Ten canoes and fifteen 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 going for the shuttled trips. The kayaks can be rented for 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 whitewater 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. Please call our office to check on availability before sending in a reservation form. Reservations should be made no later than the Wednesday before your desired trip date. Download the canoe reservation form.
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)
Kayaks are 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 be rented for one or more days. A trailer is available to rent for transportation of the kayaks.
Download the kayak reservation form for rental rates. Please call our office to check on availability before sending in a reservation form. Minimum notice of 48 hours required for kayak rentals.
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.
Rentals at Deep Lakes Park
Canoes and kayaks will be available at Deep Lakes Park on select dates for hourly rental. They will be available first-come, first-served at the Lake Chester Boat Ramp from 12:00-4:00 pm on the following days (weather permitting).
May 26-28 July 7-8
June 9-10 July 21-22
June 23-24 August 11-12
July 4 August 25-26
Cost is $10/hour (cash or check only). Life jackets available for anyone 30 pounds and over, kids under 30 pounds will need to provide their own life jacket.
To learn and practice in an easy environment we host several canoeing and kayaking “Try-it!” events each year when people can 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.
- Canoe Shuttle Brochure
- Canoe Trip Reservation Form
- Kayak Reservation Form
- Cedar River map
- Muscatine County map