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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

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

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

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

Terrible's Lakeside Casino

Casino offers two decks, 921 slot machines and 30 table games. Guests may relax in the comfort of the Lakeside Hotel, which overlooks West Lake and offers an outdoor swimming pool. The resort also offers a convention center, lounge, gift shop, buffet, and steakhouse.

Osceola, IA Casinos

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

Liberty Hall Historic Center and Home of Joseph Sm

Mid-Victorian house with 14 rooms and six closets. Each room is furnished in 1900-1905 period. Also, walk through the country schoolhouse.

Lamoni, IA Historic Centers

Rathbun Lake Information Center

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

Centerville, IA Information Centers


Round Barn Site

The 93-acre site is home to the fully restored 1912 Round Barn. The 50-foot diameter barn features a spectacular loft free of support columns, made possible by the unique spider web construction. Also see one-room country school built in 1869 and 1887 country church. Restoration in progress on 1897

Allerton, IA Historic Barns

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

, IA Fishing Forecast

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

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