Iowa Outdoor Recreation Guide
This list, while not comprehensive, offers some of your best links for planning an outdoor adventure in Iowa.
INHF featured destinations
Iowa River Greenbelt: INHF feature about the Iowa River Greenbelt attractions including recreation info, natural features, greenbelt activities, and a map of the greenbelt.
Upper Iowa River: INHF feature focusing on the natural features of the Upper Iowa River and what INHF is doing to protect it. Also includes info on recreational features.
General Iowa tourism
Traveliowa.com: Iowa attractions, recreation info, and upcoming events as well as other travel information including accommodations, contacts, etc.
Iowa nature centers: Gives basic information on nature centers found in Iowa.
Environmental education/Interpretive services: Listing of educational services and resources available across the state including camps, university department contacts, and county conservation boards.
Iowa Department of Transportation: Information about Iowa's scenic byways.
National Scenic Byways Program: Homepage for America's scenic byways.
INHF Iowa trails page: Gives you county by county listings of trail info with maps.
Hiking and Biking in Iowa: This DNR website offers a transportation map for bicyclists, gives tips on bicycle safety and provides various information regarding Iowa's trails.
Iowa DOT Transportation map for bicyclists: Includes maps and information on trails located in major cities throughout Iowa.
BIKEIOWA: Cycling news, upcoming events, and features about cycling in Iowa.
RAGBRAI: Home page for the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.
Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders: Trail and activity information for mountain bike trails across the state.
Where to bird in Iowa: Lists of state birding organizations, hotspots for birding and important links for birding in Iowa.
Audubon, Iowa chapters: Information on Audubon's local chapters and how you can get involved.
Iowabirds.org: Birding locations, interactive maps, events calendar, rare bird species, and membership information.
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) Program: information on the IBA program from Iowa Audubon. Includes identification of essential bird areas, site monitoring, conservation and event listings.
Iowa Destinations: DNR Maps of Iowa State Parks including specific park information on history, facilities, camping, trails, river activities, nearby towns, and contact info.
Public campgrounds: General info about camping in Iowa including registration, camping fees, listing of camping sites at state parks, seasonal info.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Canoeing and Kayaking Guide: DNR information on specific water trails in Iowa, useful resources and many water-reveling opportunities.
USGS streamflow data: Gage height, streamflow, and median height information for rivers across the state.
Fish Iowa: DNR website provides fishing locations, types of fish in Iowa, regulations, licenses, fishing news, programming, and more.
Hunting Iowa: DNR hunting & trapping regulations, registration information and wildlife management areas.