Camping, hunting, fishing, golf, Adair County has many outdoor recreation opportunities available.
Adair County is fertile territory for many types of hunting, particularly pheasant and whitetail deer. Our lakes are well stocked with several species of fish. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides regulation and license information.
Mormon Trail Lake & Park – This 35-acre lake in a 170-acre park sits one and one-half miles east of Bridgewater, and offers fishing, camping with electricity, shelter houses, playground, and a swimming beach. A National Park Service historical marker commemorates the Mormon migration through southern Iowa.
Rex Sullivan Wildlife Area – There are 160 acres of native wildlife habitat in this park, available for exploring and public hunting.
Lake Orient – A 24-acre lake with a boat ramp and 86-acre park one mile west of Orient on Highway 25 offers camping, fishing, Frisbee golf, horseshoe court, playground, volleyball, picnic facilities and a shelter house. Water and electric service is available April-October.
Meadow Lake – This 38-acre park 13 miles northeast of Greenfield not only offers great fishing, but serves as trailhead to the Middle River Water Trail that rolls across two counties through woods, cropland and limestone bluffs. Primitive tent camping is available in some of the most pristine timber in Western Iowa.
Jensen-Butler Wildlife Area – This 60 acre parcel is a mix of both prairie and woodland draws. A small pond along the east side of the property contains a fishable population of largemouth bass and bluegills. Mowed trails throughout the property provide accessible routes for wildlife viewing.
Take to the water on the Middle River Water Trail
Lake Greenfield – Nodaway Lake – Ken Sidey Nature Area – A multi-park complex sits to the southwest of Greenfield. Lake Greenfield and Nodaway Lake offer fishing, camping, picnic facilities, sand volleyball, disc golf and trails, including 2 miles of easy paved walking trail around Lake Greenfield.
The Ken Sidey Nature Area was a lifetime favorite site of Adair County Free Press Editor and Publisher Ken Sidey, and a frequent topic of his noted newspaper column “Nature Notes.” Sidey began writing his column in the 1930s, and little has changed in the 107 natural woodland acres with three rustic hiking trails.
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Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center – For a unique experience, walk the mowed grass trails through restored prairie and outdoor art.
Greenfield Golf & Country Club – Established in 1935, this par 35, 9-hole course on the west edge of Greenfield is peaceful and picturesque. The clubhouse bar offers refreshments.
5×80 Golf & Country Club – Experts and novices of all ages will enjoy the beautiful landscape and convenient location of this course just south of Interstate 80. The course is a 9-hole, par 36. The clubhouse features a full service restaurant.
All of Adair County’s towns have city parks with picnic sites and playground equipment.