Outdoor adventures aren't just for summer! Ottumwa and Wapello County have a variety of parks, nature areas, and wildlife preserves to explore this winter.
Ottumwa boasts 22 parks and public areas covering more than 600 acres, and Wapello County Conservation maintains several parks and wildlife preserves. You can find the perfect outdoor spaces to explore in any season - make sure you bring your camera!
Let your dogs off leash at the Bark Park.
Fish, walk the trails, and let the kids work off some energy on the playground equipment in Greater Ottumwa Park.
Challenge friends to a round of winter golf at our eight disc golf courses.
A walk along the Des Moines River is the perfect time for bird-watching.
Pick one of the loops of the Wapello County Trail System, or tackle all 16 miles - it's perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Wapello County Conservation maintains several parks and wildlife preserves throughout the area including Eddyville Sand Dunes Prairie, Garrison Rock, Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve, and Rock Bluff Park.
At the Des Moines River Scenic Overlook in Eldon, you can just sit back and watch the world pass by.
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