Your #1 source for kayaking and canoeing information.               FREE Newsletter!
my Profile
Places to Paddle > IA > Lake Odessa Add a Report

Email Page Printer Friendly Version Submit a Report
Lake Odessa - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Wapello, IA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: RichardGates


Lake Odessa is on the East bank of the Mississippi River, North of Burlington, Iowa. Several Lake homes dot the West shore with a small campground located about mid lake. the main lake is not the main attraction for paddlers though, it's the portion of the Mark Twain Wildlife refuge across the lake. Small canals connect several ponds and are abundant with waterfowl, otters, and other wildlife. The canals are too shallow for motor craft, and extend for miles. A paddler that I met told me he had spent several days in the backwaters and never saw it all. I had an opportunity to sit in my canoe and watch an otter swimming around me playfully for about twenty minutes or so. If relaxation is a primary function of your trip, you'll love this one.


Small campground with a couple of primitive sites, and some sites with electric and water hookups. Latrine but no showers. Camping fees are about $7.00/night.


I believe it's state highway 99 from Burlington. Check your roadmap, it's about ten minutes south of Wapello.


Mark Twain Wildlife Refuge. (regional office located in Quincy Il.)

Show All IA Reports - Submit Your Report

 Great Products from the Buyers' Guide:

Overstock Outlet Foods

Paddling Gloves

Kayak & Canoe Outriggers

Heel and Pegpads™

Women's PFDs


Follow us on:
Free Newsletter | About Us | Site Map | Advertising Info | Contact Us


©2015 Inc.