Adventure River

Outdoor Aquatic Center Main Pool and Adventure River

There is fun for all ages and sizes at the Pella Aquatic Center! Ride the 494 foot river on tubes encountering waterfalls, geysers, and a tidal tank; zoom down 200 foot tube slides; or experience the shallow play area with a family slide and bubblers. The river is on average 8' wide and has depths of 2 feet to 3 feet 9 inches. Also, our river has a wave generator, one of the first municipal sites in the state to have one.

Sliders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride all the big slides. You must also be at least 48" to ride the river without adult supervision.

If you haven't seen this attraction, plan to take some time to do so. Even if you don't swim, it's fun to watch the activity and see all the excitement.


In 2001 voters approved a 1% Local Option Sales Tax, and one of the main projects on the ballot was a new aquatic center. Due to the cost of the project it was completed in two phases. The Adventure River, which opened on June 9, 2008, was Phase II. The cost to complete the Adventure River was $3.3 million and was funded by local option taxes. No debt was issued for this phase II addition.

Stats comparing the Adventure River to the Main Pool:

  • The total area of the Adventure River is 32,375 square feet, Main Pool is 33,958 square feet.
  • Adventure River holds 182,796 gallons of water, Main Pool holds 300,000 gallons.
  • Adventure River and shallow play area have a surface area of 8,793 square feet while the main pool is 9,060 square feet.