Riverview Ranch & Resort

Canoe and Kayak on the Mississippi River

Horse Ranch and petting farm

Boating

Pricing, Options, and FAQs
Max capacity of canoe (people): 695 lbs. (strictly enforced)
Max capacity of canoe (total weight including equipment): 775 lbs.(strictly enforced)
Max wt. of individual person in canoe: 250 lbs. (strictly enforced)
Max number of people in canoe: 5 persons (avg wt. 139 lbs each)
Max capacity of kayak: 225 lbs

If any of the weight limits appear to be exceeded, we will use a weight scale to calculate weights.
If load exceeds max safe limit: weight must be adjusted by leaving something/someone behind, or spreading the load to another boat.
If the trip is cancelled for excessive weight, NO refund will be given.
Please check your weights before booking. This is a safety issue and we will not bend on safety.
We have one canoe and two kayaks available for rent.

Lily pads bloom mid July - early Sept.

Petting Farm

canoe or kayak
Thousands of huge, bright yellow flowers, in season, are easily accessible by canoe or kayak.

The area is beautiful and secluded

Waters are slow moving and full of fish, water fowl and other animals. This area of the Mississippi has numerous waterways winding around pristine islands. Not many boats come to this area so it is very private. Other boaters tend to stay more on the main channel. canoe or kayak

canoe or kayak

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canoe or kayak

canoe or kayak



This is a 3 minute video of a canoe trip with Riverboat Roger.
Map of the local river area
Map of the larger river area up to Galena River
Handbook of Illinois Boating Laws and Responsibilities.
We provide life vests and whistles.

To check the river water level go to Water.Weather.Gov and hover over the Bellvue IA green dot.

Recommended Routes

A healthy crew of 2 can paddle the boat about 3 to 4 mph for an extended time. Average speed is about 3.5 mph.
Route one - 2.54 miles (44 minutes) - Beach Island - return the same route.
Route two - 4.62 miles (1 hr 19 min)- Beach Island - Chestnut Mountain - launch site.
Rental price is for up to 3.5 hours. You'll have plenty of time for a picnic lunch and volleyball game on Beach Island, and to liesurely enjoy the scenery.

Satellite Picture of the area.

Athletes can paddle up to 6 miles per hour. Add any time you plan to stay on the beach to the total time. You will probably want to stop and enjoy scenery often, so plan extra time for that. I recommend route one for most people. There is plenty to see and it is pretty easy going with less chance of getting lost. You can use your cell phone GPS to stay on course. We provide boat(s), paddles, life vests, ropes, whistles, plastic bags for cell phones, and a map of the area. You should bring plenty of drinking water. A refundable cash deposit of $20 is required to cover cost of broken or lost equipment. Make the deposit when filling out the liability waiver and get it back after returning the unbroken equipment.

Beach Island

About one and a quarter mile away in slow moving waters. The beach overlooks the main channel of the Mississippi river.

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