One of my big summer “bucket list” items was to get out and experience some kayaking. I’ve been going back and forth on purchasing a kayak, but I wanted to be absolutely certain it was something we would truly use and enjoy. That’s why I was excited to hear about a new kayak rental location in Central Iowa!
Quarry Springs Park – 200 North Park Road, Colfax, IA 50054
Quarry Springs Park is a park located in Colfax, Iowa and is easily accessible from the interstate. You would think with its location near such a major roadway, that the park wouldn’t feel secluded or natural but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The lakes that make up the park are abandoned rock quarries and they connect together in a beautiful chain of calm waters and scenery. If kayaking isn’t your thing they have some trails for walking and fishing seemed popular both from small boats (electric only – no gas engines) and the shoreline.
Quarry Spring Outfitters – Kayaking Rental and Sales
Quarry Springs Outfitters is a new kayak rental business opened near the parking lot and water’s edge. They have a Facebook page that serves as a great way to contact the owner but also have a website. If you are looking to rent kayaks they rent out both single and tandem kayaks by the hour – rental includes life preservers as well. If you are looking to purchase (hopefully us in the near future) they do sales as well. The owner who we met when we went seemed to be a great resource on all things kayak and paddle sport!
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays – weather permitting – check Facebook for weather closings or special holiday hours!
Price: Tandem Kayak $20 for first hour and $12 for each additional hour. Single Kayaks $15 for first hour and $10 for each additional hour. Fishing Kayaks also available.
Our Kayaking Experience
My seven year old and I started out in a tandem kayak for one hour. It was a great chance for us both to get comfortable and for me to show her how to stroke correctly. We traveled through several of the lakes and saw turtles, fish, and several birds as we paddled and talked. It was a fun way to talk and connect and I could definitely see us returning and having some great conversations over the years.
After we finished our hour in a tandem, my daughter was begging to give going out solo a try. I was nervous about the idea but Greg the owner reassured me that he had a kayak she could handle. He helped me get settled into my own kayak and out on the water first and then loaded my daughter up and gave her a push start.
Greg was right, my daughter took to it with ease!
We had so much fun paddling around together and laughing. My daughter is a high tension person, just like me. Yet, when I looked over part way through our solo paddling I saw her laying back on her kayak, fingers dangling in the water, with the most relaxed face I have ever seen her have. It was worth every penny. I had to paddle over and take a picture.
On Our Next Visit
We will definitely be returning. The plan is for my husband and I to take the whole crew out! He will tandem with our 2.5 year old, I will tandem with our 4 year old, and Karrigan will once again trek out on her own. I’m really looking forward to the adventure and the potential to buy our own down the road.
If you are looking for a great outdoor experience for your family in Central Iowa you should definitely give this place a look!
Have you been Kayaking? Do you have a water sport you enjoy?