Canoe/Kayak in Boone, IA



Closed for all activities Monday – Friday (11/29 -12/03)

Office Hours will be Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Open Saturday for skiing and snowboarding (12/04) & Sunday (12/05) 10am to 6pm with night rates starting at 3pm. 25% off regular rates.

Open Terrain: Abby’s Alley, Carters Crossing and School Yard and part of Freeway.

Lifts: Valley View Triple Chair and Slow Poke Rope.

Park Features: A Frame box, 20′ round rail, 10 flat bar, small kicker.

((Daily Purchased Lift Tickets and rentals are first come first served…we are not selling ski/board daily lift tickets or rentals online.))

SNOW TUBING: right now we are unsure when snow tubing will open.



We are sold out of Unlimited Season Passes, Nights Only Season Passes, and Sundays Only Season Passes.
4th Grade and 5 & Younger w/rentals Season Passes are still available. 5 & Younger Passes are only available in person and must have purchased another pass this season for this one for one deal. 

Get the latest updates by following our FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages.

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, and paintball 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.


River Update: With the low river levels, we are done floating for the season.

We will start concentrating on getting ready for a great ski, snowboard & snow tube season.

Paintball is open by Reservation

Save time before you arrive for your river float at Seven Oaks.

Print and sign the Summer Activity Waiver or sign onsite.

Book Online Reservation

Canoe or Kayak Trip

2 to 4 hour float covering 7 miles*

The Des Moines River is great for canoeing and kayaking! Passing under the staggering 185 ft. tall Kate Shelley High Bridge, this seven mile stretch of the river is rich with scenery and great sandbars to stop at. The float is approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how much you paddle versus float and how much you stop at sandbars. Enjoy a scenic float that will take you under one of the longest and highest double-track railway bridges in the world, with trains passing 185 feet overhead approximately every 15 minutes.

Complimentary transportation departs from Seven Oaks for Canoe/Kayak Trip on Mondays through Fridays at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm. Check in a minimum of 30 minutes before your transportation departure time. First pick-up is 1:00pm.

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.

*Approximate times and distance

Here’s how our full service Canoe/Kayak and River Tube rentals work:

  • We float 7 days a week.
  • We have 2 launch times daily Monday through Friday and 4 launch times Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 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 4 pm Monday through Friday, and 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 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.

Children are always welcome to join in on the FUN on one of our river floats. Our recommended ages are:

Canoe- 2 yrs and older

Kayak- 8 yrs and older

Tube- 5 years and older

Please note that our kids life jackets fit down to a child 30-50 lbs.

It is recommended that everyone is able to swim before taking one of our river floats.

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

Open for River Activities: June – Labor Day Weekend call for availability outside these dates.
Floats outside these season dates are subject to weather and at the discretion of Seven Oaks.

Off-the-river-time 4 pm Monday through Friday; 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays.

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

Canoe/Kayak Rates (2021)

Add 7% sales tax to all rates.
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)
Add $8 for 3rd & 4th person in canoe
Canoe Seat Cushion – $2 per day
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

One Person Kayak Rates
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

For Group Rate Information Click Here.

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.

Once you submit an online reservation a Seven Oaks Representative will contact you within 24 to 48 hours to finalize your request. A credit card is required when making a reservation. Your card is only to hold your reservation and will not be charged unless you do not show up- please bring your card or cash when checking in.  If plans need to be cancelled or numbers reduced, you must notify Seven Oaks a minimum of 5 days before the date of the planned float. Any changes within the 5 days will be charged in full and a credit certificate will be issued for you to use at a later date.

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 first float of the day 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 a Summer Activity Waiver. You may print the agreement to obtain required signatures prior to arrival.

Canoe/Kayak Policies

  • 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 per hour 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.
  • 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 one 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. Kegs are not allowed.

No Littering or Dumping
No glass containers or Styrofoam coolers allowed 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, August 28th, 2021. Registration packets for this great event can be found here.