Canoeing and Kayaking


Recreational Services offers  FREE, weekly canoe outings on the Upper Iowa River.  Transportation and canoes/kayaks are provided.  The approximately 1 - 1.5 hour float is meant to be an short, easy way for getting as many people on the river as possible.  We will start at the Pole Line Rd./Bluffton Rd. bridge and end at Luther College.  Whether you are experienced or not at canoeing, we invite you to join us.  A Recreational Services employee will canoe along with the group. We have trips every Saturday afternoon until October 6th

Dates:   September 13th; September 20th; September 26 (family weekend canoe - full) September 27 (family weekend - full); October 4th, Oct. 18 (weather permitting)

Canoe & Kayak Checkouts

Luther students, faculty, and staff can check out any of the five canoes and eight kayaks owned by Luther for FREE!  We even have a trailer that you can use to transport them if you have a vehicle with a 2-inch ball hitch. Luther students have priority usage of the equipment. Go to Recreational Services online equipment checkout form to reserve them. 

We will contact you regarding availability and pick-up at the time of your reservation.

For canoe, kayak, and tube rental providers in Decorah - see the Rentals page.

canoeing the upper iowa river
The Upper Iowa
Canoeing on the upper Iowa