Paddling & Fishing

Willow Lake Pier

Farm Creek Pond

Arrowhead Lake

Our region has an abundance of water bodies from small ponds and creeks to major rivers like the Missouri, Boyer, and Nishnabotna. These water bodies offer many opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Here are a few suggestions to check out!

Lake Manawa State Park is one of the most popular state parks in all of Iowa. Located on the south side of Council Bluffs, this Missouri River oxbow is a great place for recreation right in the city. Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can be rented at the beach. Anglers can expect good catches of crappies, bluegills, catfish, bass, and walleye.

Willow Lake Pier

Farm Creek Pond

Arrowhead Lake

Conservation Board Lakes

Each of the county conservation boards have lakes, too. Willow Lake Recreation Area, Schaben Park, and Sawmill Hollow in Harrison County, Arrowhead Park and Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area in Pottawattamie County, and Pony Creek Park and Mile Hill Lake are both nestled in the Loess Hills near Glenwood in Mills County. Largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and red ear sunfish are some of the common species found in these areas.

The West Nishnabotna River is a state-designated water trail through Pottawattamie County, with additional accesses in Mills counties. The East Nishnabotna River also skirts the southeastern edge of Pottawattamie County. Mosquito Creek, Boyer River, and other streams are often used for fishing and paddling. While nearly all the streams in the region were channelized and greatly altered from their natural state, they are still an excellent way to experience nature and see wildlife.

Iowa DNR has more...

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has comprehensive online resources with info about many more lakes and rivers across the state. Visit their Where to Paddle and Where to Fish pages for more details!

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WanderLoess is coordinated by ​Golden Hills RC&D, a grassroots nonprofit based in Oakland, Iowa, as part of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region Parks to People plan. Funding for coordination is provided by Harrison, Pottawattamie, and Mills counties and Iowa West Foundation. With the help of our many partners making this destination dream a reality.

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WanderLoess is coordinated by ​Golden Hills RC&D, a grassroots nonprofit based in Oakland, Iowa, as part of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region Parks to People plan. Funding for coordination is provided by Harrison, Pottawattamie, and Mills counties and Iowa West Foundation. With the help of our many partners making this destination dream a reality.

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