Lake Escape In Southwest Iowa

With summer temps peaking in the upper 90s this weekend, it’s a perfect time to head to Lake Icaria near Corning. Photo: Travel Iowa

Iowa is home to some great reservoirs. While Coralville, Red Rock and Saylvorville might be some of the state’s most recognized, Lake Icaria in southeast Iowa, about 90 miles southwest of Des Moines, is worth a weekend visit.

Completed in 1978, the lake offers loads of amenities, including furnished cabins and cottages, camping, a swimming beach and more. Bobbers Down Marina at the lake has boat rentals for exploring the coves. Take out a pontoon, or for a little exercise book a canoe, kayak, paddle board or pedal boat. Grab refreshments, beach toys like tubes, fishing gear, ice and more while at the marina.

Two campgrounds have both electric and non-electric options. Lakeview is aptly named for the watery views, while Timber Ridge is tucked into the woods. While at the park, go for a hike (there are several miles of trails), make s’mores or grill burgers at one of the picnic shelters, try your hand at fishing, play disc golf and splash at the sandy beach.

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