It’s a perfect time of year to be on the water. We’re running trips every weekend on the Raccoon River. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. We’ll meet you at Water Works Park in downtown Des Moines, near Gray’s Lake, … Read More
Situated in the heart of Des Moines, our canoe and kayak rental and shuttle service delivers happy paddlers to and from the Raccoon River between Walnut Woods State Park and Water Works Park. Paddlers leave their vehicles at the landing in Water Works Park and we deliver them and their boats to the launch point in Walnut Woods Park. The length of the return float is approximately 3 hours (depending on water levels), and paddlers will finish right by their vehicle back in Water Works Park. If paddlers have your own boat, that’s cool with us! We shuttle personal crafts as well!
$60 - Canoe (2 people)
$35 - Kayak (1 person)
$10 - Bike (1 person)
$15 - Shuttle (personal boats)
Week Day Trips
Wednesday: Depart Water Works @ 5PM
Saturday & Sunday: Depart Water Works @ 8AM & Noon
Length: 8 mi or ~3 hrs
Shuttle: Park at Water Works Park boat ramp
Group: Please notify us 24 hrs in advance if you have a large group
This section of the Raccoon River is ideal to float and paddle on when the water level is above 3 ft, or when the flow is between 600-9000 ft³/s. If water levels are lower or higher we may temporarily halt our canoe and kayak rentals until the river is safe. Low water increases the chances of hitting rocks and snags, while high water can be unsafe due to debris.
We also watch the weather constantly to ensure your trip will be as safe and enjoyable as possible. We reserve the right to suspend our services if there is foul weather forecasted. We are very responsive however, and are quick to open up as soon as the skies do!
Nothing from June 29, 2017 to July 5, 2017.
We’re preparing our fleet of canoes for summer! Cleaning up and accounting for all our equipment is exciting! You know Iowa’s going to be hot this year, so we’re hoping to see lots of paddler’s ready to relax on the Raccoon … Read More