Can we bring alcohol?

Yes, as long as you are 21 yrs old or older and you plan to drink responsibly. No glass containers and no Styrofoam coolers. 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 [...]

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Do we need to make a reservation?

We DO recommend you make a reservation to go canoeing, kayaking or river tubing. We will book out in advance of most weekends. Click here to claim your spot! Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if equipment is available. Please at least call us before just showing up 515-432-9457.

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Are there places to stop along the way?

It all depends on river height. Normally, there are plenty of sandbars to stop at.  When the river gauge at Stratford shows a height of 5’-6’ there are a bunch of sandbars to stop at.  At a height of 6’-8’ there are sandbars about every ½ mile to stop at.  At a height of 8’-9’ [...]

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What is the river like?

This 7 mile section of river provides flat water floating…there are no rapids.  On a quiet afternoon you will see animals on the riverbanks, birds flying overhead, wildflowers growing in the wooded bluffs and a bald eagle’s nest just past the Kate Shelly High Bridge. Please understand that this is not the “lazy river” at [...]

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Do we have to wear a life jacket?

We do recommend all floaters wear the provided life jacket or you may bring your own. By the Iowa law, people on a river tube do not have to wear a life jacket but we do recommend wearing one. River tubers, once you are at the river, please see a Seven Oaks staff member to [...]

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Can we bring dogs?

Well behaved small dogs on a leash may accompany you on our shuttle bus.  Well behaved small dogs are also welcome to join you in your canoe or kayak but we do not have pet life jackets. Please pick up after your pets.

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Do we finish where we start?

Though there are days the river is lazy this is not the “lazy river” at the local water park. So no, you will finish approximately 7 miles South of where you begin.

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Can we bring our own river tubes or canoe/kayak?

The river and boat ramps are public property, so you can float on your own using the same section of river that we do. TUBES: If you are wanting to utilize the Seven Oaks transportation to and from the river you must rent one of our river tubes. CANOE/KAYAK: We do provide 1 way transportation [...]

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Can our group float canoes/kayaks and tubes?

It all depends on the river flow. Tubes, canoes/kayaks can float together when there is sufficient river flow. Keep in mind boats will float faster than tubes so it will be difficult to stay together.  Pulling tubes with a canoe or kayak is not allowed. If river levels are lower tubes launch from a separate [...]

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