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Iowa whitewater, Raccoon River

Polk county, Walnut Woods SP Ledges section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     0.1 miles
  The average Iowa whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The wonderful Polk County scenery and the cool fresh water beats anything. There are no other stretches to paddle along Raccoon River than the Walnut Woods SP Ledges stretch. This is an extremely short stretch so you'll
    have to walk back to the start over and over. The put-in is not too far from Des Moines, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of Raccoon River in Polk County is 0.1
miles long and has been rated as a class I-II section by American Whitewater. There are plenty of hotels here if you want to spend a night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
Walnut Woods State Park is both
great and delightful, and it's close to Raccoon River; the cheerful people of West Des Moines like to hang out close by. For the period of the summer here at Raccoon River, high temperatures commonly reach the 80's; the nighttime is somewhat colder of course, mostly in the 60's. High temperatures throughout the winter are normally in the 20's; overnight lows in the 0's for Raccoon River. Raccoon River gets a common amount of precipitation. The month with most of the rain is June, and January on the other hand is the driest.

Raccoon River, Walnut Woods SP Ledges 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 Raccoon River.
 Ski Areas Near Raccoon River:
Seven Oaks, Iowa , 29 miles away, 275 foot drop, 4 lifts, 13 runs
Fun Valley, Iowa , 82 miles away, 240 foot drop, 5 lifts, 14 runs
 Hotels Near Raccoon River:
Sleep Inn & Suites West Des Moines Near Jordan Creek, West Des Moines , 1 miles away
Drury Inn And Suites West Des Moines, West Des Moines , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites WEST DES MOINES-JORDAN CREEK, West Des Moines , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn - Stes West Des Moines, West Des Moines , 3 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton West Des Moines-SW Mall Area, West Des Moines , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Raccoon River:
Walnut Woods State Park, Des Moines, 1 miles away
Timberline Best Holiday Trav-l, Waukee, 5 miles away
Bob Shetler, Johnston, 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Raccoon River:
Walnut Woods State Park, Iowa , 1 miles away
Lake Ahquabi State Park, Iowa , 17 miles away
Pammel State Park, Iowa , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Raccoon River:
Glen Oaks Country Club, West Des Moines , 1 miles away
Ponderosa Public Golf Course, West Des Moines , 2 miles away
Willow Creek Golf Course, West Des Moines , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Raccoon River
Dale Maffit Reservoir, Dallas , 2 miles away
Lake Halice, Polk , 5 miles away
Lake Easter, Polk , 14 miles away

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