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South Central Iowa, Iowa

South Central Iowa

Let the wind sweep you across the lake or hear you aloft in a spectacular balloon. Fish at some of the state's largest lakes. Or, catch the sprint car races at the famed Knoxville Raceway. One way or another, this region will take your breath away.

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Rathbun Lake Fishing Info.

The information below is provided by the Corps. of Engineers - thanks for the great information. Fishing Rathbun Lake is an 11,000

, IA Fishing

Pioneer Ridge Nature Area & Nature Center

This two-story nature center, with displays and a full-time naturalist, has three stocked ponds open for public fishing. There are also 15 miles of hiking, biking and horseback-riding trails and a half-mile paved, handicapped-accessible trail.

Bloomfield, IA Nature Centers

Pella Opera House Theatre Center

Pella Opera House Theatre Center was built in 1900, and has been completely refurbished. Intimate 324-seat theater with 1920 Barton Theater Organ.

Pella, IA Theatres

Red Rock Reservoir Camping

There are five campgrounds that are maintained by the Corps of Engineers. Within these parks are a total of 432 campsites. There are boat ramps at Whitebreast and Howell Station Recreation Areas. Showers and playgrounds are

, IA Camping

Airpower Museum

Visit this 20,000-square-foot museum on 30 acres of an antique airfield. It features various periods of aviation through models, engines, propellers, photos and original art. Approximately 20 aircraft are on display, including WW II models.

Ottumwa, IA Museums

Round Barn Site

The 93-acre site is home to the fully restored 1912 Round Barn. The 50-foot diameter barn features a spectacular loft free of support columns, made possible by the unique spider web construction. Also see one-room country school built in 1869 and 1887 country church. Restoration in progress on 1897

Allerton, IA Historic Barns

The Klokkenspel

Designed and created especially for Pella, the carillon clock has eight, 4-foot mechanical figures and 147

Pella, IA One Of A Kinds

Rathbun Reservoir Fishing Forcast

Low water conditions in the mid-2000's had a negative influence on crappie production in those years. The lake refilled in the spring of 2007 and a large year class of crappies was produced. At this time these fish are running between 7 and 8 inches. These fish should begin to reach 10

, IA Fishing Forecast

Trials

Many Rathbun Lake visitors have shown a growing interest in land based recreation activities. "Off the beaten path" opportunities may be found in the designated trails located on public lands adjacent to Rathbun Lake. Rathbun North Shore Trail

, IA Trails

Belinda Toy and Antique Museum

Historic 1846 church has been transformed into a toy museum, with collections of airplanes, cars, tractors, dolls, trains, and tin and cast-iron toys.

Chariton, IA Museums


Pella Rolscreen Museum

Former rail passenger depot houses a variety of exhibits about Pella Corporation, formerly known as the Rolscreen Company, manufacturer of premium-quality windows and doors.

Pella, IA Museums

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