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River's Access LLC

Kayak Rentals on the Middle Raccoon 







You will notice a few new phone numbers on the website.  I have decided to take 2015 off and pursue some different adventures.  I want to thank all of you for the business over past 11 years.  In 2015 we plan on hitting all the rivers in the state and start a book about the different river and camping experiences along the way.  There are 2 outfitters perfectly capable of the added capacity.  Raccoon River Retreats (515-833-2636) is a great outfitter for large groups of 14 and up.  Linden Canoe and Kayak rentals (641) 744-2603 are geared for more custom stretches of the river for groups of 14 and under.  Both are excellent outfitters and I've used them both for sub-contracting over the years.  Thanks again for all your business over the years, it's been a great experience! 

If you enjoy the outdoors and looking for a great summer time activity than you have found it!  Take family and friends and experience a fun adventure packed  day on the Middle Raccoon. You'll enjoy the relaxing atmosphere kayaking along wooded hills, twists and turns, numerous sandbars and a few fast currents on the Middle Raccoon. The rental kayaks are recreational kayaks which provide a stable float to ensure a good time. Many people associate kayaking as a sport where you constantly are rolling up and down in the water, this is not the case. With a larger cockpit (you are not strapped in) and flat bottom they provide more then adequate room to stuff the cooler in the nose of the kayak, drybag behind the seat and just kick back, soak up some sun and relax.  Please DO prepared to get wet, most do whether it's swimming or hitting a boulder sideways going around some of the bends!  These kayaks are rated at a weight limit of 240 lbs.  Designed for those looking to relax and enjoy the water on one of Iowa's protected waterways!

Your adventure will start by meeting us at one of the 5 access points and we will drive you up river where you will begin the float. We will provide the kayaks, paddles and PFD's (life jackets).  From there you will paddle back down to the dam in Redfield where your vehicle is parked and head for home. Schedule a day or camp all weekend, we'll take you where you need to be and you do the paddling!

Exit 100 off I/80 and head north to the dam in Redfield (40 minutes west of Des Moines).

River's Access LLC



Targeted for first time paddlers and outdoor adventurers, a chance to get out and kayak one of Iowa's protected waterways.  The mild waters of the Middle Raccoon provide a pleasant, scenic float perfect for first time paddlers wanting to get out and relax for the weekend.  As indicated in the picture above taken very early in the year, that we have a few challenging spots to keep you on your toes.  So bring backup clothes and be prepared to get wet! 


  •  5 River access points from 2 hours up to approximately 8 hours (vary depending on group speed and water levels)

  • Daily Kayak rental from Middle Raccoon Access to Redfield                             $25.00
  • Daily Kayak rental above Middle Raccoon Access and/or alternate take out     $35.00


  • The Raccoon River Valley Trail (bike trail)  also runs through the Guthrie & Dallas county area.  Permits are required and can be locally purchased.  So bring your bikes and enjoy the Dallas County backwoods  via bike and kayaks!


  • River's Access LLC adopted the Raccoon River Valley Trail from the town of Linden to Redfield.  Volunteers are always welcome to come join us anytime for clean-ups, call for details. 






Since 1941, the Iowa Air National Guard has been an integral part of our nation’s defense and our state’s emergency response system.  Pictured above is members from our very own Iowa National Air Guard enjoying a day on the Middle Raccoon.  A big hat's off to our military!!!!!