Outdoor Recreation

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17 Nov 2020


As we approach the holiday season and the end of 2020, it’s a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and experiences during the past year. COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives and taught us the things that are truly important. COVID-19 has also helped us appreciate the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities in Webster County. Without the recreational outlets available to us and the collaborative effort between Fort Dodge Parks and Recreation and Webster County Conservation that make them a reality, the pandemic would have been much harder on many of us.

“Webster County and the Fort Dodge area have done an amazing job in investing in “quality of life” amenities that make our area a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. These amenities are important aspects for every community, but in a year like 2020 they are invaluable. Having great places to hike, bike and paddle in our own backyard has provided a much-needed escape during this crazy time,” says Matt Cosgrove, Director of the Webster County Conservation Board.

In the Greater Fort Dodge Area, hikers can choose from more than seventy miles of trails, including twenty-five miles with a hard surface. The area also boasts sixty-five miles of water trails that provide a passage through the city and surrounding area for kayakers and canoeists to enjoy. People from all over the nation visit the Fort Dodge area for access to amazing off-highway vehicle trails like these which also happen to be a part of the largest OHV park in the state of Iowa.



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