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Located in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa, Waubonsie State Park is ideally situated for those who rent an RV in either Iowa, Nebraska or Kansas. Lying in the heart of Fremont County means the park is only a short drive from the local towns of Hamburg, IA, and Sidney, IA. With a unique topography, shaped by retreating glaciers over thousands of years, Waubonsie State Park offers miles of hiking and equestrian trails that follow deep valleys and gorges. For those who wish to kick back and relax on the water, Lake Virginia offers fishing and boating opportunities.
The park is named after Chief Waubonsie, leader of the Native American Pottawattamie tribe. Waubonsie State Park remains relatively unchanged since its purchase in 1926. The park also lies on the historic Lewis and Clarke trail. A trail used by the Lewis and Clarke expedition of 1804 to venture west and explore the newly acquired territory, a major event in United States history.
So whether its the history, the relaxing lakeside views or the endless hiking opportunities, book an RV in Fermont County today, and start your Waubonsie experience.
The many hills, valleys, and gorges that make up Waubonsie State Park offer a walkers paradise. Regardless of abilities, whether you are a seasoned hiker or just a beginner, trails can be found for a range of skill levels. Sunset Ridge trail offers some of the best walks in Waubonsie State Park. This extensive trail cuts through the picturesque woodland and out onto bluffs and ridges, giving breathtaking views of the Missouri River Valley. Following theses hiking trails also offer the opportunity to see a range of wildlife; from wild deer, turkeys to numerous varieties of birds. Lovers of US frontier history may wish to re-trace the steps of Lewis and Clarke's corps of discovery expedition, where many hiking trails in Waubonsie State Park pass over.
For those who want to escape the shoreline and turn their hand to a spot of fishing, Waubonsie State Park is the place for you. Lake Virginia is stocked full of many different species of fish such as channel catfish, bluegill, and largemouth bass. With seven acres of shoreline, fishing from the water's edge is also possible and is ideal for those motorhome camping close by.
Although there is not a boat rental service within the park itself, boating is permitted on its lakes. Launching a boat from the edge is easy, though only electric motors are to be used here. Why not take a kayak or canoe out onto the lake, enjoying the woodland views from the picturesque water or seek the best fishing spots away from the shore.
Those camping with an RV will find all they need when taking their RV rental to Waubonsie State Park. There are 40 campsites within the park, 24 with electrical hookups all accommodating 50 amps. Facilities include modern showers and a trailer dump station. Half of the campsites in Waubonsie State Park are on a first-come, first-served basis., the rest can be reserved in advance, through the online park reservation service.
Waubonsie State Park Camping can also involve dry camping, bringing only a tent and your horse. This is because there is also a non-modern equestrian campground within Waubonsie State Park. This nonelectric campsite is equipped with hitching rails, pens, and pit vault toilets.
Only a few miles drive south of Waubonsie State Park is Nebraska City, NE. Such a metropolitan city on your doorstep offers an array of day-tripping opportunities.
Having walked the many Lewis and Clarke hikes and trails inside the State Park, why not take a visit to the Lewis and Clarke Interpretive Center. This three-story building sits on a scenic 79-acre wooded bluff, overlooking the Missouri River. This interpretative center strives to showcase the dramatic journey of the company and the scientific discoveries they made on the way. A full-size replica of the keelboat, copies of the journals and a whole wide range of interactive exhibits give visitors a fully immersed experience found nowhere else. A view of the river here has also been preserved, giving visitors a sense for what Lewis and Clarke themselves would have seen over 200 years ago.
While in Nebraska City, take a visit to Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shop. This family-run antique mall is a labyrinth of wonders and assortments and will have antique enthusiasts brimming with delight. With over 200 booths and display cases filled with a wide range of antiques and collectibles, you are sure to find something. Even if antiques are not quite your thing, the Finders Keepers delightful cafe serves up fresh coffee and is the perfect place to sit and unwind.
Sidney, the small town closest to Waubonsie State Park, is the home of the largest continuous rodeo in all of the US. Watch as competitors put on an exhilarating show, competing in a range of events. Events such as "bareback bronc riding," whereby the rider attempts to stay on a bucking horse using only one hand is something to watch. Another event is designed to display the skills once used on the open range, rounding up cattle with lassos. All these events are timed and scored, making a perfect days entertainment for anyone with a Sidney camper rental.