canoe skills course, so individuals should have the ability to kayak or canoe independent of the class with the ability to self-rescue. Boating skills that are highly desirable is the ability to ferry in current, perform eddy turns and peel outs. If using a kayak with a spray skirt a kayak role is highly desirable, wet exiting is required. The ability to swim is also required.

Main goal of this course: is to make no more victims so having basic rescue knowledge is essential. This course will introduce new techniques for those unfamiliar with swift water rescue and provide a re-fresher for those experienced rescuers.