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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

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


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

Dumonts' Museum of Dreamworld Collectibles

A 24,000 square foot building housing a large collection of antique tractors, horse-drawn equipment, buggies, gas engines, miscellaneous household items, toys, dolls, dishes, large collection of Roy Rogers memorabilia. Large Lionel train layout.

Sigourney, IA Museums

Lucas County Historical Museum

Visit the 1900s home (which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), an old schoolhouse and a church. Explore the 1800s barn and 1850 log cabin, and enjoy fresh-roasted peanuts during the annual Peanut Day and Cider Day celebrations.

Chariton, IA Museums

Clarke County Museum

View artifacts of Clarke County history, country schoolhouse, machine shed, historic log cabin, and Mormon Trail interpretive panel. Research information is available.

Osceola, IA Museums

Wapello County Historical Museum

View artifacts in naturalistic settings and Wapello County history exhibits. Don't miss the replica of an early fire station, including a completely restored 1925 America LaFrance fire truck. Also visit a replica of the Ottumwa Coal Palace Industrial Exhibit Hall of 1890-1891.

Ottumwa, 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

Monroe County Historical Museum

Historical settings of stores and homes, reconstructed coal mine shaft with authentic equipment and real coal. Slippers that danced on the Ziegfield Follies stage.

Albia, IA Museums

Lake Rathbun Boating

Thanks to the Corps of Engineers for great information. Boating Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer for all.

, IA Boating

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

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