The Turkey River Water Trail is 98 mile stretch of the Little Turkey and Turkey Rivers in Northeast Iowa connected through signs, maps, and river access points that provides an enjoyable, scenic and educational experience for recreational users. The 98 mile water trail begins on the Little Turkey River at Gouldsburg Park and flows southeast through Fayette and Clayton Counties toward the Mississippi River. The Water Trail features beautiful scenery, diverse wildlife species, and numerous historic landmarks.
Map & Guide
What is a “Water Trail”?
Iowa’s Water trails enhance recreational experiences for all water recreation enthusiasts, including but certainly not limited to canoeists and kayakers. A water trail is defined as an on-water point-to-point travel system with multiple access points, and a recommended route connecting the points. On a river or stream, this may allow for downstream travel. On a lake, a water trail might hug a shoreline and include open water crossings at strategic points. Find maps for other water trails on the Iowa DNR’s River Programs website.
- Clayton County Parks
- Fayette County Parks
- Big Spring Trout Hatchery
- Motor Mill (2013-Motor-Mill-Brochure.pdf)
- Yellow River & Wapsipinicon River guides also created by Northeast Iowa RC&D
Google Earth KMZ Files
|Site Name||Streamflow ft3/sec|
|Turkey River at Spillville, IA||75|
|Turkey River near Eldorado, IA||370|
|Turkey River at Elkader, IA||616|
|Turkey River at Garber, IA||1,090|
|Volga River at Fayette, IA||82|
|Volga River at Littleport, IA||293|