Whether you prefer hitting the links or paddling a kayak, we have picked some of the recreation hot spots for you in mind.  In the Red Rock Area, we are home to the largest contiguous public land base in Iowa, so we have tons of acres for you to explore by foot, by bike or one the water.

In the Water

Whether your idea of fun in the water is at a beach or a pool, we have you covered. At Lake Red Rock, you will find two beaches: North Overlook and Whitebreast. It is great fun to build sand castles and play some sand volleyball. If the pool is more your thing, check out the Pella Aquatics Center which includes zero entry for small tots and a great lazy river with slides for the older more adventurous kids. The Pleasantville Golf & Country Club also has an outdoor swimming pool and if you want to head indoors check out the pool at the Knoxville Recreation Center.

On the Links

The best known golf course in Marion County is the Bos Landen Golf Resort in Pella, which was ranked as the #1 course in Iowa from 1997 to 2001. The country clubs in Knoxville, Pleasantville and Pella also have 9-hole courses which are great for beginning golfers and experienced golfers looking for a new challenge.

On the Water

Grab your kayak and paddle through the "sea cave" at Lake Red Rock and enjoy the water trail around the lake. Or rent a boat at the Red Rock Marina to explore the lake and nature areas all day. Lake Red Rock is Iowa's largest lake with over 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of public land. You can also paddle in to Hickory Ridge and spend the night in this primitive camping experience.

Indoor Fun

When rain happens or the weather turns cold, it doesn't mean your fun stops. Central College has an entire athletic complex with events happening all the time. There is the Knoxville Recreation Center and PRC Health & Fitness/Pella Fieldhouse which are both complete indoor fitness facilities.

On the Trail

Sometimes at the end of a hectic week with a never end of texts and email messages, it is great to just get outdoors and enjoy nature. Whether you walk, run, bike or ski, it doesn't matter. Lake Red Rock has some great trails to explore with amazing vistas of the lake. Kids enjoy seeing nature up close to listen to the sounds of song birds or smell the fragrance of blooming wildflowers.


Lake Red Rock has several designated public hunting areas. Stop by the Red Rock Visitor Center to pick up a map or call 641.828.7522/641.259.2095. The Red Rock Archery Range is a great spot to practice your bow hunting skills. In the spring, many visitors also enjoy coming to Lake Red Rock to "hunt" the woods for morel mushrooms.