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Canoe/Kayak in Iowa 2017-10-18T21:30:55+00:00

Canoe/Kayak in Boone, IA

Please advise: If your plans are to OVER CONSUME alcohol while floating, please choose another outfitter.

Over consuming 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 the place to canoe/kayak, river tube, paintball and/or camp in central Iowa! Located in Boone – a quick drive from Ames, Fort Dodge, Des Moines, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Grimes, Adel, and other surrounding communities.

Update: Our last day of the 2017 float season was September 24th.

Here’s how our full service canoe/kayak and river tube rentals work:

  • We float 5 days a week, Thursdays thru Mondays. We don’t offer floats on Tuesdays or Wednesdays but will consider groups with advanced reservations, call us at 515-432-9457 to discuss.
  • We have 4 launch times daily.
  • Make a reservation with us online or by calling 515-432-9457.
  • Please wear sandals or shoes on your river float. Most of the river bottom is sand, but there are rocky sections where you will need something on your feet.
  • 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’ll be taken to the river by a Seven Oaks bus or van. We’ll 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 doesn’t mean you need to float with them or even finish at the same time as them.
  • We list approximate times that the float may take you but you are welcome to stay out on the river until the “off the river time” which is 6 pm May thru August, and 5 pm September and October.
  • 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.

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 (2017)

(add 7% sales tax to all rates)
(add $8 per person for 3rd & 4th person)
Prices subject to change.

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

Canoe Rates (Rates are based on 2 persons/canoe)
Trip #1 $50/canoe
Trip #2 $62/canoe (2 canoe minimum in party)
Add $8 for 3rd & 4th person in canoe
Canoe Seat Cushion – $2 per day
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

One Person Kayak Rates
Trip #1 $37/kayak
Trip #2 $43/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 $42/canoe
Trip #2 $56/canoe (2 canoe minimum in party)
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.

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.
  • Please wear sandals or shoes on your river float. Most of the river bottom is sand, but there are rocky sections where you will need something on your feet.
  • Glass containers and Styrofoam not allowed on river floats. No kegs in campground or river floats.
  • Seven Oaks prohibits ropes/twine for tying together canoes, kayaks or river tubes. If you wish to tie together, use pool noodles or other break-away connections only.

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
Seven Oaks strongly encourages that all floaters know how to swim before taking on of their river floats. 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. Exit river during thunderstorms. 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. Drinking alcohol increases your risks of drowning.

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 Dragoon River Romp will be on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

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