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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

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


“Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration @ Cold Springs Park, Cass County @ Cold Springs Park- Beach
Aug 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Cass County Conservation Board is holding “Stand Up Paddleboard” Demonstration! The public demonstration will be held on Saturday August 31st 9AM & at 10:30AM- Cold Springs Park- Beach FREE!

SUP is the fastest growing sport in the paddling community not only across the country, but especially right here in land-locked areas like Iowa. It’s fun, healthy as a total body work-out and offers a unique perspective when it comes to being on the water. After a quick demonstration try out the boards for yourself! If you do not bring a life jacket one will be provided to you.

Children must be 16 years or older. Paddler must weigh LESS than 250 LBS.

Our Stand Up Paddleboard programs will be on the last Saturday of every month, Ending after Labor Day Weekend on Saturday September 7th.

August 31st  9AM- 5 Spots 10:30am- 5 Spots  @ Cold Springs Park- Beach

You MUST CALL to get your spot! 712-769-2372 We hope you will join us! Program will be cancelled if there is unsafe weather conditions on the Lake.

57744 Lewis Rd
Lewis, IA 51544

Central Park Lake Grand Opening @ Central Park Lake
Sep 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join  Jones County Conservation for Central Lake’s Grand Opening on:

Thursday, Sept 5 from 5-7:30 p.m.

Activities include:

live music, ribbon cutting at 5:30 at fishing pier, fishing tackle give- a- way, educational booths,  free paddle board and kayak rentals.

Bring your own picnic!

Iowa Outdoor Women’s Weekend @ Central Park Nature Center, Jones County
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Iowa Outdoor Women’s Weekend

Central Park, Jones County

Friday, September 13, 2019

Join us for a weekend hunting wild edibles and squirrels, learning to make baskets and soap, and rock climbing and kayaking in Eastern Iowa with Naturalists from Jones, Jackson, Dubuque and Cedar Counties~

Participants will pick one morning session and one afternoon that best suits their needs/interest.

Friday, September 13th

5:30 PM – 10 PM

Saturday, September 14th

8 AM – 4 PM

Central Park Nature Center is the starting location.

Activities at Pictured Rocks and Eby’s Mill Wildlife Area

Lodging – Camping is available at Central Park, Lodging at AmericInn Anamosa or Boulders Inn & Suites Monticello.

PH: 515-729-6037

Register Online:

Central Park, Pictured Rocks, Eby’s Mill Wildlife
12515 Central Park Rd
Center Junction, IA 52212
Rachel Ladd 515-729-6037