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99 counties, 99 Iowa parks

Kayakers glide along the Raccoon River at Hanging Rock Park near Redfield in Dallas County.
Kayakers glide along the Raccoon River at Hanging Rock Park near Redfield in Dallas County. PHOTO: Gary Fandel

After a long, cold winter and an unusually wet spring, summer is a great time to get outdoors and explore Iowa’s many natural areas.

For many, it is no secret that Iowa is home to an ample supply of places where you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. For example, Iowa’s network of 72 state parks is a great way to connect with nature, and there are many well-known lakes and rivers that also offer recreation opportunities.

And to that a long list of locally run parks in all of Iowa’s 99 counties that are worthy of exploration. For this reason, the Iowa Tourism Office has launched “99 Parks,” a new, summer-long campaign to...




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