Beat the summer heat at one of western Iowa's public swimming beaches! There are a variety of locations on western Iowa's three scenic byways: Glacial Trail Scenic Byway, Loess Hills National Scenic Byway, and Western Skies Scenic Byway. Most of the beaches do not have lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources maintains a beach monitoring website, AQuIA, that provides the public with information about water quality at public beaches throughout the state. The site lists not only swimming beaches at state parks but also county and city parks.
Routine water quality monitoring is conducted at all of the state park beaches and many locally managed beaches in Iowa. In order to help protect the health of those wishing to recreate at the beaches, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources works with various public health and management agencies throughout the state to inform the public of the most current water quality conditions.
Outdoor recreation at beaches in Iowa is typically limited to the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Therefore, most beach monitoring is conducted and standard swimming advisories are issued during this time frame. Results for specific beaches are published as soon as they become available.
Sanborn, IA 51248
3430 145th Ave, Everly, IA 51338
Little Sioux Park
1746 O'Brien Ave, Correctionville, IA 51016
Bigelow Park - Brown's Lake
722 Bigelow Park Rd, Salix, IA 51052
Lewis and Clark State Park
21914 Park Loop, Onawa, IA 51040
Oldham Recreation Area
38852 245th Street, Soldier, Iowa 51572
10740 Oak Ave, Rodney, Iowa
Lake Manawa State Park
1100 S Shore Dr, Council Bluffs, IA 51501