Iowa Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Iowa? View Iowa parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Coralville Lake, Iowa Camping Areas

Directions North of Iowa City, Iowa. From I-80 take Exit 244 (Dubuque St.); go North 3 miles to West Overlook Road and proceed 1/4 mile to the park areas. Phone (319) 338-3543 Activities BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Click to reserve your campsite at these 10 camping areas: 1. COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND (IA) >> Camping Area The Cottonwood Campground is located within the Dam Complex at the Coralville Lake Project. The Coralville Lake Project is a multiple use project providing primary benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management and forest management. Coralville Lake provides many recreational opportunities, including boating, camping, hiking, mountain biking, lake and river fishing, swimming, water skiing, picnicking and hunting. 2. East Overlook

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DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions DeSoto Refuge is located midway between the farming communities of Blair, Nebraska, and Missouri Valley, Iowa, just off of U.S. Highway 30. From the Omaha, Nebraska, metropolitan area, take I-29 North to Missouri Valley, Iowa. Exit at mile marker 75. Head West on US Highway 30 approximately six miles to the refuge entrance; the Visitor Center is an additional one mile south into the refuge. It is an approximately 25-minute drive to the refuge from Omaha. Phone 712-642-4121 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Desoto National Wildlife Refuge DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is part of a network of refuges devoted to

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Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 3 miles north of Marquette, Iowa on Hwy 76. Phone (563) 873-3491 Activities HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Effigy Mounds National Monument Official Website Effigy Mounds National Monument Map The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument’s 20 culturally associated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

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Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions Take exit 254 off Interstate 80 to West Branch, Iowa. The Visitor Center is 0.3 mile north of Interstate 80. Phone (319) 643-2541 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, HIKING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Official Website Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Map Orphaned at age nine, Herbert Hoover left West Branch never to live here again. In later years, he returned to his humble birthplace to celebrate his long career of public service. A memorial landscape remains to tell his story: how community, hard work, honesty, and usefulness to others opened a world of opportunity” and the presidency of the United States” to a child of simple beginnings.

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Iowa Wetland Management District, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions The Iowa Wetland Management District is managed by staff at the Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is roughly 2.5 hours southwest of Minneapolis and northwest of Des Moines. From Algona, take Highway 169 north to Bancroft; turn right (east) on county road A-42, and proceed six miles to the office at 1710 360th St. From Interstate 90, take the Blue Earth, MN, exit and follow Rt. 169 south into Iowa. At Lakota, follow P60 south to A42, then west 0.5 miles on A42 to the office. Phone 515-928-2523 Activities AUTO TOURING, FISHING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Iowa Wetland Management District The Iowa Wetland Management District is part of Union Slough

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Lake Red Rock, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions 4 miles southwest of Pella on County Rd. T15. Phone (641) 828-7522 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds WHITEBREAST CAMP HOWELL STATION NORTH OVERLOOK CAMP WALLASHUCK SOUTH OVERLOOK (IA) FIFIELD (IA) NORTH OVERLOOK PICNIC SHELTER (IA) WHITEBREAST POINT SHELTER (IA) MINER’S RETREAT ENCLOSED SHELTER (IA) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Lake Red Rock Website Red Rock Marina Lake Red Rock Trail Map Facebook Red Rock Lake Association Lake Red Rock Photo Album Lake Red Rock is Iowa’s largest lake and is just 10 minutes from Pella, known for its Dutch heritage and 15 minutes from Knoxville, Sprintcar Capital of the

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Mississippi River – Pools 11-22, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Phone (309)794-4524 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds BLANDING LANDING CLARKS FERRY FISHERMANS CORNER GRANT RIVER SHADY CREEK THOMSON CAUSEWAY Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Mississippi River – Pools 11-22 Website Mississippi River – Pools 11-22 Photo Album Mississippi River – Pools 11-22 Map Fifteen campgrounds dot the shoreline along the upper Mississippi River Project. Facilities include campsites, boat ramps, picnic shelters, interpretive programs, hiking trails and eagle watching in the winter months. Fishing is very popular along ?Old Man River.?

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Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge is located 18 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa, on State Highway 163. Follow the refuge directional signs just south of Prairie City at exit 18. Travelers on Interstate I-80 should use exit number 155 at Colfax and follow directional signs approximately 7 miles south on Highway 117 to the refuge. Phone 515-994-3400 Activities AUTO TOURING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, located just 25 minutes east of Des Moines, Iowa, was established in 1990. Its mission is to re-construct tallgrass prairie and restore oak savanna on 8,654 acres of the Walnut Creek watershed and to provide a major environmental education facility focusing

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Rathbun Lake, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions From Des Moines, 85 miles southeast on IA 5. Phone (641) 647-2464 Activities AUTO TOURING, BIKING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING SITE, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds BRIDGEVIEW (RATHBUN LAKE) BUCK CREEK (RATHBUN LAKE) ISLAND VIEW (RATHBUN LAKE) PRAIRIE RIDGE (RATHBUN LAKE) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Rathbun Lake Website Rathbun Marina Rathbun Lake Photo Album South Fork Marina Over 700 campsites are available at this 11,000-acre lake in the rolling hills of southern Iowa. Excellent camping, fishing, hunting, boating, state fish hatchery, and Honey Creek Resort, are major attractions.

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Saylorville Lake, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions 2.4 miles and becomes Hwy 415. Continue on Hwy 415 N to the lake area.ORFrom I-35/80: Take Exit 127 to Highway 141 N. Take Highway 141 N approximately 6 miles to exit 148 which is NW Saylorville Drive or Hwy 415. NW Saylorville Drive will lead into the lake area. Phone (515) 276-4656 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds ACORN VALLEY BOB SHETLER RECREATION AREA CHERRY GLEN CAMPGROUND PRAIRIE FLOWER RECREATION AREA BOB SHETLER PICNIC AREA CHERRY GLEN PICNIC WALNUT RIDGE RECREATION AREA SANDPIPER RECREATION AREA OAK GROVE PICNIC AREA Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Saylorville Lake Marina

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Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Iowa Camping & Hiking

Directions Union Slough Refuge is roughly 2.5 hours southwest of Minneapolis and northwest of Des Moines. From Algona, take Highway 169 north to Bancroft; turn right (east) on county road A-42, and proceed six miles to the office at 1710 360th St. From Interstate 90; take the Blue Earth, MN, exit and follow Rt. 169 south into Iowa. At Lakota, follow P60 south to A42, then west 0.5 miles on A42 to the office. Phone 515-928-2523 Activities AUTO TOURING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Iowa Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Iowa Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Iowa Recreation Areas Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 to provide a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The actual slough is all that remains

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