Recreational Opportunities Abound!

The links provided here are just a few of the many Mahaska Community recreational opportunities available to residents and visitors. We believe recreation is vital to sustain the quality of life within a community.

Bluff Creek OHV Park • Campsite & Recreation Reservations • George Daily Auditorium
Keomah State Park • Mahaska County YMCA •  MCRF Nelson Pioneer Farm
Oskaloosa Little League •  Mahaska County Soccer • Mahaska County Conservation
Oskaloosa Skate Park • Trail Tram Tours • Youth Activities List (PDF Opens in new window)
Iowa's Healthy & Happy Outdoors •  Things to do in Iowa • Mobile App to Iowa's Recreation Guide Pocket Ranger

Please contact the Team Mahaska Web Site Coordinator if you would like to suggest additional recreation links for this page.

Recreation at its best!

It’s would be nearly impossible to provide an all-inclusive list of the recreational opportunities in the Mahaska Community. We do, however, boast access to sports facilities, natural resources, music, theater groups, and events through civic organizations catering to the entire family … that’s just the beginning.

  • Hunting enthusiasts from all over the United States visit Mahaska County to hunt pheasants, quail, turkey, and deer in the area’s wooded, rolling hills. For more information about hunting in Iowa, contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
  • Parks & Lakes - Lake Keomah State Park is an 83-acre lake and park providing boating, camping, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Edmundson Park in Oskaloosa provides a serene setting for play, reading, lunches, picnicking, a pond for fishing, a disc golf course, and a magnificent wooden playground. There are numerous public parks scattered throughout the Mahaska Community. Lake Redrock is 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land and just 34 miles northwest of Oskaloosa.
  • Golfers have several course choices when considering a round of golf: Edmundson, Harvest Point, Oskaloosa Golf, or Prairie Knolls. There’s also a mini-putt course and a driving range.
  • The George Daily Community Auditorium, an exquisite facility which opened in 1997, has state- of the art sound and lighting systems with a seating capacity of 700. Scheduling not only includes local entertainment (Oskaloosa Community Theater, Community Chorus, Oskaloosa Symphony, high school and college choirs) but is also proud to have held such concerts as the “Nutcracker Ballet,” performances by Bobby Vee, Simon Estes, Comedy Central … each season is a delight!
  • Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF): The Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation plans, develops and facilitates many recreational entities in the Mahaska community. The Lacey Recreation Complex, a key component of MCRF supports over 15 youth programs and brings in over 10 tournaments each summer season. Other MCRF entities include: the Oskaloosa Urban Park which offers a full-sized basketball court, a welcoming seated area under a gazebo, and a state-of-the-art skate park and a community recreation trail with new additions including underpasses now complete at all major street crossings in Oskaloosa. In addition to these MCRF consults and assists with surrounding community recreation projects including the recent Little League project in Fremont and playground project in Bussey. MCRF continues to stand by its mission as a strong advocate for recreation, insuring its growth and opportunities for all youth in the community. Call 641.672.2499 for more information.
  • MCCB (Mahaska County Conservation Board) had hundreds of programs for children and adults of all ages along with conservation parks which include fishing and boating, hiking and the ability to enjoy nature at its finest. Visit their web site and learn about cabins for rent and Cauldwell Park updates.
  • The Mahaska Community has even more! A recreation trail, swimming pools, tennis courts, Y Community Center, Off Road Vehicle trails, an historic Carnegie Public Library and libraries at William Penn University, a senior center, roller skating, and even a Lighted Christmas Parade which has been held through snow and ice – awarded Main Street Iowa’s “Number #1 Holiday Event” in the entire state.
  • Downtown Oskaloosa is on the National Historic Register and its buildings share incredible stories. A Historic Walking Tour booklet was created some years back and though some of the current information may not be quite accurate, the history is a fascinating read.

Campsite Reservations

Iowa Campsite Reservations: Campers are now able to go on-line and reserve state park campsites across Iowa. Visit to choose a site and view park attractions.

Federal Recreation Sites: Plan trips to federal recreation sites from monuments and historic attractions to forests, parks and scenic byways. Visit to make reservations and payments online for tours, camp sites, and other accommodations. includes information on Federal government managed and Federal government affiliated (subordinate, subsidiary or member) sites. It does not list hotels, restaurants or tourist attractions managed by private companies or other organizations. Their content focuses on nature-based, historic and cultural activities commonly available on federally managed lands.

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