CanoeSport Fireside Adventures

Basic Boat Repair - Shireen Cave

February 15, 2020

Is your boat or board looking a little loved, have a few dents, or maybe a good smash on the side? Come learn how to do basic boat/board repair. Learn how to repair plastics, fiberglasses, and kevlar. We'll get destructive with a few boats and then walk through how to do emergency repairs to get you back to camp or home. 

Basic Photography - Scott Shrader

February 22, 2020

Scott Shrader is a kayak angler who has developed a passion for photography.

Planning Your Paddling Season - Jeff Holmes

February 29, 2020

Discuss class and trip options for the 2020 paddling season. How early will you start? In what order should classes be. taken? What gear will you need for what you want to lean and where you plan to go?

How to Pack a Sea Kayak - Shireen Cave

March 07, 2020

Learn tips and tricks for getting gear in your kayak for a week or more. Learn about dry bags and stuff sacks. Get ideas for carrying water and see how Shireen actually loads all her equipment.

Canoeing Iowa Revisited - Jeff Holmes

March 14, 2020

Discover what was the true beginnings of CanoeSport Outfitters as Jeff Holmes shares his experience publishing Canoeing Iowa magazine before he started the retail store. He'll discuss how the idea got started, how he actually turned the idea into a reality, and what he had to learn the hard way. He'll show pictures of some of the old magazines and have old issues of the magazine on hand for people to see.

Using a Sextant - John Pearson

March 21, 2020

Do you know what a sextant is and how to use it? Come learn how to use this nautical tool and see its value in the modern age. Today is also the spring equinox which is when the sun lines up at the equator making using the sextant easy to learn. 

Getting into Kayak Fishing - Scott Shrader

March 28, 2020

Do you like to kayak and fish but can't figure out how to do both at the same time? Join Scott Shrader, pro-angler for Native Watercraft, as he explains how to outfit your kayak for fishing. He'll share tips and tricks for how to organize gear, what to take and what to leave behind, and how to catch fish while standing in your kayak!

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Come explore new places or learn a new skill! It's cold outside and though we won't have a real fire we gather together Saturday afternoons to socialize and dream of warm places.

Firesides are free and open to anyone! All adventures start at 1pm and last for about an hour. No reservation needed!

Questions call 515-961-6117


Saturdays 1pm-2pm

If you have an idea for a future Fireside please let us know! We're always looking for new ideas or speakers!

After March 28 - Fireside Adventures will resume in the fall. 

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Hours: Sunday-Monday - Closed

Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday - 10am-5pm

Thursday - 10am-8pm

Store Stats​​

27 Years in Business

Original Owner!

*  Kayaks, Canoes, SUPS Sold = 5552

*  Hours of Instruction = 3600+

*  Days of Guided Trips = 325+