Relax with a river ride

Julia Ferrell

Interested in the outdoors? Try floating down the Skunk River.

Seven Oaks Recreation offers both canoe and kayak rentals from the month of May through October.

At Seven Oaks, you have the option of two different trips. Trip one travels eight miles down the river and lasts between two and four hours. Participants go under the longest and highest double-track railroad bridge in the world, where trains run 185 feet above the river every 15 minutes. This ride is for casual floating.

Trip two runs the same route, but it includes an extra seven miles that pass through Ledges State Park. The trip lasts five to eight hours. If you prefer to stay in your canoe or kayak most of the time, then this trip is for you.

Canoe rates start at two people per canoe, with an addition $4 for a third or fourth person. Trip one is $43 per canoe, and trip two is $49.

Large groups pay less: trip one is reduced to $38; trip two is $43. Groups must call at least seven days in advance and pay a 50 percent deposit charge. Kayak rates run for individual participants only. Trip one is $29 per kayak and trip two is $32.

Seat cushions and upgraded PFD life vests can be rented for $2 per day.

Drinks, ice, candy bars, T-shirts, can koozies and wet/dry bags are also available.

Participants must be age 15 or older, and those younger than 18 require a signature of approval from their parent or guardian.

All participants are required to sign a rental agreement prior to being driven out to the river.

Volunteers are welcome to rent canoes and kayaks in an effort to clean the water after a busy season.

For additional information, contact Seven Oaks Recreation at 1086 22nd Drive, in Boone, or at 515-432-9457.