13038 Hwy 61 North
phone: 319-752-1857 or 1-800-RIVER-12
Check out the 2014 kayaks that just arrived from Wilderness Systems - including new fishing features on the Pungo, Ride, and Tarpons. We also have new Focus and Tsunami touring kayaks in the shop.
Our additions to the Jackson line for 2014 include the new Big Rig - Jackson Kayak Fishing Kayaks. Made in the USA and featuring lots of cool fishing features, you'll want to try one today and we have demo boats for just that purpose.
Looking for a super light but very durable kayak? We have new Delta Kayak boats in stock for touring and recreation - all under 45 pounds in the rugged thermoform material.
Royalex ABS sheeting material has ended, production of these canoe types is done, forever it seems. We have a small selection of Mad Rivers arriving. Some canoes may still be available at factories we represent including Esquif, Mad River, and Wenonah. Get your order requests in now, to see if we can get production or in stock models that are end of run. If you don't know about Royalex, it is the ABS laminated sheeting material, with vinyl on exterior, and various depths of sheets to make the density. At around 3/8" thickness, it has been the ballistic material of synthetic choices. Bangs against rocks, only shows impact marks, and scrapes, and slides over aggregate river bottoms. It has been the best material for white water canoes and expedition shallow water tripping canoes for decades. It is about 10 - 20 lbs heavier than kevlar, and not as easily dented or buckled in half as the similar tough aluminum canoe. We continue stocking Grumman aluminum, which are about 5 pounds heavier than comparable Royalex canoes. Polyethylene canoes are on average 30% heavier than Royalex models, which means they are a bear to portage. They will continue to be available from Mad River in our lineup.
River Basin Canoe & Kayak is the largest specialty paddling store in Iowa and a wide surrounding area. We stock canoes & kayaks from Emotion, Esquif Canoes, Delta Kayaks, Grumman, Jackson Kayak, Ocean Kayak, Osagian Canoes, Mad River Canoe, Dagger, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Prijon, Valley, Current Designs, and Wenonah. We also stock a wide variety of accessories and auto racks to provide everything you need to get on the water! To get you on the water we have big on water demo days, smaller personal demos and paddling classes. Check below for more information.
Floatzilla and other midwest Events
Demo Day - Annual on water event May 4th
Check River Basin's annual trips
River Bassin Fishing Tournament June 7th
Canoes & Kayaks for sale
Rentals with River Basin
- Iowa River - Wapello to Ferry Landing Park
- Skunk River - Oakland Mills to Lowell
- Lake Odessa & Odessa Water Trails
- Lake Geode State Park
- Big Hollow
Accessories & Gifts
Southeast Iowa area attractions
Canoe Iowa, Kayak Iowa. Get on the water and have fun. Southeast Iowa is uniquely situated for a short driving distance to many great paddling destinations. The Iowa River, the Skunk River and the Mississippi River are all short trips from Burlington area. We're also close to Geode State Park and the new Big Hollow Recreation area, each park offers camping, hiking trails and many outdoor possibilities for the whole family.
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