Recreation

 
 
 
Bike

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Panora, Yale, and Jamaica

The RRVT is an 89-mile, paved, multi-use recreational trail that extends from Clive, in the Des Moines metropolitan area, to Jefferson.  The 33-mile “North Loop” was completed in 2013 making this trail one of the longest in the United States.  The trail is built on a former Milwaukee RR track now owned by the Dallas, Guthrie, and Greene County Conservation Boards.  The trail winds its way through the Middle and North Raccoon River corridors with areas of prairie and canopies of timber.  Common uses are hiking, biking, in-line skating, jogging, bird watching, or cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.

 

 

Whiterock Conservancy

1390 Hwy 141 - Coon Rapids

5,000 acres of contiguous river valley for recreation, such as equestrian trail riding, camping, mountain biking, stream and pond fishing, and hiking.

 

 

The White Pole Road Scenic Byway

Dexter, Stuart, Menlo, Casey, and Adair

Formerly Highway 6, along the southern edge of Guthrie County, the WPR is ideal if you prefer the open road. The highway passes through the towns of Stuart, Menlo, Casey and Adair. Each community has various services and shopping.

Camp

Springbrook State Park

Hwy 25 - Guthrie Center

Springbrook's large campground has 118 campsites (81 with electrical hook-ups). Modern showers and restrooms, a trailer dump station, fireplaces and tables are available.  Springbrook also offers the Sherburne House, with a full-service kitchen, 2 living rooms, 4 bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms.  Available for rental, the house will accommodate up to twelve people.  Park also offers two beautiful picnic shelters which can be reserved online.  Picnic areas have tables, grills, water, and bathroom facilities available.

 

 

Lenon Mill Park

500 W South Street - Panora

Excellent spot along the Middle Raccoon for camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing.  2 blocks from the Guthrie County Historical Village.

 

 

Nations Bridge Park

2997 Wagon Road/P28 - Stuart

Nations Bridge Park offers picnicking, 2 shelter houses, self-guided nature trails, fishing, playground equipment, 9-hole disc golf course, and camping with electricity (60 electrical hookups), grills, water, flush toilets, modern showers, and a dump station.  Also, facilities for scouts, clubs, and organizations are available.  Nations Bridge Park is a popular area for all ages and an excellent spot for catfishing along the South Raccoon River.  The Park Ranger's residence is on site. 

 

 

Whiterock Conservancy

1390 Hwy 141 - Coon Rapids

5,000 acres of contiguous river valley for recreation, such as equestrian trail riding, camping, mountain biking, stream and pond fishing, and hiking. 

Hike

Nations Bridge Park

2997 Wagon Road/P28 - Stuart

Nature trails can be found throughout the 81-acre park. A self-guided nature trail is located on the east side of Highway P28.  Wildlife is abundant at the park. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, quail, raccoons, coyote, and a variety of songbirds can be seen. Nations Bridge is located 5 miles north of Stuart on P28.

 

 

Sutcliffe Woodland

Frost Trail - Guthrie Center

55-acre wildlife refuge with a self-guided interpretive nature trail. 1 mile south of Highway 44, west of Guthrie Center (7 miles).

 

 

S.E. Robinson Wildlife Area

3181 255th Street - Panora

S.E. Robinson is a 110-acre wildlife area located along the Middle Raccoon river 5.5 miles southeast of Panora.  The wildlife area is primarily used for public hunting with excellent habitat for deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, pheasants, and quail.  S.E. Robinson is also a nice area for hikers and birdwatchers.

 

Springbrook State Park

Hwy 25 - Guthrie Center

Springbrook offers 12 miles of great hiking trails. You are almost guaranteed to see deer when taking an evening or morning stroll on the nature trail which winds around the lake.

 

Whiterock Conservancy

1390 Hwy 141 - Coon Rapids

5,000 acres of contiguous river valley for recreation, such as equestrian trail riding, camping, mountain biking, stream and pond fishing, and hiking. 

Canoe/Kayak

Whiterock Conservancy

1390 Hwy 141 - Coon Rapids

Stretching a full eight miles along the banks of the Middle Raccoon River, the beautiful land of Whiterock contains timbered pastures, riverside bluffs, wetlands, and rare prairie remnants.  Canoes are available for rent and hikers, fisherpersons, bird-watchers, and picnickers are all welcome.

 

 

Route A in Guthrie County

Middle Raccoon River Water Trail

Lenon Mill Park

500 W South Street - Panora

1st point of access on the Middle Raccoon River. 

 

P28 Middle Raccoon River Access

P28 (2.1 mi from 1st access)

2nd point of access on the Middle Raccoon River.

Middle Raccoon River Access

3156 248th St. - Panora (3.2 mi. from 2nd access)

3rd access on the Middle Raccoon River, located 5.3 miles from Lenon Mill Park access. 

Cowles River Access

268th Street - Panora (3.4 mi. from 3rd access)

4th access on the Middle Raccoon River, located 8.7 miles from Lenon Mill.

 

 

Route B in Guthrie County

South Raccoon River Water Trail

 

Nations Bridge Park

2997 Wagon Road/P28 - Stuart

1st point of access on the South Raccoon River.

Harvey River Access

310th & Wax (approx. 7 mi. from 1st access)

2nd point of access on the South Raccoon River.   Undeveloped access with parking on gravel road only.

Golf

Lake Panorama National Golf Course

5071 Clover Ridge Road - Panora

phone 800.879.1917

Since its establishment in 1972, Lake Panorama National Golf Course has offered 18-holes of challenging golf to its players. One of the finest courses in Iowa, Lake Panorama National has hosted numerous events, including the Iowa Open.  LPN is open to the public and gladly accepts tee-time reservations over the phone. 

 

 

Lake Panorama West Golf Course

6616 Panorama Road - Panora

phone  641.755.2250

9-hole golf course/par-3 (with par-4 option on 5 holes) located on west side of Lake Panorama. 

 

 

Coon Rapids Golf Course

731 S 5th Avenue - Coon Rapids

phone  712.999.2880

9-hole golf course/36 par located on the southeast edge of town. 

 

 

Guthrie Center Golf Club

2604 State Street/Hwy 44 - Guthrie Center

phone  641.332.3558

9-hole golf course located on the east edge of town. 

 

5x80 Golf & Country Club

1086 State Hwy 25 - Menlo 

phone  641.542.2345

9-hole course with clubhouse dining, pool, and tennis. 

Swim

Coon Rapids Aquatic Park

925 North Street - Coon Rapids

phone 712.999.SWIM

Swimming, body-flume water slide, zero-degree entry and water toys, concessions available. 

 

 

Guthrie Center Aquatic Center

206 W State Street/Hwy 44 - Guthrie Center

phone  641.332.2989

This 6,559-square-foot facility boasts two water slides, a zero-degree entry, concession area, diving board, and lounge chairs for relaxing.  Hours are 1-5 and 6-9 daily opening in May.

Lake Panorama National Conference Center Pool

5071 Clover Ridge Road - Lake Panorama

phone 800.879.1917

Newly-built, 1,500-square-foot heated pool and 8-person spa.  Located on south side of LPN Conference Center at Lake Panorama. 

 

Springbrook State Park

Hwy 25 - Guthrie Center

phone  641.747.3591

Springbrook's 14-acre lake offers a sandy beach for sunbathing and unsupervised swimming.  There is no charge for swimming.  The park is located 5 miles north of Guthrie Center on Hwy 25. 

 

Stuart Municipal Pool

324 S 2nd Street - Stuart

phone  515.523.1455

The aquatic center has two slides, a diving board, zero-degree entry, and a children’s play area.  Outdoor pool open in the summer.  Call City Hall, 515.523.1455, for information about the city park and the pool.

 
 
 
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