Paddlers Interactive Map - Liveries

There are several outfitters located on some of the best paddling streams in the state. By using the interactive livery map below, you can plan your next outing with ease. Outfitters provide canoe, kayak and tube rentals, paddles and lifejackets, a shuttle service and they can even help you plan a multi-day outing. By clicking on the blue icons located on the map, you will find not only contact and location information, but what is available for rent.

Blue stars on the map indicate that those livery operators have successfully completed the Iowa DNR Livery Training Class and are identified as safe and responsible outfitters.


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Water Levels and Weather

Knowing your weather and streamflows helps make planning your next river trip a snap. Always plan in advance and know how much rain is falling or expected to fall well upstream from where you want to paddle. Check the wind map before going out on larger streams and big lakes. If you need assistance in understanding the streamflow table, contact todd.robertson@dnr.iowa.gov.

  • NEVER paddle when lightning is in the area
  • Always take a weather radio
  • If sandbar camping, be aware of weather farther upstream. River levels can rise quickly overnight.
  • Take your sunscreen
  • Know your water and air temperatures during cold weather months.

Iowa: Real-time Streamflow and Levels (USGS)

Iowa: Flood Information System (IFIS)



Join the Community

Paddling clubs and organizations are a great resource for paddlers, regardless of the type of paddling you do or skill level. Meet other paddlers, join groups on various outings and even lead your own trips.

Many paddling clubs have river clean-ups that they organize and occasionally travel outside of Iowa for paddling adventures. Stay connected and plug into a paddling club near you!

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