Maquoketa River Water Trail

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Maquoketa, IA 52060

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Canoe and kayak enthusiasts can take advantage of a well-developed and maintained river trail system along the Maquoketa River in Jackson County. There are two forks of the Maquoketa River that read more
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    Canoe and kayak enthusiasts can take advantage of a well-developed and maintained river trail system along the Maquoketa River in Jackson County. There are two forks of the Maquoketa River that meander some 50 miles through the county, meeting just north of the town of Maquoketa. The river then flows another 30 miles until it reaches the Mississippi River.

    North Fork:
    Caven Bridge Access - located at the bridge on 60th Ave. 60th Ave is a gravel road off county road Y31.
    Davison Bridge Access - located at the bridge on 212th Ave, about 1.5 miles east of Highway 61.
    Other undeveloped accesses (Ozark Bridge, Teeters Bridge, and others) occur on road right-of-ways or on private land and landowner permission should be obtained before using these.

    South Fork:
    Canton Bridge Access - located at the bridge in the town of Canton on county road E17
    Buzzard Ridge Canoe Stop - located in Buzzard Ridge Wildlife Area, the river is accessible to hikers and paddlers.
    Millertown Bridge Access - located at bridge on 30th Ave, 3 miles north of Monmouth.
    Royertown Bridge Access - located at bridge on county road Y34, 3 miles north of Baldwin
    Chenelworth Bridge Access - located at bridge on 82nd Ave, 3 miles NE of Baldwin
    Morehead Canoe Access - located at bridge on 70th St, 3 miles NE of Baldwin
    Joinerville Park - located on 123rd Ave, access from Highway 64
    Please use EXTREME CAUTION if continuing down the river to Lakehurst Dam. There is a canoe portage on the left side of the dam.

    Lakehurst Dam - located on 173rd Ave in Maquoketa
    Maquoketa City Access - located at N. 5th

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    You can access the Maquoketa River at numerous places throughout the county. Jackson County Conservation has placed directional signs along roadways. See links for a PDF map of access points.

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