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Seven Oaks Recreation - your destination for outdoor recreation
Seven Oaks is the place to canoe, kayak, or river tube. Call 515-432-9457

Canoe/Kayak


Please advise: If your plans are to OVER CONSUME alcohol while floating, please choose another outfitter.
This only adds additional headaches and drama for others floating the river and for the Seven Oaks staff. We understand having a few drinks while floating the river is fun, but please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

Seven Oaks is located in Boone, Iowa - a quick drive from Ames, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Johnston, Urbandale,
Waukee, West Des Moines, Grimes, Adel, and other surrounding communities. Come visit us today!

2014 Canoe/Kayak Rates & Information

(All rates are subject to change. Add 7% sales tax to all rates)


Seven Oaks offers full service canoe, kayak and river tube rentals. Here's how it works:

  • We float 7 days a week and have 4 launch times daily. You pick the date and time you would like to float.
  • Make a reservation with us online or by calling us at 515-432-9457.
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled float time so you can stop in the ticket office to get signed in. We’ll leave the parking lot at your scheduled launch time.
  • You will be taken to the river by a Seven Oaks bus or van. We will explain your trip to you and answer any questions you might have. We do not float with you on your trip. You may be taken to the river with others but that does not mean you need to float with them or even finish at the same time as them.
  • We’ll be at the take-out boat ramp to pick you up and take you back to your vehicle at Seven Oaks.

Seven Oaks invites you to experience the beauty of the scenic Des Moines river valley. On a quiet afternoon you will see animals on the river banks, birds flying overhead, wild flowers growing in the wooded bluffs and a bald eagles nest just past the Kate Shelly High Bridge.

Before you make a reservation for one of our river floats please visit our Important Summer Fun Information Guide. This will help you plan for the trip.

Seven Oaks
Canoe/Kayak Trip #1

Approximate times and distance
2 to 4 hour float covering 7 miles

Enjoy a scenic float that will take you under the longest and highest double-track railway bridge in the world with trains passing 185 feet overhead approx. every 15 minutes. Consider this trip if you have never been on a canoe float, you have no more than 4 hours to be on the water, you like to get out at most all the sandbars to play and explore, you are bringing small children or you are in a very large group.

Complimentary transportation departs from Seven Oaks for Canoe/Kayak Trip #1 at 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm. Check in a minimum of 30 minutes before your transportation departure time. First pick-up for Canoe/Kayak Trip #1 is 12:00 pm.

Seven Oaks
Canoe/Kayak Trip #2

Approximate times and distance
5 to 8 hour float covering 15 miles

This scenic float starts with Trip #1 and continues by the popular ledges of Ledges State Park. Consider this trip if you are wanting to spend the entire day on the river, you plan on staying in your canoe for most of the float, you like to paddle versus float, you have experience canoeing, or you want to see a lot more of the river.

Complimentary transportation departs from Seven Oaks for Canoe/Kayak Trip #2 at 9:30 am, and 11 am. You must arrive at Seven Oaks a minimum of 30 minutes before departure times. First pick-up for Canoe/Kayak Trip #2 is 3:00 pm. Trip departures before or after these hours must be pre-arranged with Seven Oaks.

Float times are subject to river flow, wind and paddling time. Seven Oaks reserves the right to alter trips based on boat ramp conditions, water levels and wind conditions.

Canoe/Kayak Hours

May Through October
Floats outside these season dates are subject to weather and at the discretion of Seven Oaks.

Off-the-river-time 6 pm May thru August; 5 pm September and October.

A late fee of $5 per person per quarter hour is charged after the designated “off the river” time.

Canoe/Kayak Rates

(add 7% sales tax to all rates)
(add $4 per person for 3rd & 4th person)
Prices subject to change.

Floating Conditions

Floating rates include transporting watercraft, two paddles per canoe, one paddle per kayak, one personal floatation device per person and complimentary transportation

Canoe Rates (Rates are based on 2 persons/canoe)

Trip     #1     $45/canoe
Trip     #2     $55/canoe (2 canoe minimum in party)
Add $4 for 3rd & 4th person in canoe
Canoe Seat Cushion - $2 per day
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

One Person Kayak Rates

Trip     #1     $31/kayak
Trip     #2     $38/kayak (2 kayak minimum in party)

Groups of 8 or More Canoes, Canoe Group Rates

Advance reservation required for group rates. Group leader is responsible for lump sum payment.

Trip #1 $40/canoe
Trip #2 $50/canoe
Canoe Seat Cushion - $2 per day
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

Canoe/Kayak Reservations

Before you make a reservation for one of our river floats please visit our Important Summer Fun Information Guide. This will help you plan for the trip.

To ensure that canoes and kayaks are available, and to help us provide the service you expect, we encourage and recommend reservations be made as far in advance as possible. A credit card is required when making reservations.

If plans need to be cancelled or numbers reduced, you must notify Seven Oaks a minimum of 7 days before the date of the planned float. Any changes within the 7 days will be charged in full and a “Credit Certificate” will be issued.

Floating on Sunday through Friday will typically offer more solitude and be a quieter, relaxing float experience. Saturdays are generally busier with groups and more of a party atmosphere. Taking the 9:30 am float will help avoid some of that.

Call 515-432-9457 or make your canoe, kayak, or river tube reservation online.



Retail Items

Drinks, ice, candy bars, t-shirts, can koozies, wet/dry bags & other “oh, I forgot” items are available on site.

Canoe/Kayak Terms of Service

Canoes and kayak will not be rented to persons 15 years of age and younger without adult supervision. Persons aged 16 and 17 must have a parent/guardian indemnification signature on the rental agreement. All participants must sign an Indemnification Agreement/Liability Form. You may print the agreement to obtain required signatures prior to arrival.


Drinking alcohol increases your risks of drowning!


Canoe/Kayak Policies

In the event of heavy rains or high water as determined by Seven Oaks, rain checks will be issued.

We charge for all lost or damaged equipment. Damaged equipment caused by abuse or carelessness is your responsibility; we do expect normal wear and tear.

A retrieval fee of $25.00 will be charged for canoes and kayaks abandoned or lodged.

A late fee of $5.00 per person per quarter hour is charged after the designated “off the river” time.

Glass containers and Styrofoam not allowed on river floats.

Seven Oaks does not recommend tying together canoes, kayaks or river tubes. For safety reasons, Seven Oaks will not supply ropes/twine.

Canoe / Kayak Iowa - Full Service Float Des Moines River

Seven Oaks Recreation
Water Trail Rules

Respect Property and Others

Do not tamper with private or public property. Respect staff doing their jobs and others enjoying the water trail with you, whether in your group or not.

Be Safe

River users are required to have a Personal Flotation Device in the boat. Actually wearing it greatly increases your chance of survival if you capsize. River levels change and conditions change constantly. Avoid hazards such as snags and ALWAYS portage at low-head dams

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Intoxication on waterways leads to poor judgment and increased risk of drowning. This river is public property and subject to the governing laws. If you plan to drink alcohol on the river . . . please drink responsibly.

No Littering or Dumping

No glass containers on float trips. Please protect and preserve the beauty of the Des Moines River by keeping it clean, do not litter. Leave NO trace. Volunteers work to keep this river clean.

Dragoon River Romp

The 2014 Dragoon River Romp was on Saturday, September 20. See our Dragoon River Romp page for more information.


 

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