Whether it is biking, paddleboarding, fishing, birdwatching, kiteboarding, or camping, it’s in our backyard!

Clear Lake and outdoor adventure have always been synonymous. The lake drew the first inhabitants and continues to have that impact today. Artists like Grant Wood, who created his last painting here, loved his summers in Clear Lake. Since we are on the Mississippi River flyway, the spring migration is a birdwatcher’s delight.

Because we have restored the lake’s water quality, Ventura Marsh, and surrounding wetlands, wildlife is returning to make this their home. Bald eagles, pelicans, and snow geese are just some of the winged delights. Sandhill cranes recently nested for the first documented time since the late 1800s.

For those looking for nature or person-powered recreation, dive in!

Bike Trails – The cities of Clear Lake and Ventura and Cerro Gordo County have incorporated bike paths into recent road projects. Thank you! A tour through Ventura Cove and on Sisters’ Prairie provides an overview of many of Iowa’s ecosystems – lake, woodlands, prairie and wetlands – all on one enjoyable ride. Check out the Iowa by Trail App, provided by the Iowa Natural Heritage foundation, to have the latest interactive map on your phone!

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