Maquoketa River Paddler’s Guide Released

Pick up your guide to one of Eastern Iowa’s premier recreational rivers and enjoy the sight-seeing, fishing, birding, camping, hiking, wildlife-watching, or a relaxing float on this gentle-flowing, intimate river.

The Maquoketa traverses the diverse landscape of Eastern Iowa and passes through several Iowa treasures: Backbone State Park, Manchester Whitewater Course, Lake Delhi, Indian Bluffs State Wildlife Management Area, Pictured Rocks County Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, and finally reaches the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. The guide provides information on river mileage, access points, campgrounds, and more. Six sections and 58 miles of the river are described and mapped in detail.

The guide is available for pick up at no-charge from several Northeast and Eastern Iowa locations, can be ordered through the Northeast Iowa RC&D Online Store, or can be downloaded in PDF format at:

The publication was developed in partnership with the Delaware Crossing and Grant Wood Scenic Byway Boards and designed by Northeast Iowa RC&D with input from the Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau, Iowa DNR Wildlife Bureau, local landowners, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, local livery owners, and river users. This guide was made possible through generous contributions and grants from Iowa Tourism, Community Foundation of Jackson County, Jones County Community Foundation, Foundation for the Future of Delaware County, Jackson County Conservation, City of Manchester, Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) – Iowa Byways Sustainability Project / Grant Wood Scenic Byway & Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway, and through Jackson County Area Tourism Association.