Things To Do

Red Cedar Lodge

  • Red Cedar Lodge morning shuttle for a 2 hour Canoe and Kayak trip
  • Fishing on the Cedar River
  • Relaxing at the Fireside Patio and Hot Tub
  • Wildlife and Eagle Viewing
  • Bicycling access to rural bicycle routes and Charley Western Trail
  • Snowmobiling access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails

Charles City WhiteWater at Riverfront Park

  • Iowa's Premier WhiteWater Riverfront Park
  • Park and play areas designated for kayaks or inner tube fun
  • Great water flow, clean river, and sandy bottom
  • Excellent fishing areas for Walleye, Small Mouth Bass and Northern Pike

Rapids End Outfitters & Live Bait
Rentals for Inner Tubes, Canoes, Bicycles and more.
100 St. Mary's Street Charles City, Iowa 50616
(641) 220-2645


  • Trout fishing at Spring Creek and Turtle Creek
  • Walleye fishing in the Cedar River. Iowa DNR stocks the Cedar River with 28,000 Walleye every year.
  • License and purchasing information can be found at Fishing Licenses.

Driftless on the Fly
Fly fishing lessons and guide trips
(641) 330-9694 | (641) 257-9025



Charles City Lion's Field Pool
20 Lions Field Charles City, Iowa 50616

Nora Springs Aquatic Center
605 E. Congress Street Charles City, Iowa 50458
(641) 749-5321

Cedar River Complex
809 Sawyer Drive Osage, Iowa 50461
(641) 832-3600

Disc Golf

Riverside Disc Golf Course at Riverfront Park
Charles City, Iowa 50616

Mini Golf & Batting Cages

Bayou Bend
1304 Gilbert Street Charles City, Iowa 50616
(641) 228-1416


Cedar Ridge Golf Course
2147 Underwood Avenue Charles City, Iowa 50616
(641) 228-6465

Wildwood Municipal Golf Course
3rd & South Iowa Streets Charles City, Iowa 50616
(641) 247-6322

Canoes and Kayaks

Our canoes, kayaks, and shuttle van are available exclusively for Red Cedar Lodge guests and departs Red Cedar Lodge at 10:00 AM with guests typically returning about 1:00 PM. Enjoy a quiet ride on a scenic wildlife canoe or kayak float down the Cedar River. Guests many times report floating with eagles as they often fly with canoes and kayaks down river.   

  • To provide the best service and accommodate your group, a 2-day notice is needed so that we may schedule a driver. After your canoe trip, your group will be picked up at West Idlewild Park.
  • The cost for shuttle, boats, paddles and life vest is $20 per person.
  • Canoes and kayaks are not available for use on the day of check-in or check-out, July 3-4.
  • Shuttle operation is open June 15 to September 30.
Enjoy Fireside Patio
Our canoe & kayak shuttle
Golf at Cedar Ridge or Wildwood Golf Courses
A beautiful fall float trip
Fireside Patio
Campfire Rings at each cabin
A great place to gather with friends and family
Mini Golf
Fishing the Cedar River
Such a peaceful place
Swim at Lion's Field or Nora Springs
Two Disc Golf Courses
Fireside Patio is used all year
Sledding at Red Cedar Lodge