posted on Monday, August 20, 2018

Kayaking in the Cedar Valley

School is back in session, but that doesn’t mean your summer activities have to end. You can enjoy kayaking into the fall and the Labor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy time on the water in the Cedar Valley.

There are several businesses that can help you with your kayaking needs:

Maxx Rentals
George Wyth State Park

At Maxx Rentals, you’ll find pedal boats, lake tubes, kayaks, canoes, river tubes and paddleboards for rent. You can even rent a Maxx Mat at George Wyth (you’ll find a list of Services on their Facebook page). Throughout the summer and early fall, they also offer an LED/Glow Sticks Night Float. This is an easy float on a closed lake, making it a great way to get on the water and enjoy nature in a new “light.” As the temps cool, they may reduce their hours. To confirm hours and to schedule an LED night float (for groups of five or more), call 319-961-6232.

Hartman Reserve
Paddle in the Park and Fall Float
Big Woods Lake, Cedar Falls

Every summer and early fall, Hartman Reserve hosts Paddle in the Park. It’s a relaxing float by canoe or kayak on Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls. On September 27, they'll offer their Fall Float, a guided tour by a Hartman naturalist of Big Woods Lake. There is a registration fee and you'll need to call to register as canoes and kayaks are limited.    

Cook’s Outdoors
1910 Center Street, Cedar Falls (and at Big Woods Lake in the summer)

At Cook’s Outdoors, you can buy live bait, tackle, boats and motors, kayaks, paddleboards and outdoor supplies. You can also rent kayaks. On select weekends over the summer, Cook’s Outdoors will be at Big Woods Lake, renting kayaks and paddleboards. Ask them about dropping off for float trips.

Crawdaddy Outdoors
207 E. Bremer Avenue, Waverly, Iowa

Crawdaddy Outdoors offers ACA Kayak Safety Clinics, Kayak Demo Days and river floats. In the summer, they also offer kayaking trips. Visit them online for information about upcoming events, their guide service and rentals.

UNI Wellness & Recreation Center
WRC 174, on the Campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Outdoor Recreation Services offers a variety of equipment for rent including canoes, canoe trailers, kayaks, an paddleboards as well as tents, packs and bags, snowshoes and cross-country skis.  

Need a map? Pick up a Cedar Valley Trails & Recreation Guide at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. A map of hard-surfaced trails in the Cedar Valley (more than 100 miles) is on one side and the opposite side features our water trails, including the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail. The map is also available at area kiosks including the Behrens Rapp Station on 1st Street, the Cedar Falls Public Library, Scratch Cupcakery, the UNI Book Store and area hotels.

Want to find more Things to Do, Places to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink? Contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 6510 Hudson Road or give us a call at 800-845-1955.

We’d be happy to help!  

Kayaking in the Cedar Valley

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