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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.
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.
Guidance along the route, kayak packing guidance, and assistance with camping from a canoe or kayak.
*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.
203 W. Salem Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125
Store Tel: 515-961-6117
Toll Free: 1-800-257-6080
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. http://www.riverrumble.org/
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!
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
For Youth 12-16 years old. Learn Canoe and Kayaking skills. Register by July 16. Questions, call 515-323-5339
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 Linncountyparks.com up to 24 hours before the event and is $10 per person
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.
Get off the couch and into a kayak. Kayaking is a great leisure time recreational activity that can
be enjoyed by individuals or the whole family. The CrawDaddy fleet of 16+ kayaks provides
options for every kayaking interest from river floats to specialized fishing kayaks. Visit our web-
site for specific models or call the store to request a demo of a model. Be sure to demo paddles
and PFD’s to round out your kayak purchase.
To register, go to :Paddle/Canoe-Kayak-Schools
Naturalists who take groups on trips or who are expected to conduct kayak instruction. About 1/3 classroom, and 2/3 on-water, the focus is on skills, hazard and river feature identification, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management.
2 day course including (includes 1 day flat water course) (Lake environment and on river)
Experience in tandem canoes, recreational kayaks, whitewater crossover kayaks and SUP
Classroom and on-water hands-on training
Improved efficiency for skills on the water
Improved leadership skills
Increase safety, lower stress, have fun and pay knowledge forward based on ACA instructional foundations.
You will receive an Iowa DNR certificate of completion.
Wapsi Paddle Trip ~ 9 AM ~ Allen’s Grove R.A. ~ This 11 mile trip takes us through a gently meandering stretch of our Wapsipinicon River just Southwest of DeWitt, Iowa. We’ll meet at Allen’s Grove Recreation Area off CR Y52 North of Donahue, Iowa. Plan on paddling as this moves us along permitting more and longer breaks.
We will supply paddle craft, gear and shuttle drivers back to their rides. Participants are responsible for their own water, hat, sun screen & glasses, food and any other gear they require. This is a intermediate trip and requires paddling skills.
Register online at mycountyparks.com/County/Clint
Register online at mycountyparks.com/County/Clint