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Iowa whitewater, Cedar River

Linn county, Kepler State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     0.1 miles
 
I drove there from Colorado because i heard there was a whitewater park built here, but didn't find one. It looked like there could be a wave there at some point but no eddy service. Is it possible I went to the wrong place? I went to Palisades-Kepler state park, at the bottom of the hill at the river, it was a wide open flat river with a low head dam that had been partially removed with a small rapid in it but nothing i could really play on.
    Is there another one somewhere else in Iowa that is running right now? Says Cari M

If you've been out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so keep in mind that a
lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Cedar Rapids, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Cedar River is 0.1 miles long and is a class III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large  
number of other places. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the Kepler State Park section is one of them. This section is very short so it's not like you're gonna spend hours on the river in one stretch. The natural beauty of Iowa and the cool fresh water have people coming here. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby.

Cedar River, Kepler State Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Cedar River.
 Whitewater Near Cedar River:
Cedar River, Linn County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Kepler State Park)
 Ski Areas Near Cedar River:
Sundown Mountain, Iowa , 57 miles away, 475 foot drop, 7 lifts, 20 runs
Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Illinois , 58 miles away, 262 foot drop, 7 lifts, 15 runs
Fun Valley, Iowa , 76 miles away, 240 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
Chestnut Mountain, Illinois , 80 miles away, 475 foot drop, 4 lifts, 17 runs
Mount La Crosse, Wisconsin , 97 miles away, 516 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
 Marinas Near Cedar River:
Scales Pointe Campground and Marina, North Liberty , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Cedar River:
Sleep Inn & Suites, Mount Vernon , 6 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Marion/Cedar Rapids, Marion , 8 miles away
Victorian Lace Bed Breakfast, Marion , 9 miles away
Quality Inn North, Cedar Rapids , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Longbranch Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar River:
Palisades Kepler State Park, Ely, 0 miles away
Lake Macbride State Park - Primitive, Solon, 6 miles away
Squaw Creek County Park, Marion, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Cedar River:
Lake MacBride State Park Trail, Johnson , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cedar River:
Palisades-Kepler State Park, Iowa , 0 miles away
Lake Macbride State Park, Iowa , 6 miles away
Wapsipinicon State Park, Iowa , 18 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar River:
Gardner Golf Course, Cedar Rapids , 4 miles away
Lake Macbride Golf Course, Solon , 5 miles away
Saddleback Ridge Golf Course, Solon , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Cedar River
Lake McBride, Johnson , 7 miles away

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