Resource Directory
Parks & Recreation
Island Park - Rock RapidsContact:  
Rock Rapids, IA 51246

Island Park in Rock Rapids is one of the largest and most scenic city parks in northwest Iowa. It's a great place to go for a picnic in the shade, to fish, for a leisurely stroll, for children to play and for families to camp. But in the beginning, it was neither an island nor a park. Records show that in 1846 the tract of land was granted to the State of Iowa by the U.S. Government to aid in construction of railroads. The site was conveyed to the Des Moines Valley Railroad Co. in 1869 and later to an English investor, then to Augustus Frank and finally, in 1887, to the Cedar Rapids-Iowa Falls and Northwestern Railroad Co.

Located on Park Street in Rock Rapids, it features 22 camper pads with electrical hookups, mini-zoo, swimming pool/aquatic center, public restrooms, 3 playground sites, fire rings and picnic shelters.

For a unique view of Island Park, hit the trail on foot or on bike. The one-mile long, 10-foot wide trail begins east of the Depot Museum, crosses east over an abandoned railroad, goes north along the east bank of the Rock River to the northeast corner of the park. This asphalt trail is perfect for biking, a leisurely stroll or a heart-pounding run.

Lake Pahoja Recreational AreaContact:   
Lyon County Conservation Board
1831 Buchanan Avenue
Inwood, IA 51240
Phone: (712) 753-2313

Lake Pahoja Recreational Area is a 282-acre, highly developed, multi-use recreation area offering a wide variety of activities centered around its 72-acre lake. A 4-mile hard surface walking and biking trail circles the lake and 81 campsites with electrical hookups and modern comfort stations are available. A swimming beach, playgrounds, picnic shelters and handicap fishing pier round out the amenities. Open year round.

Larchwood City ParkContact:   
City Clerk
Larchwood, IA 51240
Phone: (712) 477-2366

The Larchwood City Park is located on Holder Street/Highway 9 between Rulland and Williams Streets.

The park has a large and small open shelter house with electricity and grills and one enclosed shelter house with electricity, hot water and a refrigerator. To reserve the enclosed shelter house please call the City Clerk at 477-2366.

The City is very proud of their park. The Jesse Fell Walkway is a great place to take a walk or ride your bike through the European Larch and Catalpa Trees. The park is beautifully landscaped and also offers a playground, tennis/basketball court, volleyball, soccer and baseball area.

Rock Rapids Swimming PoolContact:  
401 North Story Street
Rock Rapids, IA 52146
Phone: (712) 472-3341

Cool off with a splash at the Rock Rapids Swimming Pool! Wade in the shallows, dive in the deep end, or take a spin down our water slides!