Life in Mid Iowa is a day at the beach … or the park, or the museum, or the bike trails, or the festivals, or …  It seems there’s no shortage of activities for Mid Iowans and their families to enjoy.

If you’re a nature lover, you can camp, swim, boat, or fish in Mid Iowa’s acres of state parks.  Is golf your interest? In Mid Iowa golf courses abound and no tee times are required. If you’re a fish-and-game enthusiast, Mid Iowa offers an abundance of opportunities for all seasons. Fishing can be found in the many of streams, rivers, and lakes. There is an abundance of outdoor recreational activities throughout the region.

Whatever your idea of outdoor recreation, Mid Iowa’s the place to do it.  Explore some of what Mid Iowa has to offer.

Following are some helpful links for the region:

Calhoun County

Calhoun County has much to offer when it comes to recreation. Some of the amenities you will find here are camping, walking/biking trails, fishing, hunting, golf courses and aquatic centers.

Hamilton County

From Little Wall Lake to Briggs Woods and from Nokomis Park to Bells Mills Park, Hamilton County has numerous recreational activities that include: parks, trails, campgrounds, rental cabins, sports parks, golf courses, river sports, and much more.

Hardin County

There is natural beauty and history along the bluffs of the Iowa River that wanders through Hardin County. The Iowa River Greenbelt is a picturesque landscape of valleys, woods, and streams tucked in the midst of flat, fertile farmland. The Iowa River Greenbelt Water Trail offers an unusual concentration of recreational opportunities, diverse wildlife habitats and spectacular views with a 42-mile stretch of river valley accessible for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and more. Iowa Falls acts as a retail hub for a 30-mile radius with retail amenities not usually found in communities of this size with a significant retail pull factor. Iowa Falls is also home to Iowa Falls Municipal Airport and a newly built critical-care access Hansen Family Hospital.

Humboldt County

The Humboldt Parks and Recreation Division combined with the Humboldt County Conservation Department offer a wide variety of programs, activities and classes for children and adults. Offerings include: summer programs, aquatics programs, sports and indoor and outdoor recreation as well as bike and water trails, pools, golf courses, archery and shooting clubs, camping, a fitness club and a sports complex. Humboldt County takes pride in the amenities to promote healthy lifestyles.

Kossuth County

Whether you’re an outdoorsman, fitness enthusiast or quiet observer, Kossuth County offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Algona is home to a 50,000 square foot YMCA facility which includes an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. Other outdoor recreation facilities include the Algona Aquatic Center, AA Call State Park, Smith Wildlife Area with the Water’s Edge Nature Center and Union Slough Wildlife Refuge.

Palo Alto County

Whether you’re an outdoorsman, fitness enthusiast or quiet observer, Palo Alto County offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Emmetsburg is home to Five Island Lake and the Smith Wellness Center, which includes an indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. Other recreational facilities in Palo Alto County include the Wild Rose Casino & Resort, Grotto of the Redemption, Lost Island Lake, Kearney State Park and Silver Lake.

Pocahontas County

Nestled in northwest Iowa, Pocahontas County offers the best elements of rural living – clean communities with safe streets and excellent schools – while being located just a quick commute from several larger job markets.

Webster County

Wright County

Enjoy the water at our chain of lakes, Morse Elm and Cornelia; play golf at one of five golf courses; hunt for game birds, waterfowl, or trophy wildlife; camp at a county or city park; snowmobile; cross country ski; or make your own fun at many county and city parks throughout Wright County.