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Iowa

Little Maquoketa River
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Little Maquoketa River

Graf Park to Durango: A trip rich in potential but poor as dirt in reward, this upstream clip of the Little Maquoketa River can only be done at higher water levels (unless you enjoy getting in and out of…

Maquoketa River North Fork
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Maquoketa River: North Fork

Highway D61 to 60th Avenue: A long stretch of water that is eminently pleasant, this trip has the look and feel of a wild setting, despite its Iowan/agrarian surroundings. However, its length and relative monotony might tax some paddlers. But…

Whitewater Creek Iowa
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Whitewater Creek

Whitewater Drive to Highway D61: A short stretch of water that is simply stunning in its rugged, essentially undeveloped beauty – defined by bluffs with an outpouring of exposed rock outcrops and stupendous boulders – all while cruising along…

Upper Iowa River
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Upper Iowa River II

Kendallville to Bluffton: Tall chalky limestone bluffs towering above clear swift water in an almost entirely undeveloped environment, this section of the stunningly picturesque Upper Iowa River showcases the best of its best rock formations that should be on any paddler’s…

Upper Iowa River
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Upper Iowa River I

Chimney Rock Road to Bluffton Road: Add one part swift water to umpteen parts spectacular limestone cliffs, rock walls, undulating bluffs and a generous heaping of pretty wrought iron bridges, mixed with a couple cups of springs and you…

Catfish Creek
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Catfish Creek

Mines of Spain to Massey Marina Park: A combination of flatwater, intimate creek within a city park and Mississippi River paddling amongst barges and big bluffs, Catfish Creek is an interesting adventure. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip…

Yellow River
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Yellow River II

Old Sixteen Road to Highway 76: A quintessential Driftless river blessed with swift, riffly water, gorgeous rock outcrops, rolling hills and superb wildlife, that begins in a private campground with RVs and ends at the Mississippi River past Effigy…

Yellow River
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Yellow River I

Highway X16 to Old Sixteen Road: A quintessential Driftless river blessed with everything you could hope for: swift, clear, riffly water, gorgeous rock outcrops, rolling hills and superb wildlife. Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Trip Report Date: May 5,…