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Monticello Canoe Rental

What better way to enjoy summer, than by spending it on the river.  Monticello Canoe Rental, is  taking reservations for the 2018 season. So get your friends together, pick a date and make your reservation today. You can register online at or call 319-465-3697Monticello Canoe Rental is a family-owned, and operated business . Addam and Lori Fier have taken over the former McDonugh Canoe Rental and are very excited for the upcoming season, they are in their fifth year of operation and absolutely love what they are doing. This canoe rental has been in business for over 30 years, and the Fier’s plan to continue providing the same great service, that has made them one of the most sought after canoe rental companies in the state.

Monticello Canoe Rental is located on the Maquoketa River, in Monticello Iowa. Whether your interests are canoeing, kayaking, or tubing, the Maquoketa River is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Whether its your first time in a canoe, or your a seasoned paddler, Monticello Canoe Rental will do their best to make sure your time on the river is a safe, relaxing, fun filled day. There team of employees do all the work, so you can worry about whats most important; Having Fun!Your float begins at the canoe rental office, located below the Mon-Maq Dam, and continues down river to beautiful Pictured Rocks Park. The trip should take about 3-4 hours in a canoe or kayak, and approximately 5-6 hours in a tube.

With 160 canoes, 50 kayaks, and 250 tubes, Monticello Canoe Rental is ready to handle your next group outing. Weather its a scout group, business retreat, bachelor party, church group, or just a weekend with friends, their friendly staff will make sure your float is a success.

Some dates will fill up fast, so make your reservation soon, this is one summer Adventure you wont want to miss out on.

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  1. This looks like a great time, thanks for sharing all these Iowa Adventures

  2. Great article! We have been looking for a place in Iowa to float.

  3. This is exactly what my family and I have been looking for. We will be planning a canoe / tube trip this summer and Monticello Canoe Rental is where it’s at! Thankyou for the info…Don P.

  4. Good article. Got my attention turned in the Monticello direction for a canoe trip this spring!

  5. Been looking for a weekend trip that my classroom might enjoy taking, Monticello Canoe Rental looks like a great place. Thanks for sharing, we will be booking our trip very soon.

  6. Do these places pay you to write about them? If not you need to be charging them. Or charging your readers for all the awesome finds. Something. These places will make my summer fucking rock hard!! I cant wait to read much more from you. That is really a terrific website.

    • I have a passion for the outdoors and Adventure, it runs much deeper then money. I can promise you this though, the Adventures you find on my page, are the best of the best. I really do a lot of research about every place on my page to make sure its top notch. Thanks for reading!

  7. I will be booking my trip very soon good read right here

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    April 20, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been doing a little research on canoeing in Iowa And he actually bought me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to share this cool business on your site.

  9. We have used 4 different canoe companies in the past, and recently after reading this article we decided to try out Monticello Canoe Rental. It was a little out of the way for us but totally worth the trip. The staff was so friendly and helpful to our special needs daughter, the canoes where clean, the bus driver was friendly and even helped my husband with the cooler. I just can’t say enough they really did an outstanding job. Thank you for sharing this with us and helping to make our summer a little brighter.

  10. I need to say thank you! We had used outback canoeing in previous years. After we saw this article we decided to try monticello canoeing. There staff was very friendly and helpful and the folat was perfect. We will be using monticello canoeing from now on.

  11. As far as the maquoketa river goes the section between monticello and pictured rock park is probably the best section for tubing. lots of sandbars, nice scenery, a couple bridges, and the current is not dangerous. We enjoyed our float and the staff at mcr are very helpful. we will be back next year.

  12. We had a fun time, the water levels where lower then expected, but I guess that is the case all over the state. Not much rain this year. This is a very well run canoe rental no wait times for pick ups, no waiting for a canoe good way to run a business. We will be back, just in the early spring when water levels are higher

  13. We had a great time, the river was perfect and the people at Monticello Canoe Rental where very helpful. Our family is planning to make this an annual event. Thanks for the info on this place.

  14. It was a beautiful day in the water our whole float experience went great. Very well run canoe business just wish they had camping.

  15. We had a great time, thank you for recommending mcr. We will be back.

  16. We had a fun trip just wish they could police the drunks a little.

  17. I took my son here last week. It was his first kayak trip. We both had a great time. Thank you Mark for suggesting Monticello. And thanks Monticello for providing such a fun and safe experience. We will be back for sure.

  18. Great place to enjoy a hot summer day.

  19. This place looks great and all, but twice now we have tried to canoe here, and they are always closed. Gonna give it one more try on Sunday but I’m losing confidence.

  20. I could be wrong but i think they are closed because its been flooded. Not really in there control.

  21. I could be wrong but i think they are closed because its been flooded. Not really in there control.

  22. This is a great starter river for those new to kayaking. I have had many great experiences here over the year’s.

  23. We are heading up next weekend, looking forward to it. Hope it don’t rain again.

  24. We are heading here next weekend can’t wait!

  25. No better way to get wasted, then floating down river on a tube. That’s what summer is all about.

  26. Monticello canoe rental is great the owners live in Maquoketa nice people.

  27. We had a wonderful time on the river. It was a beautiful day and other then forgetting my sunscreen in the car everything went perfectly.

  28. Great place to spend a hot summer day!

  29. This is a perfect stretch of river for beginner paddlers. We came last year on a Saturday and the river was packed with people. This year we came on a Thursday and we almost had the river to ourselves. I recommend visiting during the week. Completely different experience.

  30. We loved it. This stretch of river is so peaceful and secluded. We are coming back the first week of August. Can’t wait!

  31. I think i must just have bad luck. 3 times i have tried to tube here and 3 times it has not happened. Looks fun but i wouldn’t know.

  32. We tubed here before the fair and just like the story promised we had a great time and Monticello took care of everything for us. We will be making this an annual tradition for fair week.

  33. It was a beautiful day on the water. The cooler temps helped keep a lot of the tubers away. It was great having the river to ourselves. We are already planning another trip back for the end of August. Can’t wait!

  34. We had a great experience with monticello canoe rental, thank you for the tip.

  35. Fun little day trip. Very scenic, just a bit over crowded.

  36. This has become our favorite summer time destination. We made it down here at the end of last summer, and canoed. The water level was pretty low but still had a great time. This summer we made it diwn twice. Once in a canoe and once in a tube with a group of friend. Great time and loads of fun. Thank for pointing me in this rlght direction.

  37. This was our first time on the water so i wasn’t sure what to expect. But everything went perfectly. The river is great for first timers like us, but its pretty enough for even experienced paddlers to enjoy. The shuttle service is very prompt in getting you back to your car, and the canoes are in great shape. I couldn’t ask for a better first impression.

  38. We visited yesterday, and had a great time. We are planning to canoe every year as a sort of end of summer ritual. The river was beautiful, and the shuttle service was right on time. Thanks again for recommending Monticello.

  39. We are planning on paddling here this weekend, praying for nice weather.

  40. Hey Mark, thanks for the reccomendation, we had a good time on the river and will be back next summer for sure.

  41. We are planning on going this weekend as an end of summer blowout, but the weather is not looking great. Do you have any info on the water levels? Is it safe to float or is it to high? I would love to know in advance so we can make other plans if needed. Thanks

  42. Any Idea when they will open back up? Tried to visit on Saturday and it was closed. Thanks

  43. We tried to make it down their twice this year, the river was flooded both times. Hopefully next summer we can make it happen.

  44. Apparently they are closed for the year.

  45. Well i was hoping to get one more paddle in before the weather changed. But now its cold as shit, so I doubt it will happen. Monticello is always a nice place to canoe, great stretch of river and a great operation as well.

  46. We had a fun canoe with you, thank you for the sharing of information. we already want to return next summer.

  47. Hello,nice share. Been meaning to get up this way however it never seems to work out. Do you know when there season ends for the year?

  48. Is anyone sitll open this season? Its looking like nice weather this weekend? Let me know we want to get a group together for one last trip.

  49. I love canoeing, but its been a strange year. The river was either to high or to low. Hopefully we get a normal season next year.

  50. Great place to kayak! But you may want to avoid weekends in the summer, the river gets a little crowded with tubes.

  51. it seems like this summer went by so fast, i did not get to do half the things i had planned on doing this year. usually this float trip is the highlight of summer for us.

  52. Always a fun time!

  53. My husband loves kayaking here!

  54. We tubed here this summer. Very nice well run business. We had a great time and will be back for sure.

  55. Canoed with these guys early this summer, I had a pretty good time. Beautiful stretch of river and well run shuttle service.

  56. Floated here twice, always a good time!

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