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Outdoor Recreation

Northeast Iowa is often called Iowa's Bluff Country or the Little Switzerland of Iowa.  The bluffs, hills and valleys are full of Iowa's most extensive hardwood forests, native prairies, wetlands, cold water trout streams and spectacular views.  This region boasts small family farms, dairies and more public land to explore than in any other region of Iowa.

To get the most out of your adventure, be sure to enjoy the vistas along the way.  Cruise the scenic byways on your motorcycle, the hills on your bike or the rivers in your kayak.  Scope out North America's premier bird flyway, the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge from the top of a bluff, or discover an American Indian burial mound built in the shape of a bear.

Wade in a cold water trout stream and catch native brook trout or relax back at camp next to a cozy campfire with a cup of hot cocoa.  Whether you are taking photos of the fall foliage or a sunset on the prairie, watching your loved ones enjoy their adventure or savoring your time away, we know you will love the view from here!

Did you know that canoeing on the Upper Iowa River was recognized by National Geographic Adventure as one of "The Top 100 Adventures in North America."

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