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Recover from Business Stress with a Weekend Break in Iowa


This news story was published on May 29, 2018.
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When you’re at the end of your tether because you’re stressed and not getting a break from business life, it’s time to take some time away. Getting on the road to enjoy the great outdoors that Iowa has plenty of takes your mind off your work-life troubles.

See the lakes and rivers, streams and other bodies of water. Enjoy heavily wooden areas with clean air to breathe in and the natural setting to walk around in. Just being away from the florescent lights in the office, to go hiking, fishing swimming, kayaking or any number of other activities provides a reset on life that’s hard to get with a stay-cation.

Here are 3 ways to get some recovery and enjoyment while still saying in Iowa.

Kayaking in Iowa’s Lakes & Rivers

Getting out on the water is something that Iowa excels at. There are many lakes to try out. One of the largest is Lake Manawa over at Council Bluffs, the nearest city. It was created when a section of the Missouri River was blocked off. There’s access for boats or kayaks to go onto the water using the boat ramp at the lake’s edge.

The Iowa Great Lakes is the deepest in the state. Tucked away in the north-west corner is Okoboji with the East Okoboji, West Okoboji and Big Spirit Lake making up the Great Lakes experience. There’s plenty of shoreline to explore – all 86 miles of it – ideal for swimming and playing around in the water. Pick up some kayaking equipment and learn more about Kayaking before you go by reading the Fishing Kayaks guide.

Picnic at Ackley Creek Park

Ackley Creek Park is an idyllic place to have a picnic. There are a couple of picnic shelters with access to the surrounding area and many trails to explore through the surrounding woodland after finishing off a hearty meal. There are also showers and restrooms at the County Campground if that’s needed too. So, it’s possible to spend the day or camp overnight too if it gets too late to head back the same day. Anyone who loves being among nature will find the park a pleasant place to spend a few hours.

Fishing

Iowa is well known for its fishing. There are almost 150 different species of fish, so you’re not restricted to only fishing for trout (although that’s very popular in the state). The fish is certified as safe to eat when caught in Iowa’s rivers and lakes. The state has many suitable locations to fish with many rivers bordering Missouri and Mississippi to ensure the water is well stocked. There are also streams, rivers, and natural and man-made lakes too. In the winter months, there’s even ice fishing.

If you’re planning to camp out or go self-catering in your rented accommodation, then any caught fish in Iowa can be kept and cooked. There are various laws and restrictions about fishing in Iowa, especially relating to endangered species, and these need to be reviewed and adhered to. You may also need a fishing license.

Whatever you decide to do, there’s really no need to go on an expensive weekend trip to another state when there’s everything you need right here. Just set a date for the trip, bring along your partner, family or a group of friends, and have a great time!

 

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