Roberts Creek Archery Range
1617 Filmore Drive, Otley |  641.627.5507
The 56-target Roberts Creek Archery Range is located along Highway G-28 west of Pella in Robert’s Creek Park (just past the turn off to the east campground). The range is open to the public year round. Email

Axe Throwing

Ironside Axe Club
1513 Washington Street, Pella |  833.735.5229

Ironside Axe Club is a family-friendly environment. Their experienced coaches will go over safety training and education into the art of axe throwing to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience!   Two-hour parties with a minimum of 6 people can be booked for anytime, even outside the club’s regular hours. The club serves a nice variety of beverages, including beer, canned cocktails and soda; and patrons can bring in snacks of their choice. Closed-toed shoes are required. To book, click here.


Caldwell Park Diamonds
Prairie Street and University Street, Pella  |  641.628.4571
Two baseball/softball diamonds located within Caldwell Park.

Pella Sports Park
393 Baseline Drive, Pella | 641.628.4571
6 tournament/ lighted fields, 2 playgrounds, and multipurpose greenspaces.

Bike Trails and Hiking Trails

Volksweg Trail 
Pella and Lake Red Rock  |  641.628.8690
The 17-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
Ivan’s Campground, Lake Red Rock  |  641.620.8690

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

Howell Station Prairie Trail
Howell Station, Lake Red Rock  |  641.620.8690
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

Karr Nature Trail at Cordova
Cordova, Lake Red Rock  |  641.620.8690
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
Lake Red Rock  |  641.620.8690
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
Wallashuck Campground, Lake Red Rock  |  641.620.8690
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

Cordova Observation Tower

Bird Watching

Gladys Black Bird Refuge
Below the Red Rock Dam, (south side) off of Jewell Drive  |  641.259.2095  |  April-November
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  |  641.259.2628
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


Dutch 200 Bowl & Grill
204 S.E. 9th Street  |  641.628.3010
14-lane bowling alley with cosmic bowling available.

Note- Some campgrounds may be opening late due to maintenance work

Elk Rock State Park
641.842.6008  |  87 campsites with 69 offering electrical hook-ups. 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! Modern shower building and trailer dumping station. Boat Ramp. Open year-round.

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

Howell Station Recreation Area- Delayed opening until late-October
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777  |  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.

Ivan’s Recreation Area- Delayed opening until early-October
641.828.7522  |  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.

North Overlook Campground- Delayed opening until early-October

641.828.7522  | North Overlook Recreation Area, known for its densely wooded campsites, is located on the north side of Red Rock Dam and is easily accessible from County Highway T-15. This recreation area features a playground, shower facilities, beach, picnic shelter and access to the paved Volksweg Trail. North Overlook includes 52 campsites; six of these sites are designated for tent camping only.

Roberts Creek Park East
Roberts Creek Park West
641.627.5507  |  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
641.824.3055  |  Located in Knoxville, this R.V. facility allows for 350 spots during the Annual Knoxville Nationals Races each year in August.

Wallashuck Recreation Area- Delayed opening until late-October
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777  |  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.

Whitebreast Recreation Area- Delayed opening until early-October (does not affect Whitebreast Beach)
641.828.7522 or 877.444.6777  |  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.

RV Rentals:

Red Rock RV
2379 Dakota Wood Dr., Pella, IA 50219  |  712.830.6097

Van Ko Camper Rentals
319 152nd Place, Pella, IA 50219  |  641.780.3696

Disc Golf

Roberts Creek Disc Golf Course
1617 Fillmore Drive, Otley  |  641.627.5507
New 9-hole disc golf course. Open April through October from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Email


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  |  641.628.5131
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
819 Broadway Street  |  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.

PCD Fitness
308 SE Ninth Street  |  641.628.4622
Premier fitness facility including 24/7 availability, fitness classes, childcare, basketball courts and pickelball.


Bos Landen Golf Club
2411 Bos Landen Drive  | 641.628.4625
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  |  641.628.4564
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.

Nederlanders Tap & Golf
514 1/2 Main Street  |  641.621.1614
Nederlanders offers 70+ virtual golf courses, a wide array of driving ranges, target games, and mini games for all skill levels! Not a golfer? Not a problem! Nederlanders is still a great spot to meet up with family, friends, and colleagues. Book your tee time or drop in for one of our gourmet hot dogs, domestic or craft beers, or delicious cocktails.

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Roberts Creek Hunting Area
641.627.5507  |  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


Kayak Tours

Take beginner or advanced tours of Elk Rock State Park, learn the history and geology of the area, and check out the sea caves! Learn more here:


Central Park


Visit the City of Pella’s Parks Web Site 

Garden Tour

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, shelter, playground, ball field, basketball court, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, skate ramp, GaGa Ball and a pond.

Central Park
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.

Fountain Hills Park
New in 2014, the Fountain Hills Park includes playground equipment, restroom building and shelter house. This park also features off-street parking and green space. This park is located in north end of Pella on Fountain View Drive, just west of Main Street.

Kiwanis Park
Kiwanis Park features Pella’s state-of-the-art, inclusive playground which is designed for people of all ages and abilities to play together. The largest of its kind in the area, the Wonder Spelen playground features fully accessible and sensory-friendly equipment, an interactive Sona dance and play arch, a sensory garden, a lighted shelter house with picnic tables, and two fully accessible bathrooms. Visitors can also enjoy a basketball court, community gardens, four tennis courts and ample parking off of Main Street and 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.

Pella Sports Park
The Pella Sports Park is a 105 acre facility that currently includes 5 tournament (lighted) baseball/softball fields with permanent fences. The facility also has multi-purpose green spaces available to facilitate multiple fields for soccer, football, cricket, etc. The complex has a full service concession stand, restroom facility, PA system, scoreboards for the baseball/softball fields and two playgrounds.

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 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.

Pickle ball

Caldwell Park Pickleball Courts
Between University and Huber Streets  |  641.628.4571
This 15-acre park offers pickle ball courts along with plenty of parking.

Smash Park Pella
1000 Fifield Rd | 515.999.6223
One-stop shop for pickleball with 4 indoor pickle ball courts, leagues and tournaments.
The perfect place for all skill levels to play!


Bike Rentals

Iowa Bike & Fitness
814 Main Street, Pella, IA 50219  |  641.638.1373

Boat Rentals

Red Rock Marina
1768 Highway G-28, Pella, IA 50219  |  641.627.5743

Canoe Rentals

Marion County Conservation Board


RV Rentals

Red Rock RV

Van Ko Camper Rentals


Pella Soccer Complex
907  218th Street  |  641.628.4571
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,  during soccer seasons.


North Overlook Beach
1007 Highway T-15  |  641.628.8690
Sand beach with specified swimming area, boat access and restrooms.

Pella Indoor Pool, Aquatics Center and Adventure River
602 E. 8th Street  |  641.628.1882
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  |  641.628.8690
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
Between University and Huber Streets  |  641.628.4571
This 15-acre park offers all levels of tennis players eight lighted tennis courts along with plenty of parking.

Kiwanis Park Tennis Courts
Orchard Drive  |  641.628.4571
The 3.75-acre Kiwanis Park is home to four fenced tennis courts.