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Explore the rural region of western Iowa when camping at Lake Anita Campground in Lake Anita State Park. Surrounding Lake Anita a few miles away from the small town of Anita, this charming place is halfway between Omaha and Des Moines. This is a perfect place for anyone who likes outdoor activities, fishing, hunting, and relaxing in a quiet environment. Book an RV in Cass County, Iowa, and you explore this scenic region.
The campsites at Lake Anita Campground offer full hookups, big rig access, and space for tents. Here you will find clean restrooms and showers, recreational trails, and access to the lake. On the lake, you can go fishing, swimming, and boating. Lake Anita Campground is kid-friendly, and there is a playground nearby. You can also borrow games and spend a fun day playing with your kids when you set up camp at Lake Anita State Park.
Every campsite has a fire ring and picnic tables, and there is plenty of green space between the campsites. There are nice and quiet trails going all the way around the lake, where you can go hiking, biking, or jogging. This 180-acre lake is one of the most popular destinations in the region for fishing and outdoor recreation. Other activities available here are nature and bird watching.
About 15 minutes' drive north of the RV campground, you will find Littlefield County Park. This popular fishing location has lots of channel catfish, crappies, bluegill, largemouth bass, and carp. Here you can also go kayaking, canoeing, and swimming along the 400-foot-long beach. Beautiful hiking trails surround the lake, and here you can run, hike, or bike while watching the beautiful nature.
Whiterock Conservancy is only about 45 minutes' drive north when you're camping at Lake Anita Campground. This beautiful 5,500-acre park is dedicated to preserving the gorgeous landscape and natural resources. From the north side, you can visit Coon Rapids and Riverside Park, while to the south, there are many attractions to see along the way, including the Great Farmhouse Historic District and Hollyhock Cottage, Roadside and Sculpture Park, and more. Hike along the Middle Raccoon River, and while following the trail, stop for fishing, nature watching, and wildlife viewing.
Bays Branch State Wildlife Area is less than an hour's drive away when you are motorhome camping at Lake Anita Campground. On the shore of Bay Branch and Bay Branch Lake, this gorgeous park is home to many birds, small animals, and fish. If you like fishing, this is a great place to catch bluegill, common carp, and largemouth bass. The park has a boat ramp, and here you can use motorboats, as well as canoes and kayaks. The forest around the lake is perfect for hiking and biking.
Jesse James Historical Site is one of the most interesting places to see when RV camping in the area. The location dedicated to him is where the first train robbery happened back in 1873. His gang was waiting for a train that was transferring gold from Cheyenne. The historical site is marked with a locomotive wheel, which has a plaque describing the location.
Visit the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines for a great day of fun with your travel crew. The zoo is dedicated to preserving and encouraging the protection of wildlife and nature, with educational and recreational programs for all ages. The zoo offers an array of different experiences, including rides on trains, carousels, and camels. Some of the most interesting activities are the animal feedings. Here you can feed giraffes, parakeets, fish, and more. The zoo also organizes daily adventures for visitors, including demonstrations of penguin feeding, training, and feeding of seals and sea lions, giraffe training demonstrations, and so much more. Other animals that you can see here are African lions, red pandas, Aldabra tortoises, and eastern black rhinos. Enjoy field trips, guided tours, or exploring on your own when you spend an afternoon here during your Anita camper rental vacation.
Not far from the zoo, you can also visit Pappajohn Sculpture Park, which is part of the Des Moines Art Center. This park features the artwork of famous artists from around the world. The four-acre park has 30 sculptures, which are considered to be some of the most valuable parts of the art center. The park is open from sunrise to midnight, and everyone can visit to walk around the sculptures and admire art or have a picnic on the grass in the beautiful park.