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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


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

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

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


Rathbun Lake Information Center

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

Centerville, IA Information Centers

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

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

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

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


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