Des Moines River (Ottumwa to Farmington)

General Information

County: Van Buren
Location: This stretch runs through Wapello and Van Buren counties. There are 10 boat ramps in this stretch.
Acres: 61.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions:

Nearby Parks

Shimek State Forest

Amenities

Amenities at Des Moines River (Ottumwa to Farmington) include:
  • Hard Surface Boat Ramp
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The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

  • Channel Catfish
    • Season: Continuous
    • Daily Bag Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 15 fish
    • Possession Limit: combined: channel, blue and flathead catfish, 30 fish
    • Length Limit: none
    • Other:

Contacts

Iowa-Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat, In Almost All Cases

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.