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Some of Iowa's best hiking trails. Amazing views of the Mississippi River. Well-maintained trails that are well marked. there are two sections of trails. The north section starts at the visitor center. the trailhead for the South section is a short drive down the road from The Visitor Center. a nice Visitor Center that is staffed with a park ranger. It's a small Museum that gives the history of the Indian mounds. There are nice indoor bathrooms and a fountain for filling up water bottles inside the visitor center. it's a moderately strenuous hike up the bluff to get to the Indian mounds on either section. Pets are allowed but must be leashed. I would definitely go again.
This was flatwater kayaking. If you like to paddle I highly recommend this lake during the lotus blooming season - July/August. In addition to the lotuses display it is also fun to see airplanes take off and land at the Epply airfield. There is a nice park and marina off the Willow Dr. on the Iowa side of the lake with boat ramps, so entry/exit was a piece of cake! Can't find the name of the park, but it was not the Buddy's Marina. You will see some pantoon and motor boat traffic, but no worries - the speed limit is 5 miles per hour. No wake.