Iowa River Water Trail

This stretch of the Iowa River Water Trail is 72 river miles long and free of dams or portages.  It stretches from Sturgis Ferry Park in Iowa City to the Ferry Landing at the confluence of the Mississippi River near Oakville.  The route offers paddlers scenic views, abundant wildlife and plenty of sandbars (during normal water levels). The river typically flows at a moderate pace of 3 miles per hour.

Check water levels before you go:

Iowa River at Iowa City

Iowa River at Wapello

Campgrounds are located at Hills Access, River Junction Access and Ferry Landing.  All three have restrooms, boat ramps, picnic tables and grills.

Amenities: Sturgis Ferry Park, River Forks and Schwob Access are all located close to cities where a visitor could find: gas, food, grocieries, restaurants and hotels.

Want to learn more?  Read the Iowa River Water Trail Master Plan


The Iowa River Water Trail is an offiical Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trail.  Other partners include:

Louisa County Conservation

Johnson County Conservation

Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation

Louisa Development Group

Community Foundation of Louisa County

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Conservation Office

12635 CR G56, Suite 101

Wapello, IA 52653


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