Cedar Falls River Recreation Area

River Recreation Area

Opening Fall 2024

Grab your gear, rally your crew, and get set to be among the first to explore the new Cedar River Recreation Area in Cedar Falls!

Known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, Cedar Falls has always been a favorite destination for nature enthusiasts. An exciting new water adventure is nestled amidst 130 miles of trails, a vibrant downtown, and rejuvenated riverbanks.

The multi-million dollar enhancement of the river area provides new opportunities for fishing, tubing, paddling, and more.

There are multiple water access points for kayaking and tubing, fishing jetties, and aquatic life pools. The area provides safe and easy access to the river for visitors to play, relax, and enjoy the surroundings.


4.11.24 - We want YOUR input to help us give this awesome spot the perfect name! Whether it's a nod to our local history, a tribute to nature, or just something that screams FUN, we want to hear your ideas! 

Kayak Cedar Falls
Take a leisurely paddle, or test your skills on class 1-3 courses.
Fishing Cedar Falls
Cast from wading areas or jetties.
ADA Compliant Cedar Falls
ADA-compliant construction features ensure everyone has access.

River Walk Cedar Falls
Stroll along the river trail and River Art Plaza..
Cedar Falls River Recreation Area

Choose a cozy spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Bike Trails Cedar Falls
Bring your bike and explore more of the city on the trails.

Turtle Back Landing Cedar Falls

Park your watercraft at Turtle Back Landing and walk downtown.

Downtown Cedar Falls
Shop local at boutiques in the historic Downtown District.
Cedar Falls Restaurants

Enjoy ice cream, lunch, or dinner at more than 30 nearby restaurants.

Stay tuned for updates and follow the construction progress on CedarFalls.com