Class I Des Moines River, IA/MN

Des Moines River Water Trail (Fort Dodge to Redwing Area Access)

The Lower Des Moines River flows through lowland forests and along some of Southeast Iowa’s interesting historic towns and structures. You may feel like you are moving through time while viewing ancient geology and archaeology evident in the layers of rock outcrops.

Large sycamore and cottonwood trees of the lush forest add to the atmosphere of timelessness. Fish and explore from a boat, or get out on sandbars and adjacent public lands. (Source: Iowa DNR)

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 293.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager State, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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Photo Credit: Traval Iowa