The end of July –  the dog days of summer are here. Hot temperatures, humid conditions, it’s enough to make anyone stay indoors or find a bucket of water to soak your head in. Lucky for us here in central Iowa, we have several natural “buckets” of water called lakes, that we can go fish, boat, and just chill with our toes in the sand. Here are some close lakes to get cooled off in:

  • Rock Creek Lake: This lake is south of Marshalltown, by 45 min. or so. Right next to Rock Creek State Park, you can do anything from camping to boating to fishing and get all the sunshine you want. Boasting of great shore fishing, you are sure to get your fill. Great for families or the enthusiastic individual. Be sure to check out the park and lake guidelines for boating and camping regulations. 
  • Saylorville Lake: Saylorville Lake is a huge spot to go boating and is a popular destination for lake goers. They have full service of boating, fishing, hiking, biking, etc. There are also a couple of great little grills to stop and get a bite. Located in Polk City, Iowa, this a fun spot to cool off.
  • Union Grove Lake: Just outside of Tama, this lake allows boating, fishing and camping. There is a beach area to get your swim on as well.
  • Sand Lake: This little quarry lake is just to the east of Marshalltown. Stocked with trout, bass, blue gill, and crappie this is a prime fishing location! When the Iowa DNR stocks the pond in the late spring they have a huge fishing day for kids to catch the freshly released trout. Be sure to get your fishing license and trout stamp!

Looking to purchase a lake-front property:

  • Holiday Lake: Located in Brooklyn, Iowa, this lake is a great place to have a summer spot! If interested contact us, your realtor, or Holiday Lake.
  • Lake Ponderosa: Located in Montezuma, Iowa, this lake is a great place to purchase a lake-front property. Great fishing and boating! Call your local realtor, or us, if interested in looking at a property.

Remember to be safe when going on the lake, be sure to wear a life jacket, be aware of your surroundings, and stay hydrated, and slather on sun screen like your life depends on it. Have fun and stay cool this summer!

Where’s your favorite lake spot? Tell us below!