13038 Hwy 61 North
phone: 319-752-1857 or 1-800-RIVER-12
New for 2017 - Old Town Predator pedal drive and Minnkota electric drive options!
River Basin Canoe & Kayak is the largest specialty paddling store in Iowa and a wide surrounding area. We stock kayaks from Emotion, Delta Kayaks, Jackson Kayak, Old Town Kayak, Dagger, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Prijon, Valley, and Current Designs.We still stock a wide variety of canoes from Esquif, Grumman, Mad River, and Wenonah. We also stock a wide variety of accessories and Thule, Yakima, and Malone 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.
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. If you miss a demo event, we do small demos frequently, by appointment.
Wilderness Systems, Dagger, Perception, and Perception Sport kayaks and Mad River Canoes are all in stock. We have a good selection of fishing and high stability models.
SUP boards are now in stock. We have 5 designs on hand and can order Jackson, Boardworks, or Badfish models for you. The designs range from fishing purposes, soft top Yoga boards, to sleek racing / carving boards. We have paddles and PFDs designed just for SUP.
Looking for a super light but very durable kayak? We have new Delta Kayaks in stock for touring and recreation - all under 45 pounds in the rugged thermoform material. Several of the re-designed hulls are now in stock, featuring the day access hatch.
River Basin still has over a dozen Royalex canoes on hand. Choose from Mad River Explorers, and Esquif models. These canoes carried the sport forward from the easily dented alunimum canoe when taken down tough whitewater conditions. Those who know still paddle this choice for cascading rivers, and remote wilderness where durability is critical. The Esquif is more like the classic Daggers, only built to a heavy sheet standard that resists flexing and oil canning. Royalex name is no more, but the same equivalent material is now in production from Esquif, named T-formex. Several known brands are building canoes out of this ABS thermoformed material. For those not price sensitive, kevlar provides punish worthy hulls, and can be built in expedition grade in the 50s on weight. We portage canoe travel across glacial cut lakes in the Boundary Waters and Quetico parks using 42 lb ultra light kevlars for a comparison.
New year model information
New Canoes, Kayaks & Stand Up Paddle Boards (15 brands)
Floatzilla Rentals August 19, 2017
Check River Basin's annual trips
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
Demo Day - Annual on water event
Why buy here?
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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