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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

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Historical and Coal Mining Museum

The 1903 post office houses a collection beginning with the settlement period of 1843. Exhibits depict pioneer farm and village as well as a historic post office display. Detailed information on the Mormon Trail of 1846

Centerville, IA Museums

Rathbun Lake Information Center

Displays on coal mining, wildlife diorama, lake history and current information on the Rathbun Lake area.

Centerville, IA Information Centers

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

Bridges of Madison County

Meet someone you love at the Bridges of Madison County. Always romantic. Even before Iowa novelist Robert Waller and Hollywood romanticized them. The five historic covered bridges, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are scattered across the countryside.

Winterset, IA Bridges

American Gothic House

Iowa artist Grant Wood sketched this house on a 1930 visit and that summer painted it as the background for his world-famous painting, "American Gothic." Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eldon, IA Arts

Red Rock Reservoir Fishing

Popular species that anglers regularly go after are Black crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass, and Wipers. (Hybrid Striped Bass)

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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


Vermeer Museum & Global Pavilion

The museum chronicles the history of Vermeer Manufacturing and the development of its agricultural products such as the round baler, and industrial construction equipment including trenchers, boring equipment and environmental equipment.

Pella, IA Museums

Summerset Winery

Nested in the scenic countryside on 12.5 acres of vineyard. Winery tours explore the wine-making process, the history of Iowa's wine industry, and wine pairing. Wine-tasting room, gift shop, special events, live music every Sunday afternoon. One of the largest wineries in Iowa, botting 100,000

Indianola, IA Wineries

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

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