Iowa offers miles of hiking trails, yet traveling on foot is not the only way to experience the state’s network of avenues. Multiple counties (notably Jackson, Jones, and Delaware) each claim their own share of the Maquoketa River Water Trail, as the tributary of the Mississippi River winds through the rolling hills of Northeastern Iowa for 150 miles. Dozens of easy access points create segments of varying lengths of the Maquoketa for kayakers, canoers, and floaters to enjoy.
Many companies stationed along the Maquoketa River offer rentals of kayaks, canoes, and tubes. Government agencies, including the counties where the river flows, provide information about access points. Here’s an excellent guide from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources about how to use the Maquoketa and other rivers in the state.
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