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Iowa whitewater, Cedar River

Black Hawk county, Cedar Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     0.05 miles
I used to live there and when the water is high in the spring the river moves big time. And watchout for the dam. Says Andy

Link to Cedar River Environmental Group for Maps etc. Link to Cedar River Environmental Group for Maps etc. http://www.thecregproject.org Says CREG

This section of Cedar River in Black Hawk County is 0.05 miles long and has been rated as a class II section by American Whitewater. The starting location is
    a short drive from Waterloo-Cedar Falls, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This is a very short section so better bring some good walking shoes. If you'll be staying in
a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Iowa is often easier than elsewhere, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are not as hard as elsewhere. Getting your paddling muscles activated and just hanging out with mother nature are sure to keep you coming back for more.  
The wonderful Iowa scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Cedar River will make you feel great. Cedar River doesn't have a lot of paddling stretches, the Cedar Falls stretch is the only one.

Briefly about the general area:
While you're here at Cedar River you will meet lots of folks from close by Cedar Falls. A visit to Cedar River wouldn’t be complete without a visit to nearby George Wyth Memorial State Park. Summertime highs at Cedar River generally tend to be in the 80's. Once the sun is down it plunges down to the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 20's with temperatures at Cedar River dipping down into the 0's during winter nights.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Cedar River.
 Ski Areas Near Cedar River:
Fun Valley, Iowa , 50 miles away, 240 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Cedar River:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cedar Falls, IA, Cedar Falls , 1 miles away
Clarion Inn University Plaza, Cedar Falls , 2 miles away
Days Inn Cedar Falls- University Plaza, Cedar Falls , 2 miles away
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls , 3 miles away
AmericInn Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cedar River:
Big Woods Lake, Cedar Falls, 1 miles away
George Wyth State Park, Cedar Falls, 3 miles away
Black Hawk County Park - Cedar Camp Ground, Cedar Falls, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cedar River:
George Wyth Memorial State Park, Iowa , 3 miles away
Heery Woods State Park, Iowa , 20 miles away
Union Grove State Park, Iowa , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cedar River:
Doyle Golf, Cedar Falls , 1 miles away
Pheasant Ridge Golf Course, Cedar Falls , 3 miles away
Greenbrier, Waterloo , 5 miles away

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