Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Ten canoes and six kayaks are available for paddling trips in Muscatine County.

The canoes are available for shuttled float trips on the Cedar River in Muscatine County. A minimum of three canoes must be rented for the shuttled trips. The kayaks can be rented for day trips anywhere in the area.

Cedar River Float Trips

From Jack Shuger Park in Moscow, Iowa to the Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area, the Cedar River meanders through floodplain forests and Wiese Slough, a State-owned wildlife management area. It is typically wide and fairly shallow during the summer months. There is no white water and it is a safe and interesting stretch of the river for experienced and novice canoeists.

Shuttle trips may be scheduled Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, May through September as river conditions allow. Mondays through Thursdays the canoes are reserved for special events and public programs. Please call our office to to check on availability before sending in a reservation form. The float trip reservation form may be downloaded below.

Fee includes canoe, paddles, life jacket, and transportation to launch point in Jack Shuger Park for your canoeing party (no pets). Canoeists meet at the Cedar River boat ramp in the Saulsbury Bridge Recreation Area.

Fees: $25/canoe (two people - extra person $5)

Kayak Rentals

We offer three 12-foot kayaks and three 10.5-foot kayaks. All are one person kayaks. They can be reserved with a deposit, then you pick up the kayak and take it to your destination. Kayaks can also rented for one or more days. Car top carriers and a trailer are available for transportation of the kayaks.

Download the kayak reservation form for rental rates. Please call our office to to check on availability before sending in a reservation form.

These are recreational kayaks with a larger opening and no skirting so getting in and out is easy. They are designed for easy paddling on lakes, ponds, streams and gentle rivers.

Kayaks are not difficult to maneuver, but they are different than canoes. You sit closer to the water and kayaks are very responsive to the paddles. People with canoeing experience can usually learn kayaking quickly.

Try It!

To learn and practice in an easy environment we host two canoeing and kayaking “Try-it!” events each year when people can come out to Saulsbury Park and try out our equipment at no charge. Check out the “Upcoming Events” for the next “Try-it!” event. Organized groups may schedule a "Try-it" event just for their group.

Downloads:

  1. Canoe Shuttle Brochure (pdf ~200 KB)
  2. Canoe Trip Reservation Form (pdf ~25KB)
  3. Kayak Reservation Form (pdf (~ 23KB)
  4. Cedar River map - printable version of map below(pdf ~200KB)
  5. Muscatine County map
cedar river map