When will we open? Soon...we hope! 

Our snow making pumps have all been rebuilt, the snow making ponds are full and the snow machines are on the slopes ready for Mother Nature to give us some cold air.

It only takes a few days to get 1 to 2 runs open once we see temperatures in the teens. As we look at the forecast, we are shooting for December 5th....BUT it's completely up to Mother Nature.

As we get closer to opening day we wanted to remind you of a few COVID-19 related items:

At Seven Oaks we are committed to opening our slopes responsibly. While keeping our commitment to follow our Covid-19 Winter Guidelines, you should expect that there will be changes to our traditional way of operating. By following our Covid-19 Winter Guidelines, you will help us continue to be a great outlet for you, your family and your friends to get outside and have some fun!

We do expect to be busy and expect that there will be times that we reach our capacity both at our tubing park and the ski/ board slopes (season pass holders will still be allowed on the slopes even when we have temporarily stopped selling tickets). So, we are asking all of our customers to be patient and understanding as we get this figured out.

We will be making posts to our Facebook account to keep you updated when we are nearing capacity. Please follow us on Facebook to get the latest updates.

Our anticipated opening date for skiing and snowboarding will be either November 27th....stay tuned!


Gift Certificates at Seven Oaks make great gifts!

They can be written for any amount and used for food and beverage or any of our activities: Ski, Snowboard, Snow Tube, Canoe, Kayak, River Tube.

Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.

Please give us a call for any questions at 515-432-9457 or e-mail at info@sevenoaksrec.com.

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.

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

  • Please read our updated Covid-19 Safety Guidelines at the top of the page before making a reservation.
  • 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 (2020)

(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 $52/canoe
Trip #2 $64/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 $40/kayak
Trip #2 $46/kayak (2 kayak minimum in party)

Groups of 12 or More People (2 person/canoe), Canoe and Kayak Group Rates
Groups of 12 or more people (6 canoes with 2 person/canoe) will receive a 15% discount off the regular canoe and kayak rates.
Canoe Seat Cushion – $2 per day
Upgraded life jackets may be rented

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

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 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 an Indemnification Agreement/Liability Form. 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 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 29th, 2020. Registration packets for this great event can be found here.