Water Trails in Louisa County

Check out the Paddling Events in Louisa County

Odessa Water Trail
This unique trail meanders through pools, wetlands and timbered chutes. One option connects paddlers to the Mississippi River via a short portage.

Iowa River Trail

The Iowa River Trail begins in Iowa City and ends at the mouth of the Mississippi River near Oakville.

Other Paddling Options

Other places to paddle in Louisa County range from small ponds to Mississippi River backwaters. Some areas have water year round, others are seasonal wetlands.

Try these areas:

  • Big Timber Division of Port Louisa NWR ( Mississippi River backwater)

  • Cone Marsh Wildlife Management Area

  • Indian Slough Wildlife Area

  • Horseshoe Bend Division of Port Louisa NWR (seasonal)

  • Klum Lake Wildlife Management Area (seasonal)

  • Flaming Prairie Park (small, seasonal wetland)

  • Virginia Grove Recreation Area (small pond with year round water)