Yellow River

General Information

County: Allamakee
Location: The headwaters of the Yellow River begin in Winneshiek County and flows through Allamakee County and the Effigy Mounds National Monument where it empties into the Mississippi River.
Acres: 53.00
Maximum Depth:
Motoring Restrictions: None

Nearby Parks

Yellow River State Forest
Pikes Peak State Park


Amenities at Yellow River include:
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    The Fishing Regulations brochure is available for download. The summaries listed below are a partial listing provided for your benefit.

      The Upper Yellow River upstream of Livingood Springs to the west of Old Stage Road contains flows that are intermittent with losing stream sections. There are several tributaries in this section that hold the potential for cool water species such as Smallmouth Bass to develop. The river below Livingood Springs and east or downstream of Old Stage Road is cold water and able to sustain an excellent put and grow Brown and Rainbow Trout population. For stocking information, see the Yellow River under the heading Where To Fish, Trout Streams. There are very few public areas on this river. Fishing the Yellow River by canoe or kayak is the only legal means to trout fish without landowner permission.(2016)


      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.