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Enjoy a Tour of the Midwest’s Best Show Cave’s

Some people may not realize it, but the Midwest is packed with caves.  In fact Missouri is known as the cave state, due to the numerous caves found throughout.  Just about every state in the Midwest has a cave or two.   Some are wild, like the ones found in Maquoketa Caves State park in Iowa.  Others have been commercialized and turned into tourist attractions.   In this article we will take a look at some of our favorite show caves around the Midwest.


Crystal Lake Cave: Located 5 miles south of Dubuque, Iowa, near the Illinois and Wisconsin borders.  What makes this cave so special, is not just the number of pristine crystal formations, but the quality of these formations. The beauty of this cave is unequaled in Iowa, and just about everywhere else.   Cave tours take about 45 minutes, and consist of a 3/4 mile walk through flat, lit, paved passages.   In 2016 they also started offering Wild cave tours, for the more adventurous cave enthusiasts.  These tours are an hour and a half long, and consist of exploring the uncharted passages of the cave.   Crystal Lake Cave also has a gift shop and Mining Sluice, as well as a picnic area. Mention Mainstream Adventures and receive a free flash light!  For more information call 563 556-6451

Spook Cave: Located in McGregor Iowa, the Spook Cave campground is one of the most sought after campsites in all of Iowa.  After taking a visit it’s easy to see why.  This campground has its own beautiful waterfall, a lake for swimming, beautiful cabins,and don’t forget the cave tours.  Cave tours depart every half hour and take about 45 minutes.  All tours are done by boat. The cave was discovered in 1953 and opened for business in 1955. For more information call 563 873-2144


Niagara Cave: Located on Minnesota’s southern border in the town of Harmony.  This geological marvel was discovered in 1924, and opened to the public in 1934.  Consistently rated as one of the top 10 show caves in North America, people travel from all 50 states and over 100 different countries to take the hour long guided tour through the cave. The tour has been described as an educational adventure in nature that you won’t want to miss!  The Niagara Cave is one of the most unique geological locations in the state featuring 100-foot high ceilings and 450 million year old fossils, but the highlight of the tour is the 60 foot waterfall.  For more information call 507 886-6606


Cave of the Mounds: discovered in 1939 in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.  Often referred to as the jewel box of American show caves. Cave of the Mounds has been offering guided tours for over 75 years, and in 1988 the cave was designated a National Natural Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.   Guided tours of this underground wonderland last one hour, and take place on flat, paved, lit, walkways.   The tour will take you past an amazing array of crystal formations, stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.  They also have a fossil dig, butterfly garden, and gift shop.  For more information call 608 437-3038


Marengo Cave: Located in Marengo Indiana, this lesser known of the Midwest show caves sure packs a mighty punch with 6 different cave tours available.  Regardless of which tour you choose your sure to have an amazing experience.  This cave features several different types of mineral formations  from Helictites  to soda straws, from Stalactites, to  Cave Popcorn.  This cave really has it all.  Discovered in 1883, by children using only candles to navigate all the underground twists and turns.  Since that time Marengo Cave has had more then 3 million visitors explore its passageways.   For more information call 888 702-2837 


Fantastic Caverns: Discovered in 1862 by an Ozark farmer just northwest of Springfield, MO., is one of more than 5,600 known caves that dot the Missouri landscape, and more are still being discovered. Of these, just 18 are open to visitors — and only one offers a riding tour.   Today’s riding tour tells a  story. Along the roomy, brightly lit passageways, visitors can see thousands of speleothems — cave formations that include stalactites and stalagmites, tiny soda straws, cave pearls, massive columns and flow-stones, thin and delicate draperies and more. These distinctive formations, each one like no other, and all created by water a drop at a time. Cave tours last about an hour and have a year round temperature of 60 degrees.  For more information call 417 833-2010


Meramec Cavern:  Located in Stanton Missouri.  Beneath the fertile rolling hills of the Meramec Valley, lies a complex of mineral formations and color as rare and unique as they are beautiful. These precious underground jewels, which took thousands of years to grow, are preserved in the spectacular sights of Meramec Caverns.  Guided tours by trained rangers are conducted along well-lit walkways. Learn how the ancient Wine Table (World’s rarest cave structure) was formed completely under water. The entire cave complex stretches upwards past the height of a 7-story building and extraordinary formations can be seen throughout. 



Lost River Cave:  The Cave Boat Tour begins with a leisurely stroll in the valley as your guide shares the tale of the blue hole and disappearing Civil War soldiers.  When you arrive at the massive cave entrance, prepare to board Kentucky’s only underground boat tour. Duck your head for just a moment as you glide under the famous wishing rock. Touch the cool limestone ceiling before the passage opens into a cathedral-like cavern.   Plan to spend about 45 minutes to an hour on this two-part tour.  For more information call 270 393-0077

6 Unforgettable Float Trips Everyone in the Midwest Should Take

Summer months are loaded with Adventure, hiking, mountain biking, road trips, spelunking, water parks, the list of summer activities could go on and on.  My favorite summer adventures take place on the water.   While the Midwest can’t always compete with some of the bigger outdoor locations in the country.  We more then hold our own when it comes to float trips.  With so many different rivers scattered around the Midwest, and countless outfitters promising an adventure you wont forget, it can be hard to know where to start.  So I decided to compile a list of my favorite float trips around the Midwest, with each location  I also listed an outfitter to make your planning a little easier.  This is just a list to get you started and there are literally 100’s of other float trips you could take.  These 6 just represent my favorites, and the outfitters listed have a long history of providing unforgettable experiences on the river.


The Upper Iowa River:  Located in northern Iowa just south of the Minnesota border is the  Iowa River.  This section of river was featured in National Geographic Magazine and listed as one of the top 100 adventures in North America.   Much of your float will take place along 200 foot high bluffs,  with beautiful old bridges crossing the river above your head.  This is a  perfect destination if your looking for a little adventure. Canoeing the Upper Iowa River is truly a one of a kind experience.    Need an outfitter?  Chimney Rock Campground and Canoe Rental is our  favorite in this area.  They offer full service canoe rental, and even have a beautiful campground, and cabins for rent.  For more information call 563 735-5786


The Maquoketa River: A trip down the Maquoketa River will take you past Pictured Rocks Park, and several other scenic locations. This is a more relaxing, day in the sun type of float.  The landscape along the Maquoketa River is beautiful Iowa forest, and towering rock bluffs.  There are several sand bars along the river which are perfect for stopping for picnics or taking a dip in the river to cool off.  This is a family friendly type of float, the current is usually mild, and the river is not too deep so its a great place the kids to swim.  Looking for an outfitter?  Call Monticello Canoe Rental, they have been in business for over 30 years, and provide some of the best customer service around.  They also rent Kayaks, and tubes for all your floating needs.  319 465-3697


The Des Moines River: Located on the West/Central side of Iowa, this river is a perfect location for your next float trip with plenty of scenery, including rock bluffs, wildlife, tall bridges and the river has plenty of sandbars for your picnic needs.  Canoeing this river will also take you past the  beautiful Ledges, of Ledges State Park.  My favorite part of canoeing the Des Moines river is all the twists and turns you face going down stream.  These turns in the river add the excitement of “what’s around the next turn”.   No matter if your kayaking, tubing or canoeing a trip on the Des Moines river wont disappoint.  Need an outfitter?  Seven Oaks Rec in Boone Iowa, has bee serving this area for years.  They offer full service shuttle service and rent Kayaks, Canoes, and Tubes.  Call  515 432-9457


The Meramec River:  A scenic float trip down the beautiful and scenic Meramec River is an excellent way to explore the wonders of the Show-Me-State’s wild outdoors. Steep limestone bluffs, caves, and beautiful springs  surround you as you explore the  along a watery path of aquatic plants, animals, and forests.   The Meramec River is a Class I river that is suitable for all levels of floating experience and expertise. From individuals to families to groups.Weather your a serious paddler or its your first time on the water you’re sure to have a great experience on the scenic Meramec River!  This canoe trip will take you through the beautiful Meramec State Park.  Looking for an outfitter?  Our favorite is Meramec Cavern Canoe and Raft Rental. located in  Stanton Missouri.  They also offer camping, zip-lining, and a world class cave tour. Reservations can be made by calling  573 468-3166


The Namekagon River:  Looking for an awesome adventure?  Why not canoe the Namekagon River in Wisconsin.  With more then 250 miles of beautiful waterways you will have the perfect opportunity to get in touch with nature.  Along the way you can spend the night on riverside campsites only accessible from the water.  These primitive sites are the perfect location for an Adventure you wont soon forget.   Need an outfitter?  Cantact Jack’s  Canoe and Tube Rental, with over 160 years of combined outfitting experience.  They have the know how to help plan an amazing trip.  Contact Jack’s at  715  635-3300


The Vermillion River:  This 70 mile long river runs in Illinois from Oglesby to Danville, and has several great locations to start or finish your float.  My favorite starting location is near Oglesby.  Its one of the only locations in Illinois with whitewater rapids.  This section from Oglesby to Lowell is rated as a Class 111 rapid.(out of 6 classes)  Aside from the rapids, this awesome float will take you through Matthiessen Sate Park.  Some other highlights on this float include Wildcat Falls, and the Lone Star Damn.  Looking for an outfitter?  We recommend Vermillion River Rafting, they rent 4 or 6 person rafts, or individuals can rent inflatable Kayaks.  Call  815 667-5242 to make your reservation.


Condor Fuel Hydration Pack

A major concern for anyone spending long amounts of time in the wilderness is hauling around enough drinking water to keep you hydrated. One easy way I have found is by carrying a Hydration Pack. Hydration Packs come in many different shapes and sizes, I have experimented with several different brands over the years, and they have all more or less done a decent job. Recently I came across a brand that I was unfamiliar with, and decided to give them a try.
First a little history on the company: Condor Outdoor has been around for over 20 years, they started off as a camping/hiking supplier, and have since grown into a tactical/survival gear outfitter. Many times those go hand in hand with each other, and it seems that many of there products could be used for either purpose.

After spending an hour browsing through the many products featured on their website, I decided to try out the 165: Fuel Hydration Pack. The Pack had received several high reviews on there website, and had a bigger bladder (2.5L) then some other packs I had looked into.

Upon receiving the pack, I was impressed right away, the pack looked small in the pictures, but actually had a very fair amount of storage space inside. The pack featured 3 different storage compartments, all varying in size and shape. Inside each compartment, I was pleased to find, several smaller pockets. This comes in very handy when you want to keep things separated, or organized inside your pack. Storage space aside, the pack also seemed to be very durable, I examined all the stitching and did not find any flaws. Lastly, I checked out the zippers. I had read an online review stating that the zipper quality was poor, so I had to find out if this was true. While the zippers, themselves are made from a hard plastic, I have known these type of zippers to have some problems in the past, however many times those problems came as a result of over packing, and are not really a fault of the zipper itself.

So far I have been fairly impressed with this pack, but I have one final test I wanted to put it through. Field test. Many times a product looks and feels great, in the store or at home, but when you get it out on the trail you end up disappointed. I carefully planned a trip that would put this pack through, many different challenges. A long hike, to test the comfort of wearing it all day. This will also put the zippers to a test, as I will be loading the pack with sunscreen, bug spray, a change of cloths, a first aid kit, and some snacks for the trail. I also wanted to mix in some spelunking, to see if the pack would hold up when I have to drag it through a tight crawl way.

I made plans to hike Wildcat Den, Pikes Peak State Park, Horseshoe Canyon and the Mines Of Spain, on the way back I swung by Crystal Lake Cave to do some spelunking. This four day Adventure gave me a great feel for the pack. After more then 22 miles of hiking, the pack was still comfortable on my back, the zippers held strong, and none of the fabric had any significant signs of wear and tear. As far as the bladder goes, it did not leak or present any problems at all. Overall I feel this is a quality Hydration Pack at a fair price. For more information on products from Condor Outdoor visit there website at

Summer Camping Tips:

There is nothing quite like spending the night under the stars, in front of a crackling fire, or drifting off to sleep amid the peaceful chirps of crickets and the sound of trickling streams. That is, of course, if you’ve successfully packed the essentials for your camping trip. Being unprepared can be a camper’s worst nightmare, leading to a restless night of shivering and itchy bug bites.
People head outdoors and away from civilization for a different experience – to unplug and enjoy a change of scenery, and to escape the daily hustle and bustle. A popular past time during the summer months, hundreds of thousands of people camp each year.

Every camper has his or her own style and preference, from the barebones man (or woman) versus nature survival trip, to “glamping” or glamorous camping – and everything in between.

Fortunately, the Midwest has countless state parks, historic sites, and camp grounds offering thousands of campsites ranging from secluded walk-in sites to sites that offer amenities such as hot showers, laundry facilities and WI-Fi. Regardless of your approach to camping, there’s no shortage of gear to be had. Here is a list of seven essentials no camper should leave home without, no matter what level of comfort you seek during your commune with nature.


Shelter is first and foremost on the list of essentials. Invest in a durable, high-quality tent which will be easy to set up and take down, weatherproof and able to withstand high winds. When thinking about shelter, also consider including a stake hammer and tent repair kit … just in case.Sleeping

Sleeping bags come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Be sure to purchase one that is suitable for the climate and time of year in which you will be camping. For added comfort, consider an air mattress, extra blankets and pillows.Gear

The endless supply of camping gadgets and gizmos available make it easy to get carried away. Remember to keep it simple and go minimal, especially if you are backpacking, but be sure to include the essentials: bug spy, flashlight/lantern/headlamp, compass, pocket knife, water bottle and lighter,Personal

Depending on how long you are camping, toiletries are a must, but should also be kept to the bare necessities including: toilet paper, sunscreen and soap/shampoo. Be sure to check for environmental safety in the items you choose.Safety

Camping can be an exciting but unpredictable adventure. Be prepared for anything by packing a first aid kit that is readily available and well-stocked including: bandages, antibiotic ointment, aloe, pain medicines, antiseptic and tweezers.Cooking

From roasting hot dogs and marshmallows to Dutch oven lasagna, regardless of what you plan to cook while camping, there are a few food preparation staples that are mandatory. Be sure to store your perishable items in a durable, yet portable cooler and pack basic cookware, utensils, fuel, trash bags, dish soap and paper towels.


Last but certainly not least, be equipped with fun activities and games to enjoy while camping. Water toys, corn-hole boards, footballs, Frisbee’s and playing cards can provide hours of enjoyment for campers of all ages. And of course, don’t forget your camera for capturing all the memories, and beautiful sites you stumble upon.

As you embark on your camping trip, it is not only important to be prepared, but to remember your camping etiquette so that you can have fun while respecting Mother Nature and your fellow campers.

Summer Fun At Vertigo Bungee

Vertigo Bungee was born in 1990 near Lake Tahoe,  from a group of extreme sports enthusiasts with a flair for living on the edge.  Early on Vertigo received worldwide recognition for jumping with some of the leading athletes in the extreme sports movement of the 1990’s.  All this exposure lead to Vertigo Bungee being featured in multiple episodes on MTV Sports, creating some of the more memorable moments of the series.

Fast forward a couple of decades later, and Vertigo Bungee is still sitting atop the bungee jumping world, continually Jumping and perfecting their craft.  They have logged more then 300,000 jumps from structures all  across the globe.
Looking for a little Adventure this summer?  Look no further!  Vertigo Bungee has several jump dates planned for the 2017 season.  Weather your a seasoned bungee jumper, or its your first time, the staff at Vertigo is highly trained to make your jump a safe, fun and memorable experience that you will never forget.While the world may view Bungee Jumping as a dangerous activity, Vertigo Bungee has worked tirelessly creating never seen before standards in safety.  There system is safer then any amusement park ride in the world, its reasons like this that make Vertigo Bungee the most sought after bungee jump company in the country today.  There safety first, fun second approach,  has grown bungee jumping  from a sport for thrill seekers, to an activity the whole family can enjoy.

One big advantage Vertigo Bungee has is owning the Young’s High Bridge, spanning the Kentucky River in Anderson County Kentucky.   By owning the bridge  the staff at Vertigo Bungee can really cater to the customers needs.  Its because of this great service that so many jumpers return again and again.

At Vertigo Bungee they have jumpers  ranging in age  from 7 years old to 92 years old.   With an amazing staff and state of the art equipment, you are sure to have an amazing Adventure to tell your friends for years to come.
 So weather your a thrill seeker like me searchingfor your next adrenaline rush, or just looking for something different for your next family outing, Vertigo Bungee has everything you need for a memorable experience.  Book  your Adventure today at



Feel the Excitement at the QC Skydive Center

Located just east of the town of Geneseo Illinois, a short 20-30 minute drive from the Quad Cities, is the Quad City Skydiving Center! This small town setting is the perfect place to make your skydiving dreams come alive.

There is a saying in the business world “Experience Counts” this saying is especially true in the world of skydiving. When it comes to experience, no one in the area has more jumps then QC Skydiving Centers owner Dennis Jensen, he has owned the business since 1999, and has more than 7,000 jumps to his credit, with 4,000 of those as a tandem instructor.The Quad City Skydiving Center is a safety oriented drop zone, geared towards teaching beginners the exhilarating sport of skydiving. Weather your looking to check another one off on your bucket list or working to become a licensed skydiver, the friendly staff will work with you to help you meet your goals.At the Quad City Skydiving Center there is a sense of family between the coworkers and it seems to extend to the customers as well, where you are not treated as just the next person in line, but more like a long time friend. During my visit I was invited to bring my family out for a cookout the following weekend, and often times the day ends with staff and students sitting around the campfire telling stories. Its this type of friendly service that keeps customers coming back again and again.
One of the best part’s of the Skydiving experience is being able to share it with friends. This is made possible through the professional video recording service they provide. The staff took the time to record my jump from start to finish, they interviewed me before take off, again on the plane, and once more back on the ground. During the jump they took several photos mid flight. The picture quality was amazing, and Im able to share the whole experience with my kids.
Just about everyone has skydiving on their bucket list, and there is no better time than now, and no better place then the Quad City Skydive Center. So call and make a reservation today, this is one summer Adventure you will never forget.

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Dennis at 309 269-7535

Go on Safari at Aikman Wildlife Adventure

Aikman Wildlife Adventure opened last year in Arcola, and has since grown into one of the biggest and best tourist attractions in Southern Illinois. The Adventure Park has more then 150 different animals, and over 50 different species, just waiting to be seen. Living in the Midwest, this is about as close to an African Safari as we can get with out a passport.

Aikman Wildlife Adventure is currently offering several great ways to experience this unique park. A walk through adventure, a drive through adventure, and a wagon ride adventure! There is also a petting zoo and a behind the scenes tour, and coming soon to the park will be an Aviary Adventure.

On the walk through adventure, you are free to explore the park and see many different animals in their own habitats. This tour is also where the petting zoo is located, as well as camel rides on Saturdays. On the tour you will see kangaroos, lemurs, hyenas, and much much more!
The drive through adventure, is a great way to see many of the animals from the comfort of your car. This tour will lead you on a mile long path through the sanctuary.
Many times the animals will walk up and greet you as you make your way through the park.

The wagon ride adventure, is a great opportunity to feed the animals. This tour is narrated by knowledgeable guides and is a great learning experience for everyone. This tour also includes admission for the walk through adventure.
Looking for a little more Adventure? The behind the scenes tour may be exactly what your looking for. This is the ultimate up close and personal experience. On this tour you ride with our guide on a 6-seat side by side UTV. You will leave the beaten path, and cut your own trail through the park. This adventure allows you to visit the kangaroo habitat, and even visit a pair of wolf-dog pups!

The petting zoo is a great way for the kids to get up close and personal with many different types of animals. Admission to the petting zoo is always free, and cups of feed are sold for $1 each.

The park is packed with everything from farm animals, to much more exotic species. Including wildebeests, camels, zebras, bison, llamas, kangaroos, and a whole lot more. It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Aikman Wildlife Adventure is located at 125 North County Road 425E Arcola Illinois 61910 for more information visit


Adventure on the Namekagon River

 It looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay, and that’s great news for Jack’s Canoe & Tube Rental. With the warmer weather, Jack’s has begun taking reservations for the 2017 season. So get your friends together, pick a date and make a reservation today. Reservations can be made by calling 715-635-3300Jack’s Canoe & Tube Rental was founded in 1967, and has been providing Northwest Wisconsin with amazing Adventures for over 50 years. This fourth generation family owned business, is well known for offering great customer service as well as great float trips.Located on the beautiful Namekagon River, Jack’s offers a wide range of rental options, they have Canoes, Kayaks, Inner Tubes, and in 2014 they added Paddle boards. The Trips range from a 2 hour float, to a 12 day Adventure. So whether your looking for a relaxing day floating with friends, or your trying to push you limits,on an overnight float Jack’s Canoe & Tube Rental has the perfect trip for you.

Looking for an awesome Adventure, that you wont forget? Jack’s Canoe Retal, offers a 12 day Adventure trip, covering approximately 250 miles of breath taking river. Along the way you will camp on riverside campsites, only accessible by water! This amazing trip will give visitors an ultimate camping experience in mother natures truest form.
The staff at Jack’s has over 160 combined years of outfitting experience on the river. Let them put that experience to work, creating the perfect outing for you and your friends. Make your reservation today to come and explore one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets. For more information please visit:

Summer guide to Iowa’s best Adventures


Summertime Guide to Iowa’s Best Adventures!

With so many fun summer Adventure’s scattered throughout Iowa, it’s sometimes hard to choose.  So I compiled a list of what I feel are the best Adventure’s in the state of Iowa.

Monticello Canoe Rental
Located in Monticello, on the banks of the Maquoketa River, is Monticello Canoe Rental. This awesome company provides everything you need for a relaxing float down river. They have been in business for over 30 years and are well known for providing the best float experience in the state. They rent canoes, kayaks, and tubes, for all your floating needs. Mention Mainstream Adventures and receive a free gift! for more info call 319-465-3697

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa Caves State Park is considered Iowa’s most visited state park, and after you have been there its easy to see why. With more the 6 miles of trails, the Balanced Rock, the Natural Bridge, and 13 caves ready to be explored, this park is one summer Adventure you wont want to miss.

Climb Iowa

Escape the summer heat with a trip to Climb Iowa, This indoor(Climate Controlled) climbing facility is located only 5 miles from Des Moines. With more then 10,000 square feet of climbing space and over 200 different routes, a fitness room, and a yoga studio, There is literally something for everyone, regardless of skill level. Climb Iowa offers day passes and monthly memberships. For more info call 515-986-2565

Crystal Lake Cave

What better way to beat the summer heat, then by exploring a beautiful cave with a year round temperature of 51 degrees?  Crystal Lake Cave now offers two great cave tours, the general tour, and the Wild tour. The General tour will walk you through the cave on flat, paved passageways, while the Wild tour, will take you crawling on your hands and knees through the unexcavated passages of the cave. Mention Mainstream Adventures for a free flashlight. For more info call 563-556-6451

Spook Cave Campground’s

Cool off inside the Spook Cave, this 45 minute boat tour takes you out on the mighty Mississippi and into the Spook Cave located at the base of a towering bluff. This cave tour features a year-round temperature of 47 degrees, so you may want to wear a jacket for this one. The campground also has a lake with a beach, and a waterfall emerging from one of the surrounding bluffs. For more information call 563-873-2144

Sky Tours Zip-Line 


Located in Dubuque, Zip Tours offers a one of a kind zip-lining experience, over historic Union Park. This two hour Adventure, will take you on 9 separate zip-lines. Whether your a nature lover, history buff, or thrill seeker, you will find exactly what your looking for at Zip-Tours. For more information call 563-484-4248

Matt Leyden’s Dive Shop

Mastering a new skill is always a great way to spend the summer months, you could work on your jump shot, learn to fly fish, take a couple strokes off your golf game, or maybe this summer you could learn how to scuba dive. Classes are offered year round, and are taught by some of most experienced dive masters in the state. Matt Leyden’s Dive Shop is located in Clive, and offers classes all over the Des Moines area. For more information or to register for a class call 515-777-2751

Chimney Rock Campground and Canoe Rental

Rated as one of the top 100 Adventures in North America by National Geographic Magazine,  Canoeing the Upper Iowa River is truly a one of a kind experience.  During your down river float you will see 200 foot towering bluffs, waterfalls, and old bridges.  With several different trips to choose from you’re sure to one that is perfect for you.  After a day on the river you can relax in one of the gorgeous cabins.  To learn more call 563 735-5786

Seven Oaks Recreation

Seven Oaks Recreation Is one summer destination that has it all!  Kayaking, canoeing, paintball, camping, and The Gladiator Assault Challenge obstacle race, and so much more.  So take your pick of one of there activities, and start having fun today!  Pack your tent and stay for the weekend. For more information call 515-432-9457

Go Hiking

Some of my favorite hiking locations include, Backbone State Park, Pikes Peak, Pallisades Kepler, Wildcat Den, Ledges and of course Maquoketa Caves.  Some other great hiking locations include Sauderburch Park in Davenport, Starr Cave Forest Preserve in Burlington,  Crapo Park in Burlington, the Mines of Spain in Dubuque, and White Water Canyon.  Of course these are just a few of my favorites, Iowa has many more great hiking locations all over the state.

Bear Creek Cabins
Spend a week at Bear Creek Cabins in Highlandville Iowa.  Words really can not do this place justice. a trip to Bear Creek is like taking a trip back in time.  The cabins are situated between the number 1 and number 2 ranked trout streams in the state, and offer breathtaking views year round.  This is a perfect location for fishing trips, family reunions, or romantic getaways.  They have several cabins of all different sizes available, to book your reservation call 563-546-7722


Summer Fun at Seven Oaks Recreation


Winter, Spring, Summer, or fall, this is one destination that has it all. No matter the season, your sure to have a great time at Seven Oaks Recreation. At Seven Oaks they pride themselves in offering the best family fun activities in the area all year round.

Looking for a great place to take a canoe/kayak trip? Seven Oaks has just the trip for you. Currently they are offering two float options. The first trip is a 2-4 hour float covering about 7 miles. This scenic trip is great for first timers, or those with young children, or for large groups. The second trip is a 5-8 hour float that covers 15 miles of the beautiful Des Moines River. This scenic float will take you past the ledges of Ledges State Park. This trip is perfect for experienced paddlers, or those looking to spend the whole day on the river. With either trip you choose, the staff at Seven Oaks handles everything. So all you need to worry about is having fun!

Have you ever wanted to challenge your family, friends, or coworkers to a duel? With the safe and family friendly paintball facility at Seven Oaks you can! Imagine going to war with your friends on the Seven Oaks battlefield spread out over 1 ½ to 2 acres of flat grassy land. This course is littered with structures for you to hide behind, while waiting for the perfect opportunity to ambush the opposing team.

Looking for a little excitement? The Gladiator Assault Challenge, may be just what your looking for. This exciting 5-7 mile race features 30+ obstacles, and will challenge you both mentally and physically. The Gladiator Assault Challenge has grown into one of the Midwest’s best obstacle races, and takes place annually in May.

With so many fun activities at Seven Oaks it may be hard to fit everything into one day. That’s why so many families pack there tents and stay for the weekend. Each site includes tables, fire pits, and port a potties. Flush toilets and showers are available in the lodge 24hrs a day. The hill top campground is great for groups of any size. While camping at Seven Oaks your sure to have a peaceful stay complete with a gorgeous view over looking the Des Moines River Valley.
Seven Oaks is also a great location for your next event. Whether its a wedding reception, class reunion, corporate event, family reunion, or a graduation party, The Lodge at Seven Oaks is the perfect location. Situated at the bottom of the ski trails, The Lodge has a 16 foot vaulted ceiling and a natural knotty pine interior. With seating for 400, a full bar, and an excellent staff, any event held in The Lodge is sure to be a hit!

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515 432-9457

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