- Upper Iowa River, Iowa, USA
Named one of America’s 100 Greatest Adventures by National Geographic magazine, the Upper Iowa River is the perfect destination for anyone looking for an enjoyable and relaxing day. Canoe, kayak, tube, or fish the waters and enjoy the scenic limestone bluffs rising as high as 280 feet above you. The river flows through Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee counties in Iowa before it reaches the Mississippi River.
We encourage you to check the Upper Iowa River water levels before all trips. The book Paddling in Iowa by Nate Hoogeveen recommends a minimum of 5.0 feet at Kendallville and 2.25-3.25 feet at Decorah for enjoyable trips. Please be aware of flood stage conditions and adjust your trip accordingly. Always paddle responsibly and safely.
Download the Upper Iowa River Paddler’s Guide for a detailed map and information on access points, outfitters, campgrounds, points of interest, and more. You can also pick up a hard-copy of the map at the Winneshiek County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau in downtown Decorah.
Stocked with Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, Suckers
Access Points & Parking Areas
- Chimney Rock Park: North of Bluffton off Bluffton Road on Chimney Rock Road
- Chattahoochie Park: Northwest edge of Decorah off Highway 52
- Kendallville Park: Off Highway 139 northeast of Cresco
- Trout Run Park: East edge of Decorah off Highway 9, near Old Stage and Trout Run roads