While you’re reinventing yourself in southwest Iowa don’t forget to also reinvigorate your mind and body by relaxing with the many amenities and opportunities available to you throughout the region. A quick tour through the counties will give you a sense of the history so abundant here from the early settlements of the French, German, Swedish and Danish settlers to the travels of the Mormons and the slaves of the Underground Railroad. Museums, local foods restaurants and historic sites in the area as well as annual festivals, county fairs and special events give you a rich flavor and understanding of the local people.
Whether you enjoy the fast-paced excitement of IMCA and NASCAR sponsored auto racing and championship rodeo or one of a kind community theatre and fine arts events held in numerous venues throughout the area, not a week or a month goes by that doesn’t promise some type of interesting and entertaining opportunity for education, enjoyment and enlightenment for people of all ages.
This region of southwest Iowa is home to four state parks and 53 conservation areas encompassing 9,463 acres of parks, native prairie, wildlife reserves and preserves; hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and equestrian trails; public hunting, boating and fishing. Boaters of all types will enjoy the 26 lakes and the 25 navigable rivers and streams in the region. The many lakes in the area cover almost 1,400 acres and have abundant game fish to include blue gill, crappie, walleye, catfish and trophy size large mouth bass. To accommodate the boaters and campers in the area there are more than 1,200 camp sites with over half having either electrical or full hookup capabilities. If camping is not your thing, many of these parks have year round cabins, or nearby bed and breakfasts.
Hunters to the area will also attest that this is some of the finest land in the region for game birds such as pheasant, quail, and turkey and, as a result of the migratory patterns, both geese and ducks. The deer hunter should also be pleased at the large population of white-tailed deer and the number of trophy size bucks roaming the countryside.
This might also be called a golfers paradise by some, due to the 14 public golf courses, where most, if not all, have rental carts and no required tee times. These 198 holes of golf are laid out in the most beautiful and challenging real estate of any place in Iowa. The duffer, hacker, scratch or wannabe-pro golfer will be delighted with the well maintained and beautifully sculpted courses scattered throughout the area. Indoor recreation is also abundant with many YMCA and community fitness facilities available for weight training, aerobics, swimming, basketball, volleyball, tennis, walking or league sports opportunities.
So if you want to relax, reinvigorate and rejoice in a quality of life and experience that is truly unique, join us here in southwest Iowa for a day, a week, or a lifetime. www.traveliowa.org