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Explore more than 90 easy and safe paddling spots across Iowa this summer with the Hook n’ Paddle Passport. In-pass mapping makes it easy to find locations near you. Some check-in locations offer kayak/canoe rentals.
Get your passport and start collecting points. Each check-in from May 1 - Aug. 31, 2023 rewards you with 100 points. Keep building points to redeem for prizes. Redeem your points once you’ve reached your desired point total.
Earn 200 points for attending a sponsored paddling and/or fishing event. Find dates, locations and registration information on the DNR webpage at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Ready-to-Kayak-Fish/Paddling-Events.The more locations along the passport you visit, the more prizes you’ll unlock. Hit the learn more button for the full list of check-in locations. Have fun exploring!
Fishing from a kayak is an active way to get close with nature. Kayaks are small, quiet and more maneuverable than any other boat. Plus, you can get close to shore where other boaters rely on less accurate, long distance casting.
You can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by following these easy steps everytime you explore Iowa waters.
The DNR building at the Iowa State Fair is one of the more than 90 passport check-in locations. Check-in on your passport August 10-20 and earn 100 points.
Look for posters on the corner of the fish aquarium and throughout the DNR building to get the event code to complete your check-in.
Attend an Event
Attend a paddling and/or fishing event to help you build a social support community and feel more comfortable fishing and paddling.
Buy Your License Online
Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license to fish Iowa waters.
Yearly, seven-day, or 24-hour fishing licenses are available.
The Hook and Paddle Passport prizes are provided by Bass Pro and Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation.