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Fort Dodge was settled in the 1850s and chosen as the perfect spot for a military lookout. Nestled along the banks of the Des Moines River, the town was established as a mining, agricultural, and commercial center. Today, Fort Dodge boasts opportunities for enjoying history, art, music, and nature. Home to several world-class museums, historical structures, restaurants, and culture, there’s something for everyone here. The city has a subtle, historical feel, and you can experience the best of both worlds when you book an RV rental in Fort Dodge. Just a 90-minute drive from Des Moines, there’s something new to uncover when you book an RV in Webster County.
In Lehigh, Dolliver Memorial State Park spreads across 594 acres and boasts high bluffs and deep ravines along the Des Moines River. There are opportunities for hiking, boating, and fishing, with playgrounds, chances for wildlife viewing, a day-use lodge, an amphitheater, and picnic shelters too. There’s also a campground with partial hookups, a comfort station, and a dump station, which can accommodate your travel trailer rental from Fort Dodge.
Kennedy Park is a popular 400-acre nature area to visit when you book a camper rental in Fort Dodge. The park features hiking trails and the 53-acre Badger Lake for fishing and swimming. Canoeing, kayaking, and boating are also possible on the lake, but gas motors are not allowed. Additionally, there is an on-site 18-hole golf course, a children’s playground and forest, a volleyball court, butterfly garden, natural playscapes, picnic shelters with a grill, and much more. Should you be interested in learning more about the area, you can do so at the nature center or by joining one of the environmental education programs.
Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is a great place for picnics and large gatherings with its many picnic tables and fire pits. The area has 45 miles of multi-purpose trails that are popular among hikers, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. See what you can catch in the Des Moines River or enjoy boating on Brushy Creek. Work on your aim at one of two shooting ranges or enjoy seasonal hunting for quail, rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer. There’s also equestrian camping and a modern campground with full and partial hookups. Near Lehigh, Duncombe, Webster City, and Stratford, Brushy Creek State Recreation Area is easily accessible and a great time for the entire family.
Not your traditional RV park, Gypsum City OHV Park sits on 800 acres and includes more than 60 miles of trails for use by ATVs, off-road motorcycles, and other off-highway vehicles. The main attractions here are the ATV trails, and the park also has a 1.5-mile motocross track, a half-mile kids’ track, and a beginner circle track. Trails run through heavily-wooded areas, across water, and through mudding areas. The campsites are available in full and partial hookups, and each has a picnic table and a grill. There are also restrooms with warm showers.
Another more traditional RV park in Rockwell City is Rockwell City Iowa RV Park. A smaller RV park in the heart of town, here there are 15 full hookup sites with 30 and 50 amp service. The only on-site amenity is a restroom with showers. However, within two blocks, there are tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool, a kids’ playground, a park with walking trails, and city fairgrounds.
Blanden Memorial Art Museum is a world-class museum located a few blocks from the banks of the Des Moines River. The museum houses a permanent collection of European and American sculptures, photographs, and paintings. There are also collections of contemporary American art, local Iowa artists, and Japanese screens and prints. In addition to permanent exhibits, new and exciting temporary exhibits regularly make an appearance. After perusing the items, visit the museum store for unique silk scarves, ceramics, notecards, prints, and more.
Let history come alive when you book a motorhome rental in Fort Dodge and visit The Fort Museum and Frontier Village. The locale features original and replica buildings from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, including an 1850's log cabin and a one-room schoolhouse. Museum hours are varied, and there are seasonal events, so check the website before visiting.
While you’re in the area with the Fort Dodge campervan rental, swing by the Wilson Brewer Historic Complex and see a part of the town’s past. The area is made up of six historic buildings which include the second Illinois Central Railroad Depot, the Jamison Log Cabin, Mulberry Center Church, Harmony Schoolhouse, the Brewer Cabin, and the first Hamilton County Courthouse.