Watercraft Concession

In-Park Rentalspaddle boat and canoe at Pinicon Ridge

The concession provides in-park rentals of paddleboats, canoes and kayaks. Calm backwater channels and the slow-flowing Wapsipinicon River provide miles of water trails throughout the park. Volleyballs, horseshoes and various snacks are also available at the concession for a nominal fee. 

Watercraft Concession phone (in season) 319-721-3873  Pinicon Ridge Park phone: 319-438-6616


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Canoe Trips

Visitors are shuttled to one of the three upriver drop points on the Wapsipinicon River.  The float trip back to the park is very scenic and proceeds at a relatively slow pace.  Reservations may be made by contacting the concession in person or by phone.

Shuttles leave at fixed times:

  • 9 a.m. (6-hour trip)
  • 11 a.m. (4-hour trip)
  • 1 p.m. (2-hour trip)

Groups must arrive at least 45 minutes prior to departure for a pre-trip orientation.  All canoes are due back at the concession by 4:30 p.m. 

Groups of any size can be accommodated, pending equipment availability, health, water, and weather conditions.

Watercraft Concession brochure (PDF)


The Watercraft Concession, located at 4861 Horseshoe Falls Road Central City, is open 7 days a week from the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through the third weekend in August.  It is open weekends only to the end of September, as weather/river conditions permit and staff is available.


Monday - FridaySaturdays,  HolidaysSunday
1 - 5 p.m.10 a.m. - 6 p.m.10 a.m. - 3 pm

Effective August 19, The Watercraft Concession will only be open weekends for rest of season.  The Watercraft Concession most likely will close earlier than normal for the season due to staffing. 

Canoe Trips will not be scheduled after August 13.


In-Park Rentals

Canoes and Kayaks  $12/hour or $25/day, $35 overnight rental for registered campers

Paddleboat $12/hour

Life jackets $1/hour

Horseshoes $1/hour

Volleyball $1/hour

Special pricing is available for in-park rentals to youth groups, day camps, scouts and other groups weekdays from 1-5 p.m.   Other times available by appointment.

Shuttle Trip Information and Prices (Reservations Required, 24-hour advance notice)

LengthTime Allotment*Weekend Departure^Cost
2 hours3 hours1 p.m. $30/canoe
4 hours5.5 hours11 a.m.$35/canoe
6 hour7 hours9 a.m. $40/canoe

*Minimum of $25 per canoe/per hour surcharge which returns beyond the time allotment.

^Weekday trips must be on the water by noon. Weekday trips receive a $5 canoe discount.