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Iowa whitewater, Des Moines River

Webster county, Breens section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     0.1 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Iowa and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Iowa tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that many runs in this state are very easy. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This is a very short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times.
    The Breens stretch of Des Moines River in Webster County is 0.1 miles long and it is classified as a class III section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Fort Dodge it's not a long drive at all to the starting
location, as you can see on the road map further down. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way there are not so many other good places for that around here. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Breens section is one of them. There are many good hotels to choose from, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and spending some quality time in  
nature have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're stopping by Des Moines River from Fort Dodge, you won't be the only one. From a precipitation point of view Des Moines River is a pretty normal spot. The month of June is the wettest with most of the rain while January is typically the driest month. High temperatures at Des Moines River through the warmest time of the year are in the 80's while night lows are typically in the 60's. Through the winter highs are in the 20's, and night lows through the wintertime for Des Moines River tend to be in the 0's.

Des Moines River, Breens 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 Des Moines River.
 Whitewater Near Des Moines River:
Des Moines River, Webster County, 0 miles away
      Class III - 0.1 miles long (Breens)
Soldiers Creek, Webster County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 1 miles long (park to mouth)
Lizard Creek - SouthBr., Webster County, 9 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (D22 to mouth)
Boone River, -blank- County, 29 miles away
      Class I(II) - 0.5 miles long (Park and Play)
Briggs Woods Spillway - Ditch 166, Hamilton County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 0.3 miles long (Webster City)
 Ski Areas Near Des Moines River:
Seven Oaks, Iowa , 32 miles away, 275 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Riverside Hills, Iowa , 61 miles away, 190 foot drop, 3 lifts, 6 runs
Mount Kato, Minnesota , 81 miles away, 240 foot drop, 8 lifts, 19 runs
 Hotels Near Des Moines River:
Best Western Starlite Village, Fort Dodge , 2 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge , 4 miles away
AmericInn Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge , 4 miles away
Quality Inn Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge , 4 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Fort Dodge, Fort Dodge , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Des Moines River:
John F Kennedy Memorial Park, Badger, 2 miles away
Webster County Fairgrounds, Fort Dodge, 5 miles away
Frank A Gotch County Park, Dakota City, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Des Moines River:
Brushy Creek Trail, Webster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Des Moines River:
Spring Lake County Park, Iowa , 25 miles away
Twin Lakes State Park, Iowa , 30 miles away
Ledges State Park, Iowa , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Des Moines River:
Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course, Fort Dodge , 2 miles away
Fort Dodge Country Club, Fort Dodge , 3 miles away
Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, Fort Dodge , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Des Moines River
Badger Lake, Webster , 2 miles away

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