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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

Scholte House

Built by Pella's founder, Dominie Scholte, in 1847. View original furnishings and fine household items from Holland as well as original family furnishings purchased in America. Colorful gardens contain thousands of tulips and other flowers. Dutch Tea, tour and coffee time available by reservation. Pella, IA Historic Homes


John L. Lewis Mining & Labor Museum

See life-sized bronze statue of John L. Lewis, and photographs and documents pertaining to Lewis and labor. Early mining tools and historical displays, plus theater and research library for Iowa mining and labor history, are on site.

Lucas, IA Museums


Decatur County Museum

Museum includes three floors of unique collections. Historical artifacts and antiques are displayed in various room settings: old general store, parlor, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and blacksmith shop.

Leon, IA Museums

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


The Beach Ottumwa

Wave pool, speed slide, 340

Ottumwa, IA Water Parks

Molengracht (Mill Canal)

Shops, boutiques, restaurant, movie theaters and European-style hotel overlook this canal, which is reminiscent of those found in the Netherlands.

Pella, IA Shoppes

Red Rock Reservoir Trails

Red Rock Reservoir has a variety of trails to suit the needs of a family out for a walk, hikers in search of distance and landscape, bikers and an equine trail for the horse enthusiast.

, IA Trails

Madison County Historical Complex

Tour the 1856 Bevington-Kaser House, museum, and 12 other buildings on 18

Winterset, IA Museums

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

The world's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of "big car" and sprint car racing. The Hall of Fame honors the outstanding achievers in the sport. Handicapped accessible. Gift shop on premises.

Knoxville, IA Museums

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