Class II Little Sioux River, IA

Little Sioux River Water Trail (Diamond Lake to Missouri River)

The Little Sioux River is an Iowa prairie stream. It begins its journey in the swampy area of southwestern Minnesota and flows for approximately 220 miles, emptying into the Missouri River almost midway between Sioux City and Omaha. The Little Sioux may not offer consistent paddling opportunities in Dickinson and Clay Counties, but it does flow by scenic prairie remnants and public areas. On its southwesterly course past Spencer, its flow increases as it is joined by the Ocheyedan River. This is western Iowa’s largest interior stream; the Little Sioux’s watershed is nearly equal to the watersheds of the Wapsipinicon and Maquoketa Rivers combined. (Iowa DNR)

Section Details

Trip Length Multiday, 234.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager State, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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