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Otter Creek Park near Toledo one of “99 Counties, 99 Parks”

New Iowa Initiative

May 13, 2019
From: Jessica O’Riley - Tourism Communications Manager-Iowa Tourism Office , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Imagine hiking rolling hills created by windblown soils from the last Ice Age, discovering and collecting Devonian age fossils from 365 million years ago, climbing the Midwest's tallest observation tower for sweeping views of a 15,000-acre lake, exploring the backwaters and sloughs of the Mighty Mississippi River or relaxing in a grain bin converted into a modern cabin. You can experience all that and more in Iowa's county parks. Yes, Iowa.

With more than 2,000 county parks to choose from, selecting the perfect park can be daunting. That's why the State of Iowa launched a new campaign called "99 Counties, 99 Parks," highlighting one county conservation-managed park in each of Iowa's 99 counties.

Tama County's Otter Creek Park, located five miles northeast of Toledo, is featured in the listing.

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Canoeing at Otter Creek Lake near Toledo. Kayaking is now gaining in popularity at the Tama County lake.
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In addition to traditional activities like fishing, boating and hiking, the list includes parks with golf courses, archery ranges, disc golf courses, nature centers, observation towers, eco-cruises, Olympic-sized swimming pools and luxury cabins. Individuals are encouraged to visit to find the parks that best fit their adventure level.

Many of the parks also include "selfie stands" where visitors can take photos and share their experiences on social media using #ThisIsIowa or #99parks.

Downloadable guides such as the Family Fun Pack, Fishing 101 and Camping and Picnic Recipe Book are also available and travelers are encouraged to track their visits with the downloadable checklist.

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