With warm weather finally arriving in Iowa, it’s time to start thinking about summer fun. If you’re looking for places to picnic, hike, camp in tents or campers, to go swimming, fishing, or boating, or for all sorts of other outdoor activities, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is a great source of information.
The Iowa DNR web site is a fantastic source of information.
From the Things To Do dropdown menu, you’ll find links to a wide variety of activities – from camping, canoeing to hiking, biking, boating and even Equestrian Camping. (Yes, that really is a thing.) You’ll find links to the campsite, cabin, and lodge reservation system as well. In the Places To Go section, you’ll find information about State Parks, Forests, Preserves, and Wildlife Management Areas, as well as hiking, biking and paddling trails.
If you’re looking specifically for information about Iowa’s state parks the 8 page downloadable Iowa DNR Guide to State Parks is a great place to start.
The state is broken down into four quadrants and parks in each section are listed by name. There is also an easy to use grid for each section, listing the parks on one axis and activities on the other, so you can find the perfect location for whatever it is you’re wanting to do.
The State of Iowa has a wealth of parks, forests, campgrounds, lakes and rivers to enjoy. Get back to nature and enjoy your summer with the help of the Iowa DNR.