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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.

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 Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Lake Meyer – Calmar @ Lake Meyer - Calmar
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.



Iowa DNR: 2-Day Canoe School for Naturalists @ Briggs Woods Park, Hamilton County (Boone River)
Aug 6 – Aug 7 all-day

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 With Clinton County Conservation @ Allen's Grove Recreation Area off CR Y52 North of Donahue, Iowa
Aug 6 all-day

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


Register online at

Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Dubuque Conservation @ Swiss Valley Nature Center
Aug 7 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Two dates: Wed. July 24 and Wed. August 7 ($50 fee includes both Clinics) 

Where: Meet at Swiss Valley Nature Center then drive to Manchester, IA

What: This all-levels clinic is designed to introduce you to the exciting world of whitewater kayaking!

We’ll emphasize safety, paddling techniques, and fun as we introduce participants to moving water.

Sessions start off in a calm area of the river where our whitewater kayaking leaders will fit kayakers to their boats. Then we will introduce participants to wet exits, where they will practice being upside down in the river and safely exiting their boats. Next, we’ll take to the Maquoketa river whitewater park and proceed navigating through the whitewater features with the guidance of experienced whitewater kayaking leaders.

Only requirements are a positive attitude and the ability to swim. (you will be swimming in the Maquoketa River)

Our experienced whitewater kayaking leaders are Hannah Ray J and Marty Colbert. Together they have over 30 years combined whitewater paddling experience. Hannah and Marty paddle as much as they can, year round! Yes, that means in winter too.

Marty is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa paddling local streams and rivers throughout childhood until he discovered whitewater kayaking later in life. Now, Marty only thinks about whitewater kayaking twice a day, when awake and when asleep!

Hannah is a native of Manchester, Iowa. She first started recreational kayaking with her brother on the Maquoketa River. Then she discovered whitewater kayaking and river surfing here in Iowa and has been enthralled with whitewater paddling ever since. Hannah is a Team Athlete at Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Badfish SUP, NoCoast SUP, Colorado River Surf Co, Shred Ready Helmets, and CKS Squad. She is an Ambassador at Astral and Crawdaddy Outdoors, a RAW Hero at RAW Adrenaline, and a Community Leader at Land Locked Surfing.

    Equipment List

  • Lots of healthy, high-energy snacks, & water
  • Quick-drying clothes like under armor/swim suit/board shorts
  • Water shoes, NO flip flops or strappy shoes/sandals
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Optional/personal preference: Nose clips (like for swimming)

Gear required for this trip is provided. A whitewater kayak, whitewater kayaking helmet, PFD (at least a type III, paddling specific), whitewater kayaking paddle, and whitewater kayaking spray deck.

Kayak Demo Days with Crawdaddy Outdoors @ Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly.
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Located at Avenue of the Saints Lake, rural Waverly. This is located 1 mile west of the Hwy 3
and Hwy 218 intersection. Turn south on Aspen Avenue and follow the gravel until you reach
the lake.


Cuyuna Mountain Biking or Kayak with Crawdaddy Outdoors
Aug 9 – Aug 12 all-day

Ready for a new adventure? The CrawDaddy Crew will travel to Cuyuna, MN to a renovated
mining area that has miles of top-notch mountain bike trails. If mountain biking isn’t your thing,
no worries. Come along and hike the trails or kayak on the gorgeous area lakes. This trip will
include rustic camping, wonderful dutch oven meals for breakfast and supper. We will also be
mountain biking at Lebanon Hills near Minneapolis/ St. Paul.

Cost: $325 per person (includes meals, transportation, and gear)-bike not included