Iowa - 32th Annual Cedar River Canoe float - 5 days (or 1-2-3 your choice)

32th Annual disorganized CEDAR RIVER CANOE FLOAT 2019

The 32nd anniversary of the disorganized Cedar River Canoe Float will begin Saturday, June 9thth floating through Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

The float will start out putting in at Otranto Park, just south of the Minnesota border (see below for directions) where we will canoe or kayak down the beautiful Cedar River to our final take out in Janesville, IA in five fun-filled, relaxing days. You may elect to float 1, 2, 3, or all 5 days. The choice is yours and we welcome one and all!

We camp every night at established campgrounds along the way (toilets/showers/electrical) so feel free to bring your tent, camper, or RV. All campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. All camp fees are your own responsibility. Campground fees usually run between $12 and $15 per night (more for an electrical site).

Sportsman’s Campground in St. Ansgar (Friday / Saturday), Cedar View Park in Nashua (Sunday / Monday), and Cedar Bend campground in Waverly (Tuesday). For those of you with GPS units, we have included 911 addresses for the campgrounds below.

As usual, we are our own shuttle service as a group so extra support people are not necessary. You will be responsible for all of your own meals both on and off the water (breakfast / lunch / dinner / snacks / drinks) though sharing snacks on the water is always welcome. Restaurants and gas stations are always near for morning coffee, ice, and essentials. Feel free to cook at the campground or patron one of the many local establishments.

There is no registration fee for this year’s float, although donations are always appreciated to cover mailings, boat stickers, and other expenses as they arise!

T-shirts are available for purchase. Please follow the link to see T-shirt design, shirt options and colors to place your order/payment. Orders may also be made thru Melissa by sending in your shirt choice, size, and payment via check or money order to:
Melissa Krishnan, 773 Sherwood Drive, Iowa City, IA 52245 or email Payment must be received by May 23 in order to receive a shirt. We will not be taking orders for T-shirts after May 23.

Tshirt order link:

Please note this is not a sanctioned or organized float – just a bunch of friends paddling down the river at the same time. We look forward to seeing you on the river!!!

Karen & Melissa

JUNE 8-12, 2019

  1. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices are required for each person on board a canoe or kayak and must be accessible to that person
  2. All canoes and kayaks must be currently licensed if required by the state in which you live. IA and MN have reciprocity with each other.
  3. It is advisable to carry a spare paddle and to have bow and stern ropes on the boat.
  4. ALWAYS portage around intact dams.
  5. Be prepared. Weather factors, such as high winds or heavy rainfall, may create hazardous conditions on some river areas. Every attempt will be made to transport participants to the next overnight stop if weather conditions are unsafe.
  6. Campsite fees and meals are the responsibility of individual participants.
  7. Daily transport for vehicles to the next campsite will be coordinated.

DAY 1—Saturday, June 8. (8.5 mi.) Otranto Park (east edge of Otranto, 1233 480th St., St. Ansgar)to Sportsman’s Campground (1.5 mi. south of St. Ansgar, IA, on CountyRdT-26, turn east on 410th St, to Glass Ave. 3959 Glass Ave.) Camp at Sportsman’s Campground.

DAY 2—Sunday, June 9. Portage to Interstate Park (650 W. Commercial St., Mitchell). Paddle to Osage Spring Park (3540 Spring Park Rd., Osage) (5 miles) or T38 Access (1 mile south of Osage, 8 miles). Camp at Nashua (15 Wabash Avenue, Nashua).

DAY 3—Monday, June 10. (12.6 miles) Put in at Nashua boat landing behind the elevator in town. Paddle to Plainfield North Cedar Park (1 mi. east of Plainfield, 1163 140th St., Plainfield). Camp at Nashua.

DAY 4—Tuesday, June 11. (8.3 mi.) Plainfield to Waverly Cedar Bend Park (Business 218 N. of Waverly Airport, then NE on Casper Ave. [County Rd.T-77], E. on 205th St. , 1267 205th St., Waverly). Camp at Waverly.

DAY 5—Wednesday, June 12. (10.1 mi.) Put in below Waverly Dam at Brookfield Park (415 6th Ave. SE, Waverly). Paddle from Waverly to Janesville (130 W. Barrick Rd., Janesville).

Contact Info: Karen Johnson 319-321-7184
Melissa Krishnan- 563-260-3761

2019 float is upon us! Please join us on the river.