Ep. 272: Wapsipinicon River | Iowa camping hiking kayaking

Avatar admin | September 14, 2022

The Wapsipinicon, known locally as the Wapsi, is a roughly 300-mile tributary of the Mississippi River that drains the rural farming region of rolling hills and bluffs north of Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In this episode of Grand Adventure we're camping on the riverbank in Pinicon Ridge Park, a 966-acre Linn County recreation area that includes not only some of the nicest county park camping that we've found, but also American Elk, an observation tower, watercraft rentals, fabulous hiking and more. Come along and explore with us!

Filmed: August 21-23, 2022


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  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:55 Flying Squirrel Campground
  • 4:55 The best fly traps ever
  • 6:08 RV Mattress by Brooklyn Bedding
  • 8:14 Pinicon Ridge Park
  • 10:15 Hiking at Pinicon Ridge
  • 12:58 Central City, Iowa
  • 13:32 Kayaking the Wapsi
  • 22:09 Wrap-up and what's next



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