Winnebago River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip
Day Trip Report
July 2, 2011
Mason City, IA
Island Park just below dam in Fertile Iowa. One portage at some rapids at about mile 12. Easy short portage on river right. Encountered a few fences across the river, all of which were pretty easy to pass under.
Be careful of the fence right at the I 35 bridge.
Just above dam at Lime Creek trailhead in Mason City at about mile 18.
Trip took me 3 1/2 hours. I paddle pretty steadily and averaged about 5 1/4 mph. Flow rate was 700 cfs at the Mason City gauge.
- Pilot Knob State Park Forest City
- Clear Lake State Park
- MacNider Campground in Mason City
Take county road S18 4 miles south from Fertile to county road B20. Go east on B20 about 9 miles to Highway 65. Go south 2 miles on Highway 65 to 12th St NE. Go east about 1/2 mile to Elm Drive. Turn left and go about 1 block to trailhead.
Printed out map from Google Maps.
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