RiverWay Water Trails

Welcome to the Quad Cities Water Trails

Experience the Mississippi River as it was first discovered, while paddling! The Quad Cities area is rich with water. Paddling conditions on the Mississippi and Rock Rivers are perfect for multi-day excursions with camping access, afternoon urban getaways, and getting in touch with nature for all levels of paddlers.

The 45 miles of Quad Cities Water Trails also ties directly into 73 miles of recreational trails for exceptional cycling and hiking.

As the mighty Mississippi River carves its way toward the Gulf of Mexico, it carries with it a sense of great adventure, mystique and respect. Paddling the Mississippi and Rock Rivers can be a challenging, rewarding and awesome experience. It demands your full attention at all times. Watching a towboat with a tow of barges navigate the river is an exciting experience, especially from the seat of a kayak or canoe.

You’re sure to treasure the time you spend on the Quad Cities Water Trails.

Check out all the paddling events on the Mississippi River going on this summer. CLICK HERE to find your adventure.

Come to the Rock River Trail to hike, bike, kayak, or canoe. CLICK HERE to learn more.


  • View/Download the Map
  • Contact River Action to be mailed a hard copy of the map

  • Interactive Google Map

    View Quad Cities Water Trails in a larger map

    QCWT Information

  • Suggested Trips for Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Paddlers
  • History and details of the Mississippi & Rock Rivers
  • Safety and River Traffic
  • Locking Through on the Mississippi
  • Other Water Trail Connections & Bike Trails
  • Boat Rentals & Paddling Instruction
  • Driving Directions, Camping, & Hotels

  • Thanks to our sponsors

    American Canoe Association

    Saukenuk Paddlers Canoe & Kayak Club