Frequently Asked Rental Questions
Do I need shuttle service? You may pick up canoes and kayaks from our shop at no extra charge. A pick-up truck with an open bed is usually required. We also rent some car topping equipment. If we transport canoes, kayaks and/or people the shuttle fees apply.
How long will I be on the water? We can give you a good idea of how long a river trip will take based on current water conditions. If you go to a lake and we provide shuttle service we arrange the time to meet you and to pick up. It's really up to you.
Are there rapids or whitewater? All of the southeast Iowa rivers are calm water with current that varies with the water level. We do not allow rentals to go out if the water level is too high or fast to be safe. There is no whitewater available in this part of the state.
How will we get back to our vehicle? Do we paddle up-river? Shuttle service is available for canoes or kayaks and the people who rent them. In most rental situations your vehicle will be parked at the take-out (end) of your paddle. You and your boat will be shuttled to the put-in (beginning) of the paddle. While you can paddle up stream it takes much longer and is not nearly as enjoyable as paddling with the current.
Is it safe? How deep is the water? With the exception of the Mississippi, most of the area rivers average 3 - 5 feet deep. As in any sporting activity, your behavior determines your safety. You will be supplied a lifejacket which we request you wear throughout your trip. You can swim in any of the rivers. To do this your canoe or kayak should be secured on shore before you enter the water. The waters and region we paddle are very peaceful and not challenged by power boaters as a rule.
How do we make a reservation? Reservations are on a first come first serve basis any day of the week. Call us at 1-800-RIVER-12 or e:mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.