The shoreline and river bottoms along and near Credit Island Park in Davenport is a fat biking paradise. No trail system exists, so it is bushwhacking, adventure and exploration at its finest. The summertime shoreline along Credit Island provides a rocky and sandy area to test your fat skills. Wintertime is the best time to ride, when local trail systems (Illiniwek, Sunderbruch, etc) may be closed or unrideable due to deep snow or the freeze/thaw cycle. This Credit Island area is in the Mississippi flood zone, therefore no trails are built or maintained. Upriver or downriver, ride the shoreline as well as the inland wooded areas, finding technical challenges such as downed tree trunks, logs, boulders and root systems upon which you can spend hours refining your skills. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the views and observe the Bald Eagles that winter in the area.
Research the water levels [Davenport Gauge | Muscatine Gauge] in advance for a better riding experience, and as always use good judgment, be safe and ride responsibly. The area is always open except during periods of significant Mississippi River flooding when the City of Davenport closes Credit Island park and adjoining bike paths and roadways.
In late 2014, FORC adopted two Iowa side river miles via the “Adopt-A-River Mile” program initiated by Chad Pregracke and his Living Lands & Waters foundation. The miles are based upon US Army Corps of Engineers river navigation charts; FORC adopted miles 479 & 480. Mile 479 starts about ¼ mile from the lower tip of Credit Island, and goes upriver. The upper end of Mile 480 ends on the shoreline directly across from Midwest Metals on River Drive/US Hwy 61 (roughly ½ mile upriver from the Credit Island Park entrance road).
FORC organizes an annual river cleanup on the adopted area after flooding tends to settle down. Keep an eye on the FORC website for details.
Credit Island Parking
Park near the boat ramp or lodge; there are yellow gates that get locked from dusk till dawn to prevent parking on remote downriver areas of Credit Island.
From I-280, exit at West River Drive, head East into Davenport about 3 ½ miles and turn right (South) on the Credit Island Park entrance road.
From downtown Davenport, head West on River Drive (aka South on US61). Drive about 2 miles and turn left (South) on the Credit Island Park entrance road.
Free parking is available near Modern Woodman ballpark and the Freighthouse Market. Get on Davenport’s Riverfront bike path and head downstream, riding past the Marquette Street boat ramp. Drop onto the shoreline anywhere downstream from the Train Bridge crossing the river (this is not the Govt/Arsenal bridge). NOTE that the first ¼ mile section is not adopted by FORC and it seems many transients litter the place in summertime, so beware of broken glass in this area.