Kayak and Canoe Rental in Des Moines, Iowa

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Kayak and Canoe Rental in Des Moines, Iowa

Kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are fun summer activities for the whole family in central Iowa! Whether you are looking for kayak rentals, different river floats, and excursions, paddleboard rentals, or canoe rentals, there are plenty of places to enjoy the water and options to rent in the Des Moines area. Many offer half day, full-day, or an hourly rate. Many places include life jackets with their rentals but always double-check before going. 

Check out this great list of kayak and canoe rentals in Des Moines, Iowa.

Big Creek Marina

Location: 8550 NW 142nd Avenue, Polk City

Contact: 515-984-6083

Details: You can rent several things at the Big Creek Marina including Hobie Sailboats, fishing boats, canoes, pontoon boats, kayaks, hydro bikes, stand-up paddle boards, and more. Prices vary dependent on the length of the rental and what you are renting. 

Canoe Sports Outfitters

Location: 203 W Salem Avenue, Indianola

Contact: 515-961-6117; info@canoesportoutfitters.com

Details: Canoe Sports Outfitters offers lots of fun tours and paddling courses. If you would like to plan your own trip, you can rent gear to paddle on your own.

Captain Roy’s 

Location: 1900 Saylor Rd, Des Moines, IA 50313

Contact: Visit the website and select ‘Book Online Now!’

Details: There are many options and access points listed here. Rent a kayak to float on the Des Moines River from the Euclid access point to Captain Roy’s. A shuttle ride is provided. 

Easter Lake Boat Rental

Location: 2830 Easter Lake Drive, Des Moines

Contact: 515-418-0837

Details: Easter Lake Boat Rental provides a wide selection of quality outdoor recreation rental equipment right on the beach at Easter Lake Park. Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, bikes, fishing boats, Craig cats, drinks, snacks, bait, and more. 

Gray’s Lake Park

Location: 2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines

Contact: 515-237-1386; parks@dmgov.org

Details: Gray’s Lake Park offers several watercraft to rent including canoes, double kayaks, single kayaks, standup paddle-boards, and pedal boats. After a day on the water grab a snack and the snack shack! 

Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center

Location: 12130 NW 128th Street, Granger

Contact: 515-323-5339

Details: Jester Park Outdoor Recreation & Wellness Center offers equipment to rent for all seasons including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, snowshoes, and more. Rental prices vary. 

Lake Ahquabhi

Location: 16510 118th Avenue, Indianola

Contact: 515-967-0792

Details: Canoe Sport Outfitters offers different watercraft for Lake Ahquabi including paddleboats, rowboats, single and double kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and more. Prices range from $8 per 30 minutes to $45 for the day.

Quarry Springs Park

Location: 1208 Hwy 117 S, Colfax

Contact: 515-306-0126

Details: Quarry Springs Outfitters rents and sells kayaks, paddle sports accessories, and E-bikes. Contact Quarry Springs for more details on prices. 

Raccoon River Park Boathouse

Location: 2500 Grand Ave., West Des Moines

Contact: 515-440-4787 / 515-222-3424

Details: The Raccoon River Boathouse is operated by CanoeSport Outfitters and is located in West Des Moines. You can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and more to enjoy on Blue Heron Lake. Racoon River Park is a great place to play all year round and a favorite place for our family.

Raccoon River Retreats

Location: 7LL Bridge Street, Redfield, Iowa 50233

Contact: 515-833-2636 or website

Details: Float on the Middle Raccoon River! This location is perfect for the inexperienced to the expert paddler and safe for the whole family which makes it an enjoyable experience. They offer both canoe and kayak rentals and shuttles along the Middle Raccoon River between Panora, and Redfield Iowa. 

Seven Oaks Recreation

Location: 1086 222nd Drive, Boone

Contact: 515-432-9457; info@sevenoaksrec.com

Details: Seven Oaks Recreation offers several rental packages to have fun on the river all summer long including tubes, canoes, and kayaks. They are known for their kayak trips which include shuttle rides and more. Prices of rentals and excursions vary. Check their website for details.

Terra Park 

Location: 6300 Pioneer Parkway, Johnston, IA 50131

Contact: Visit the website and select ‘Book Online Now!’

Details: Kayak on Terra Park Lake located in Johnston, Iowa. Perfect for all ages! 


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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