Sports

Baxter Sports Complex

Sitting on about 60 acres of land, Baxter Sports Complex is occupied by three multi-use baseball/softball fields, three regulation size soccer/football fields, two sand volleyball courts, playground area, eight bleacher areas, a two level (open air option) pavilion with full concession area, multi-stall restrooms, and a 250-vehicle parking lot.

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Burlington Rec Plex

The Rec Plex features tournament-class facilities for soccer, softball, sand volleyball and a guest services building including full service concessions and spectator plazas. League play is scheduled during the week and various tournaments and special events are offered on the weekends.

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Outdoors 

 Southeast Iowa offers a variety of outdoor activities including:

  • Camping and Cabin Rentals, Open and Enclosed Shelter Rentals 
  • Educational Programs
  • Hiking and Bike trails
  • Numerous Hunting and Fishing Opportunities
  • Boating and Canoeing on Rivers, Streams and Lakes
  • Swimming, Boat Rentals
  • Canoe Trips
  • Horseback Riding Programs
Schimek State Forest  

Shimek State Forest is located in Lee and Van Buren Counties in southeast Iowa near the town of Farmington. The forest headquarters is located about 1 mile northeast of Farmington on County Road J56. Recreational opportunities abound in the forest. Shimek State Forest offers camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and more. Click here for details

Geode State Park

Geode State Park has been a traditional favorite for locals as well as out-of-state visitors. The park is named after the state rock which is frequently found in the area. Click here for details

Oakland Mills

Oakland Mills is recognized as the premier fishing site for channel catfish and flathead catfish in Iowa. Oakland Mills Park features the Oakland Mills Nature Center and Outdoor Classroom, two recreational cabins, three camp grounds, and a swinging bridge. Activities in Oakland Mills Park includes the Skunk River Water Trail, a self-guided nature trail and a smart trail (CODE Trail), a fishing pond, an 18-hole disc golf course, bocce ball court, and horse shoe pits. Learn more

 Water Trails

We have two officially state designated water trails including the Odessa and Iowa River Water Trails. This stretch of the Iowa River Water Trail is 72 river miles long and free of dams or portages.  It stretches from Sturgis Ferry Park in Iowa City to the Ferry Landing at the confluence of the Mississippi River near Oakville.  The route offers paddlers scenic views, abundant wildlife and plenty of sandbars (during normal water levels). The river typically flows at a moderate pace of 3 miles per hour. 

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Iowa River at Iowa City

Iowa River at Wapello

Recreation