Canoeing the Upper Iowa River
The Upper Iowa River is the distinguishing feature of Decorah and the surrounding area. Two separate groups will begin near Granger, Minn. and paddle several miles beyond Decorah over the 6 days and 5 nights. Each night the groups will camp at different campgrounds along the river. All gear will be shuttled from campsite to campsite by a Luther College staff member.
The Upper Iowa is a meandering float river, so the work will not be too physical, and there will be plenty of time for conversation and cooking (and looking for fossils, as well) on its shores. This also means it is a great trip for beginner and experienced canoeists alike. Each group will consist of eight new students along with the two group leaders.
Safety is always a top priority. Close attention will be paid to weather forecasts, water height, and water velocity. Everyone on the trip is required to wear life jackets at all times when on the river.
Here is what one person had to say about this trip:
-"Hi! I just wanted to say my son had a WONDERFUL experience on the Upper Iowa Canoe trip last week! He made some good friends and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you for making this available to new students!"
- Upper Iowa Gear List (73 KB PDF Document)Upper Iowa gear list and information