This stretch of the Iowa River Water Trail is 72 river miles long and free of dams or portages. It stretches from Sturgis Ferry Park in Iowa City to the Ferry Landing at the confluence of the Mississippi River near Oakville. The route offers paddlers scenic views, abundant wildlife and plenty of sandbars (during normal water levels). The river typically flows at a moderate pace of 3 miles per hour.
Check water levels before you go:
Campgrounds are located at Hills Access, River Junction Access and Ferry Landing. All three have restrooms, boat ramps, picnic tables and grills.
Amenities: Sturgis Ferry Park, River Forks and Schwob Access are all located close to cities where a visitor could find: gas, food, grocieries, restaurants and hotels.
The Iowa River Water Trail is an offiical Iowa Department of Natural Resources Water Trail. Other partners include:
Louisa County Conservation
Johnson County Conservation
Tri-Rivers Conservation Foundation
Louisa Development Group
Community Foundation of Louisa Conty