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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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Rathbun Reservoir Hunting

Rathbun Lake offers many opportunities for a variety of game. Deer, pheasant, quail, turkey, duck, geese, rabbit and squirrel may be found on public hunting lands.

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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 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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Nelson Pioneer Farm

Structures include 1853 brick home, 1856 barn listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Oskaloosa, IA Museums

National Balloon Museum

Contemporary building of unusual design houses a collection of ballooning artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history of hot-air and gas ballooning, ballooning events and personalities.

Indianola, 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

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

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

Buxton Park Arboretum

Enjoy the Victorian gazebo, formal fountain and lighting as you take a tour through formal annual, perennial and rose gardens. Self-guided interpretive tree tour.

Indianola, IA Arboretums


The Beach Ottumwa

Wave pool, speed slide, 340

Ottumwa, IA Water Parks

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