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Nishnabotna River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: July 27, 2008
Nearest City: Hancock, IA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: Julian & Laurie


So, who would have thought. 30 minutes from Council Bluffs my wife and I embarked on a nice 3.5 hour relaxing kayak trip down the Nishnabotna River.

The trip was easy, with the Botna Bend Park ranger carrying our kayaks upstream to Avoca, IA. We spent the entire morning and early afternoon watching Blue Heron's and other birds as we gently paddled down this pretty river.

The recent rains made portage a little muddy, but the refreshing quiet float and the chilly water, made this hot summer day one to remember.

Highly recommended. You can rent Kayaks directly from the park. Great Time.


Full Camping facilities, showers, and primitive/non-primitive camping.


$2.00 entry and $10 kayak rental for a half day


From Council Bluffs:
Eastbound on Highway 6 to Oakland, IA. Northbound on Highway 59 to Hancock. Botna Bend Park is located within Hancock City limits.

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