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Roberts Creek Archery Range
1617 Filmore Drive, Otley.
Located along Highway G-28 west of Pella as part of the Roberts Creek Park, this 1,535 acre park is one of Iowa’s largest county maintained parks.  The 56-target Roberts Creek Archery Range is located just past the turn off to the east campground.  The range is open to the public year round and maintained by the Hickory Ridge Bow Hunters Association.


Caldwell Park Diamonds
Prairie Street and University Street
Two baseball/softball diamonds located within Caldwell Park.

Bike Trails and Hiking Trails

Volksweg Trail
Pella and Lake Red Rock
The 14-mile Volksweg Trail is a continually developing asphalt path. Currently, the trail connects Pella from the Pella Public Library trailhead to the Howell Station Campground. From there, the trail follows the Des Moines River and winds through the North Overlook woods. The trail continues along the north side of the lake to the Fifield Recreation Area. The trail passes through mature timbered areas, restored prairies, pine plantations, open areas and offers fantastic views of Lake Red Rock. Benches for resting are available along the way.
Volksweg Trail Map
Eagle Lair Loop
This trail was named after the many bald eagles that feed and rest below the dam. This path connects directly to the Volksweg paved trail, and is located near Ivan’s Campground. Surface: Earthen Path; Length: .6 miles   641.628.8690
Howell Station Prairie Trail
This trail takes you through established prairie grasses of different species. The trail also features two small ponds which are frequented by waterfowl and varios small mammals. Surface: Grass; Length: 1.5 miles   641.628.8690
Karr Nature Trail at Cordova
This trail was named after a small early village which was located within the confines of the park. A portion of the trail is designated as a self-guided interpretive trail with 24 points of interest. Surface: Earthen path; Length: 1 miles  641.628.8690
Stu Kuyper Trail
A lovely view of Lake Red Rock can be seen from this trail. Surface: Grass/earthen path; Length: 1.17 miles  641.628.8690
Wallashuck Trail
Access to this trail for hiking or mountain biking is easy with five separate entrances within Wallashuck Campground and one from the Volksweg Trail. Habitat transitions can be observed as you travel through mature and immature forests and grasslands. Surface: Grass/Earthen Trail; Length: 1.17 miles


Bird Watching

Gladys Black Bird RefugeGladys Black sign
Below the Red Rock Dam, (south side) off of Jewell Drive
This 38-acre refuge is a prime habitat for bald eagles as well as neo-tropical migrants and other wildlife. Closed December 1-March 31.

Other bird-watching areas around the lake include: Howell’s Station Campround, North Overlook Campground, Ivan’s Campground and Wallashuck Campground.

Boat Sales/Boat Ramps

Malone Motorsports
Hwy. 14 & Hwy. 163, Monroe.
New and pre-owned boat sales and service.



1378 Highway G-28 | Otley, IA 50214
Closed at elevation 767’ or over

Elk Rock West
811 146th Avenue | Knoxville, IA 50138
Closed at elevation 780’ or over

Elk Rock East
811 146th Avenue | Knoxville, IA 50138
(near Ranger Residence)
Closed at elevation 760’ or over

Howell Station
1081 198th Place | Pella, IA 50219
Located on the river below the dam

Red Rock Marina
1768 Highway G-28 | Pella, IA 50219
515.782.4545 or 641.627.5743
Closed at elevation 780’ or over

Roberts Creek East
1617 Fillmore Drive | Otley, IA 50214
Open during high water

Roberts Creek West
1617 Fillmore Drive | Otley, IA 50214
Closed at elevation 775’ or over

South Overlook
1105 Highway T-15 | Knoxville, IA 50138
Closed at elevation 760’ or over

890 190th Avenue | Pella, IA 50219
Closed at elevation less than 765’

971 Highway S-71 | Knoxville, IA 50138
Closed at elevation 777’ or over


Pella Excit-A-Bowl
204 S.E. 9th Street
14-lane bowling alley with cosmic bowling available.



Elk Rock State ParkVerna and Eldon Dexter perm slip signed 2
Elk Rock not only offers 87 campsites with 69 offering electrical hook-ups but this site is also fully equipped for horse riding. A 13-mile equestrian trail, hitch rails and horse stalls allow visitors to enjoy horse-back riding in the lake area as well! Modern shower building and trailer dumping station. Boat Ramp.
Open year-round.

Hickory Ridge Wilderness Campground
Paddle-in, hike-in campground located on the south side of Lake Red Rock.
8 primitive sites – no charge.
641.828.7522 or 641.628.8690

Howell Station Recreation Area
Howell Station is located below the Red Rock Dam on the north side of the Des Moines River. The area has access to the Volksweg trail as well as other trails, an amphitheater, boat ramp, fish cleaning station, playground, shower facilities and 131 campsites. Open year round.
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777

Ivan’s Recreation Area
Ivan’s is the smallest, but one of the most scenic, campgrounds available at Lake Red Rock. The area is situated on the south shore of the Des Moines River. Shower facilities, access to the Volksweg Trail, playground equipment are available amongst the 13 campsites. Open April-September.

Roberts Creek Park East
Roberts Creek Park West
Roberts Creek Park is located on the west side of Lake Red Rock. Showers and Boat Ramp are available at this 150-campsite park. Open April-October.

RV’s Full Facility Campgrounds
Located in Knoxville, this R.V. facility allows for 350 spots during the Annual Knoxville Nationals Races each year in August.

Wallashuck Recreation Area
Wallashuck Recreation Area, located on the north side of the lake, includes access to the Volksweg Trail, an amphitheatre, two playgrounds and shower facility. The 83 campsites are open April-September.
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777

Whitebreast Recreation Area
Whitebreast Campground offers access to boat launching, swimming at the Whitebreast Beach, an amphitheatre, playgrounds, hiking trails, numerous picnic shelters, shower facilities and fish-cleaning station. 132 campsites. Open April-September.
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777

RV Rentals

Red Rock RV
2379 Dakota Wood Dr
Pella, IA 50219

Van Ko Camper Rentals
319 152nd Pl
Pella, IA 50219

Disc Golf

Roberts Creek Disc Golf Course
1617 Fillmore Drive, Otley.
New 9-hole disc golf course. Fun for the whole family. Open April through October from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.



Lake Red Rock
Lake Red Rock is Iowa’s largest lake with 15-to-17,000 square acres of surface water.  The lake is home to white bass, black bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, walleye, & many other kinds of fish.  Fishing is open year-round, with opportunities during the winter to ice fish in many of the bays or fish open water under the dam.



A.N. Kuyper Athletic Complex and Ron Schipper Fitness Center
Central College Campus
Cental’s A.N. Kuyper Athletic Complex is one of the top collegiate facilities in the region. It has been chosen to host more NCAA Championship events in more sports than any other Iowa college! The Ron Schipper Fitness Center features a 7200 square foot strength and conditioning area and a 1200 square foot multi-purpose room for exercise classes.

Anytime Fitness
641.628.FITT (3488)
We offer a welcoming, clean environment for everyone. You can rely on our 24/7 availability and superior service to get results. Open 24 hours, “Drop-ins” during staffed hours only.

Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy
604 Liberty Street, Suite 227
641.621.0230 or toll free 866.588.0230
The mission of Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy is to transform lives and restore hope through movement. Our staff of experts provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, enhanced worker performance, athletic training and a medical fitness program to help you thrive and excel.


Pella Community Center
712 Union Street
Gym facilities and recreational classes/leagues.

PRC Health & Fitness
308 SE Ninth Street | Pella, IA 50219
Full service fitness center and indoor turf fieldhouse. Activities for all ages, friendly staff.


Bos Landen Golf Club
2411 Bos Landen Dr
The 18-hole championship public course at Bos Landen Golf Club in Pella, Iowa, was designed by well-known architect Dick Phelps. It has been ranked as Iowa’s #1 Public Golf Course from 1997 to 2001 and was also ranked in the Top-75 Most Affordable Golf Courses in the United States, all according to Golf Digest. Golf Digest also awarded Bos Landen with its “Four Star Place to Play – 2007.” Each hole features 5 sets of tees for players of all skill levels, ranging from 5,100 to 7,000 yards in length.


Pella Golf & Country Club
600 Elm Street
This pleasant 9-hole course on the north side of Pella features a bar and dining area for members and guests. Par: 36. Club/cart rentals available. Open April through November depending on daylight hours.



Wallashuck Trail

Wallashuck Campground
Access to this trail for hiking or mountain biking is easy with five separate entrances within Wallashuck Campground and one from the Volksweg Trail. Habitat transitions can be observed as you travel through mature and immature forests and grasslands. Surface: Grass/Earthen Trail; Length: 1.17 miles.


Roberts Creek Hunting Area
Roberts Creek Park is located on county road G-28 west of Pella.  This 1,535 acre park is one of Iowa’s largest county maintained parks.  Public hunting is allowed on about 350 acres of park property located near the northern boundary.

Lake Red Rock Area Public Hunting Areas Map



Big Rock Park
Donated to the City of Pella in 1958, this park boasts 83-acres of native timber.  Located in the northwest corner of the city at the end of Big Rock Road, it has remained in its natural state as much as possible.  Information signs guide visitors through the maze of trails to get to the Big Rock itself.  Wildlife abounds throughout the park and many walkers, joggers, and cross country skiers take advantage of the park’s solitude as well as its 3 miles of paths.
Brinkhoff Park
Named after an early park enthusiast, this picture-perfect park serves as a welcome park on the west edge of Pella on Washington Street.  Many flower beds, a small windmill, and picnic tables greet those entering Pella from the west.
Caldwell Park
Caldwell Park is located in the southeastern part of Pella between University and Huber Streets. This 15-acre park has restrooms, shelters, playground, ball fields, basketball court, sand volleyball court, 8 tennis courts, skate ramp, and a pond.
Central ParkCentral Park Pella
Surrounded by the central business district, Central Park is the heart of the community.  Its many tulip beds, flowering trees, cannon, Tulip Tower, 1900′s fountain, Civil War statue, sundial, and windmill can be viewed by taking a leisurely stroll along the park’s extensive sidewalk system lined with 19th century benches and lamp posts.  The windmill also serves as an information center April through October.
Kiwanis Park
Kiwanis Park includes playground equipment (new in 2006), a lighted shelter house with picnic tables, a basketball court, drinking fountain, and four tennis courts.  There is open green space with a backstop for a pickup game of baseball or softball.  The Community Services Department, with equipment and facility needs provided by the Kiwanis Club, maintains this 3.75-acre park.  The park is located 1/2 block south of Maple Street off Orchard Street.
Lions Park
Located 1-1/2 miles southwest of Pella off Idaho drive in the Bos Landen Development, Lions Park has a shelter, picnic tables, play equipment, hardwood trees, kid’s playhouse, flower gardens, and a big open space.
Rotary Park
Rotary Park includes a baseball field,a shelter house with picnic tables, playground equipment (new in 2006), a basketball court, and a drinking fountain. This 2-acre park is located at the intersection of Columbus Street and East Third and is co-sponsored by the Rotary Club and Community Services Department.  The Rotary Club provides for the equipment and facility needs and the Community Services Department provides the maintenance.
Sunken Gardens ParkSunken Gardens park
Located two blocks north of the square on Main Street, this park derives its name from the main focal point, a sunken pond in the shape of a wooden shoe.  A wide variety of formal tulip beds, trees, a windmill, turn of the century benches, and light poles are showcased in the rest of the park.  This park is a year-round tourist attraction especially in the spring with its 15,000 plus tulips in bloom.  Ice skating is enjoyed by many during the winter months.
West Market Park
Platted into the original plan of Pella and located two blocks west of the square on Franklin Street, West Market Park is a major gathering place for family reunions and picnics.  This park was originally designated as a market center for area farmers to sell their produce – thus the name West Market.  Amongst the mature trees and expansive open space you will find three shelter houses, picnic tables, restroom facilities, a butterfly garden, and the park’s biggest attraction – a large wooden playground that accommodates all age groups.  After being designed by the town’s children, it was built by community volunteers in just five days in 1992.

Parks at Lake Red Rock:

Many parks are available at the lake: Fifield, Marina Cove/Red Rock Marina, Wallashuck, Ivans Recreation Area, Howell Station, North Overlook, North Tailwater, South Overlook, South Tailwater, Whitebreast, Elk Rock, Cordova Park, Roberts Creek Park. Picnic shelters are available at several of these locations, some of which may be reserved by visiting or call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777. If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.


Knoxville Raceway
1000 N. Lincoln Street, Knoxville
A tradition, a legacy, and a leader in dirt track and open wheel racing.  Come out for the fun and be entertained by some of the most skilled drivers in the world on this 1/2 mile dirt track.


Slideways Go-Kart Track
1230 Highway 14, Knoxville
Test your skills racing around the Slideways track in Go-Karts that resemble sprint cars. Open March to October Sunday 1 to 9 p.m., Monday & Wednesday track rentals, Tuesday & Thursday league races at 7 p.m., Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday 1 to 10 p.m.



Bike Rentals
Iowa Bike Co.
620 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219
Boat Rentals
Red Rock Marina
1768 Highway G-28
Pella, IA 50219
Canoe Rentals
Marion County Conservation Board
RV Rentals
Red Rock RV
Van Ko Camper Rentals


Pella Soccer Complex
Neil Drive
Located on 30 acres 1-1/2 miles south of Pella on Neil Drive, the Pella Soccer Complex boasts 9 soccer fields and is open April to June and August to November, open only during the soccer season.



North Overlook Beach
1007 Highway T-15
Sand beach with specified swimming area, boat access and restrooms.
Pella Indoor Pool, Aquatics Center and Adventure River
602 E. 8th Street
Indoor and outdoor facilities. Indoor pool is a 6-lane, 25-meter facility, along with a 1-meter diving board and ramp entry. Lessons for all ages are offered, as well as lap swims, water exercises for adults and seniors, two seasons of swim team, and various public swims throughout the year.  The Outdoor Aquatic Center has various play features, slides and an Adventure River. Indoor pool open year round. Outdoor pool open Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Whitebreast Beach
971 Highway S-71, Knoxville
Sand beach offers access to boat launching, swimming, sand volleyball court, numerous picnic shelters, shower facilities, restrooms and fish-cleaning station. To reserve a picnic shelter, please visit or call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777. If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis.



Caldwell Park Tennis Courts
Caldwell Park is located in the southeastern part of Pella between University and Huber Streets.  This 15-acre park offers all levels of tennis players eight lighted tennis courts along with plenty of parking.
Kiwanis Park Tennis Courts
The 3.75-acre Kiwanis Park located on the north side of Pella along Orchard Drive is home to four fenced tennis courts.