Iowa River Maps

The following maps are provided for informational purposes and for basic navigation. They are not intended for accurate navigation.

River levels and flows on Iowa River Levels can be found at USGS.


Big Sioux River

Larchwood to Sioux City


Boone River

Boone River – Hamilton County

DNR – Boone River Water Trail PDF

Webster City to the Des Moines River

West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River 


Cedar River

Otranto to Janesville (Charles City Chamber of Commerce)

Otranto to Charles City

Charles City to LaPorte City

Benton County to Cedar County

Project AWARE 2008 Map

Project AWARE 2009 Map

Lower Cedar River and Black Hawk Creek

Cedar River Flatwater Maps

Cedar River Flatwater Paddling Trips


Chariton River

Rathbun Lake to Missouri Border


Des Moines River

Webster County

Boone County

Polk County

Van Buren County

Dolliver State Park to Saylorville

Red Rock Lake to Mississippi River

Des Moines River Water Trail

DNR – Lower Des Moines Water Trail PDF

West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River

Des Moines River Water Trail, Van Buren County (The Villages of Van Buren)


East Fork Des Moines River

Bancroft to the Des Moines River

West & East Fork Des Moines River, Upper Des Moines River, Lizard Creek and Boone River 


English River

Project AWARE 2006 Map


Iowa River

Hardin County

Iowa City to Mississippi

Belmond to Marshalltown

Tama County to Mississippi River

Project AWARE 2012 Map

Project AWARE 2006 Map


Little Sioux River

Spencer to Smithland

Little Sioux River and Mill Creek

Project AWARE 2005 Map


Little Turkey River

Project AWARE 2011 Map


Maquoketa River

Jones County

Strawberry Point to Green Island

Maquoketa River, North Fork of the Maquoketa River and Whitewater Creek


Middle Raccoon River

Dallas and Guthrie Counties

Panora to Van Meter

North, South and Middle Raccoon River

Project AWARE 2007 Map


Middle River

Madison and Adair Counties 


North Raccoon River

Sac and Calhoun Counties

Carroll and Green Counties

Dallas County

Sac County to Des Moines 

Project AWARE 2007 Map


North and South Skunk River

Keokuk County to Mississippi River


Shell Rock River

Albert Lea, MN to Rockford

Rockford to Janesville

Project AWARE 2008 Map


Skunk River

Story City to New Sharon

Skunk River Water Trail 

Skunk River Canoe Trail 

North & South Skunk Rivers and Big Cedar Creek

Skunk River Water Trail (Jefferson County section)


Turkey River

Fayette and Clayton Counties

Howard County to Mississippi River

Skunk River Paddlers: Turkey River Map

Project AWARE 2011 Map


Upper Iowa River

Lime Springs to French Creek Bridge

GoNomad – Canoeing the Upper Iowa River

Chimney Rock


Volga River

Langeman’s Ford to Garber

Project AWARE 2011 Map


Wapsipinicon River

Buchanan County

Scott and Clinton Counties

Tripoli to Anamosa

Wapsipinicon River Water Trail  

Wapsipinicon River

Project AWARE 2015 Map

Project AWARE 2009 Map

DNR – Wapsipinicon River Water Trail PDF


West Fork Cedar River

Franklin to Black Hawk


West Fork Des Moines River

Petersburg, MN to Humboldt


West Nishnabotna River

Pottawattamie County

Avoca and Atlantic to Hamburg 

Project AWARE 2010 Map


Winnebago River

Winnebago County

Project AWARE 2008 Map

Winnebago River Water Trail


Yellow River

Volney Bridge to Hwy 76 Bridge


Other Maps and Brochures

Lake Odessa Water Trail, Louisa County

Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, Waterloo

Water Trails Underway

Lake Rathbun Water Trail


Good Information on Dams in Iowa

Iowa Whitewater Website