As part of our New Year, New Explorations series, we're going to explore February in Iowa. Let's face it - not too many people want to come to Iowa in February, unless it's for business or family occasions. February in Iowa can be a seemingly endless expanse of days with too much cold and ice...when March, with its hope of springtime, is just...right...there...out...of...reach. So, instead of sitting inside whining about how cold it is...when there's nothing you can do about it...we're going to give you some ideas for getting outside, in fresh air, and enjoying the state you choose to live in. Maybe someone reading this will CHOOSE to visit us in February, too!
Winter outdoor activity enthusiasts don't mind it and are probably hunkered down in their ice shacks or possible putting good mileage on snowshoes. February in Iowa is a great time to learn more about both through various clinics sponsored by local, county and state organizations.
FEBRUARY in Iowa
Instead of looking at those ice fishermen and women and saying, "That's crazy," give it a try. You know they have heat in those ice shacks, right? Many locations around the state have Ice Fishing Clinics. Looking at the Travel Iowa events calendar, we find ice fishing clinics as close as our own Thomas Mitchell Park.
The Iowa DNR also has a monthly calendar with fun activities throughout the year. The state has trails galore perfect for winter treks, as do many cities and counties, so you can put some miles on those new snow shoes.
Another place to check out is the Pottawattamie County Conservation web site. They have Guided Snow Shoe hikes/tours. This is on the western border of Iowa, in the beautiful and historical Loess Hills area near the Missouri River.
Did you know Iowa has an incredible Iowa Winter Games? Snowshoeing is one of the events!
Celebrate winter...it's going to happen every year!