Volga River State Recreation Area
The Volga River Recreation Area is located in one of the most scenic parts of the state. Northeast Iowa is often referred to as "Little Switzerland" because of its rugged topography, geologic features and substantial timber cover which are in sharp contrast to the majority of the state's rolling hills, farmland and scattered stands of timber. The heavily wooded, rugged landscape of the Volga River is an exciting setting for a variety of outdoor recreation pursuits.
The area provides excellent habitat for fish and wildlife. The Volga River, which meanders through the 5,7500-acre area, holds smallmouth bass, rock bass, channel catfish and white *******. Its banks harbor nesting wood ducks and shorebirds. Song birds, chickadees, finches, bluebirds, and woodpeckers (including the impressive pileated) are plentiful. Raptors include red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks and great horned owls. Wild turkeys are numerous and ruffed grouse and woodcock are occasionally seen. Red fox, raccoon, skunk, opossum, muskrat, mink and beaver use the area and both fox and gray squirrels are found in the timbered hills. The timber and croplands in northeast Iowa provide excellent habitat for white-tailed deer. Many deer trails in the Volga area confirm the abundance of this popular animal.
Scenic features include the Volga River and the old steel bridges that cross it, striking rock formations, prairie areas and natural woodlands with unusual stands of aspen and Canadian yew. Changes of season provide vivid contrasts in snowy winter, bright wild flowers and foliage in spring, shady woodlands in summer and vivid colors in autumn.
Ice fishing was good! Plenty of ice, caught alot but crappies were same size that they have been for the past 3 years. 5 to 7 "
Awesome place to relax and enjoy nature. Sites are good sized, shower and restrooms are clean. We will be visiting again!
The park is very beautiful with lots of nice trails for horses or hiking (also saw some trails for bikes), beautiful river to kyak or canoe. Equestrian campground is very nice, except do not trust the website when looking for non-reservable campsites. They allow the non-reservable sites to be "reserved" or paid for without the person renting it to put up a tent or pull in a trailer--so when you get there, the sites look like they are available. It would be very helpful if the non-reservable sites were shown as taken and for how long. Best recommendation is to reserve a site. The DNR staff on site are very helpful. It would be great if the equestrian campground was bigger--they would be rented out!
This is a great area to camp with big camping sites. Also has a great lake for fishing Bass, Blugills and Crappie. When your there make sure you take the time to hike the trails. Awesome place.
I used to absolutely love this place, today I have found out what their customer service is like TERRIBLE!! I prepaid for an equestrian campsite, and low and behold bad weather (which no one has control over) But now the horse trails are closed.......So a place I paid for I cannot use, out of 38.00 they will only refund me 12.00 that is not even the cost of 1 night of camping there. I am beyond furious, spoke with their reservation number so called customer service if I would have cancelled through them I would have only received 10.00 back. I am absolutely furious and highly do not recommend pre booking campsites because you have no control over the weather. If you have horses don't expect to be able to ride.