Lake Red Rock Tours

April-October 2019

Lake Red Rock is Iowa's biggest lake! Come explore the south shore called Elk Rock State Park. We'll view the 'sea cave,' find fossils, learn about the history of the lake and area, and spend the morning paddling the shore. Enjoy a paddle along the sandstone cliffs along Lake Red Rock while being introduced to the fun and excitement of basic sea kayaking. Our staff will provide a variety of safety tips, help everyone get in their kayaks safely, and provide coaching as needed to paddle your kayak effectively. Our trip will meander along the shoreline of Elk Rock State Park to view the high sandstone cliffs, learn about the geology of the area, discover a few historical facts, and see a variety of wildlife.

Red Rock Eco Tours

All tours run 8:30-1pm

- Sunday May 12

- Saturday, June 29

- Saturday, July 6

- Saturday, August 24

- Saturday, September 22

- Sunday, October 6

 

Description

This brief tour introduces those with no experience to the fun of kayaking in either single or tandem sea kayaks. Our instructors will teach you how to land and launch your kayak properly, how to apply basic strokes to maneuver your kayak, and provide coaching as needed to paddle your kayak effectively. Our trip will meander along the shoreline of Elk Rock State Park to view the high sandstone cliffs and if time permits learn a little about the geology of the area, discover a few historical facts, and see a variety of wildlife.

Experience Level 

None! No previous kayaking experience is required for this trip. It is a great tour for beginning and novice paddlers. Please be aware that participating in any kayak trip includes the possibility of tipping and getting wet.

 

What To Bring

All you need to bring along is your lunch, plenty to drink, and a change of dry clothes. We’ll provide everything else.

 

Itinerary 

Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

 

Start by getting sized for a paddle, PFD, and a kayak.  Next, we’ll introduce you to some basic paddling concepts, discuss safety issues, and then get you on the water.  

 

When everyone is comfortable the tour will move east to explore the shores and cliffs. Along the way, you’ll make stops at points of interest to view fossils, explore a cave, and learn about the geology of the lake. The last stop will incorporate a quick lunch and then the tour will continue back to the boat ramp.

 

Trip Includes: 

Kayak, Personal Flotation Device (Lifejacket), paddle, instruction, and guidance along the route.

 

Price: 

$64.20 (includes all gear)

Red Rock Adventure Tours

- Sunday, April 21 8:30-3pm

- Saturday, June 15 8:30-3pm

- Saturday, July 13 8:30-3pm

- Sunday, October 13 2:00-8:30pm 

 

Description

Join us for an extended excursion along the limestone cliffs and to the sea cave along the Elk Rock State Park shoreline. The route and distance covered will vary according to weather conditions and the experience level of the group. We’ll start at Ranger Point and paddle back to the west. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the local “sea cave,” including the chance to paddle through it. We’ll follow the high sandstone cliffs and explore the coves and beaches along the way. Our experienced instructors and guides will help make this exploration a fun, safe, and exciting day. 

Experience Level 

Kayaking Fundamentals I or ACA Level 1 Assessment Card

 

What To Bring

Bring your kayak and kayaking gear or rent it from CanoeSport Outfitters. Either way be sure to bring your lunch, plenty to drink, sunscreen, and a change of dry clothes in a dry bag. If you bring your own kayak it must have at least one bulkhead or be a sit-on-top and be at least 12’ in length.

 

Itinerary 

Everyone should meet at the restrooms at the top of the hill just inside the parking lot at the Elk Rock State Park Boat Ramp. The trip will start at the kayak launch halfway down the ramp and to the left. Plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the trip.

 

Weather permitting the group will head east to explore the high cliffs and bays along Elk Rock State Park. Your guide will discuss the history of the area, including some interesting stories about underwater towns and outlaws. You’ll hear about how the valley was formed and see some fossils. You’ll make your way to the local “sea” cave and paddle through it if water levels permit. 

 

Near the end of Elk Rock State Park the group will discuss a crossing and decide whether to head across to the Cordova Cliffs. If you do you’ll paddle back west along the north shore and either cross at the mile-long bridge or continue under it to explore the western part of the lake. Along the way you’ll make a few stops, including one to enjoy lunch and friendly conversation.

 

Trip Includes: 

Guidance along the route and an informative program by the guide.

 

Price: 

$42.80 - without kayak rental. Bring your own gear (see above 'What to Bring' for requirements)

$64.20 - includes kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental with CanoeSport

Directions Eco Tour: Meet at the 2nd Left inside Elk Rock State Park. There will be a pit toilet and parking lot overlooking the lake. Meet in this parking lot and we will carpool to put-in. 

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