13038 Hwy 61 North
Burlington, Iowa

phone: 319-752-1857 or 1-800-RIVER-12


Saturday, August 11, 2018

DESCRIPTION - I PADDLED the IOWA will be a group paddle from Fred T Schwob Access in Wapello to Ferry Landing Park north of Oakville. This is a 16.5 mile paddle and will take approximately 5 hours. This is a self-paced, easy paddle. Beginners are welcome. This is not a race but a fun, social time to hit the water and meet other paddlers.
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All shuttles will take place at the end of the trip.
Check-in: 9:00 - 10:00 Wapello Fred T Schwob Access in Wapello
Launch: Approximately 10:00 a.m. from Fred T Schwob Access in Wapello.
Lunch: We will plan to stop at a sandbar for mid paddle break and lunch.
Landing: Approximately 3:00 at Ferry Landing Park.
All shuttling takes place after the trip. We will shuttle your boat on our trailers. Please read carefully.

FINDING THE BOAT RAMP IN WAPELLO (Fred T Schwob Access) If you are coming into Wapello on Hwy 99 (across the Iowa river bridge) you will turn on the first street (North 2nd) to your left. There is not always a street sign present.
If you are coming into Wapello on Hwy 61 you will be looking for Hwy 99 or Franklin Street turn. It is across from the big grain elevator in the middle of town. Drive past the court house and turn right on North 2nd..
From Second street you will drive 3 blocks to Vernon and turn left.
Please be aware that the parking immediately around the boat ramp is limited and in use by power boats. Please do not block other vehichles. It is often best to park on 2nd street or on the upper side of Vernon.

- Ferry Landing park is located at the mouth of the Mississippi river across from New Boston, IL. From the northern edge of Oakville, drive approximately 6 miles on gravel to the levee on county road X71. Ferry Landing park offers primative camping, fishing and a boat ramp. The park is maintained by the Army Corp of Engineers, has updated cleaned outhouses, no water, and free unreserved camping under a spacious canopy of Cottonwood trees covering 1/2 mile of waterfront. Additional Louisa county information is available at http://www.naturallylouisacounty.com/

- The registration fee for the event must be paid in advance and mailed in on the attached form. (Click here for registration form) The fee includes people and boat shuttle, bottled water, safety support.

CHILDREN - Non-paddling children under 12 years old can ride for free. This means there are two adult paddlers and the child sits in the bottom of the boat. Please supply your own child's life jacket ( a few available for rental - please call).

RENTALS - River Basin will have canoes and kayaks available for rental for the trip. This year we have a special package - canoes are $70 including registration and equipment for two adults. Small children may ride with adults but must sit in the bottom of the canoe. Please call for kayak rentals as numbers are limited to first come, first served. We have 2 person recreational kayaks ($45), sit-on-top or sit-inside recrational kayaks ($35) and single touring kayaks ($45).

If you have your own canoe or kayak, you are welcome to bring your boat and we will provide shuttle service. Advance reservation and fees still apply. Box store kayaks of a small size are strongly discouraged. We reserve discretion to refuse unsafe or undersized kayaks for large paddlers, due to safety risk. Your support of this full service shop by selecting better quality and correctly fitted kayaks here, means these trips may continue a while longer.

- You should plan to bring your own cooler, we will take a sandbar break mid trip. No alcohol during the paddle please.

THE IOWA RIVER - The Iowa is a great canoe river, and is the cleanest, shallow, wide river with consistent flow in the state. Paddlers will have the whole river to themselves with only an occasional john boat.The Iowa is a very wide and very quiet river. The more scenic portions of the paddle will take you through low lying corn fields, wooded islands and along the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge where bird sightings are frequent. The river is a sand bottom and should have many sandbars by the end of June. Sandbars are known for sudden dropoffs, so swimmers must wear lifejackets, no exceptions.

WHAT TO BRING - Cameras & cell phones should be in a waterproof bag with a way to secure them to the boat. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes and plan for the possibility of getting wet. Coolers for water or snacks are fine but no alcohol allowed. Sunscreen and water are recommended. There will be plentiful supplies of bottled water at the put in and on the route..

TRAVEL TIME - Driving between Wapello and Ferry Landing is approximately 30 minutes each way. If you are driving to the trip on Saturday morning, allow 1. 5 hrs from Iowa City, 2 hrs from Cedar Rapids, 3.5 hrs from Des Moines, 1.25 hrs from Quad Cities, 1.5 hrs from Galesburg.

SOUTHEAST IOWA AREA - Hotels and B&Bs are located in historic Burlington, 30 minutes from Wapello or Oakville. Roy El Motel 319-523-2111 and Hotel Wapello 319-523-2341 are located in Wapello.
Oakville - The Piggy Bank Cafe - steak, chicken and shrimp dinners.
Mediapolis - Olde World Cafe - breakfast, lunch, coffees, gifts or 61 Chop House - Steaks and BBQ. Winner of the 2013 Best Burger in Iowa.
Burlington - Big Muddys and The Drake are on the Mississippi: good food variety, casual, reasonable prices, Martini's Grill: more formal steak and seafood specialties, Mississippi view, top rated. Uncle Ronnies is another of our favorites - really good food and great reviews - just no website of their own. In West Burlington near Kohl's.
Fun City is Burlington's big family attraction with indoor and outdoor water-park, go carts, bowling, and other games. Fun City is part of the Pzazz hotel complex.



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