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Parks & Recreation

Positioned in the heart of the Loess hills, Council Bluffs, Iowa, offers a one of a kind park and recreational experience. Bring your bike, ATV, or hiking shoes and enjoy the views! Award winning golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a National Level Multipurpose Recreational Driving Facility await your reservation. Over 25 parks make Council Bluffs green and inviting, the most distinctive being the recently renovated Bayliss Park and Veterans Plaza, a full square block destination all its own in downtown.

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Bayliss Park
100 Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA
In the center of Downtown Council Bluffs, the revival of Bayliss Park showcases turn of the century icons in a contemporary manner. A new fountain, walkways, performance dome, and children's interactive play area, all gracefully invite the public to enjoy the park. Bayliss Park is also home to several Purple Martins. Council Bluffs and Pottawattamie County is the Purple Martin Capitol of Southwest Iowa.
Bent Tree Golf Club
23579 Highway 6
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 566-9441
18 hole, public, par 72
Big Lake
2600N 8th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Broadway Skate Park
1300 W Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA
100 S 21st Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Gould & Morningside
Council Bluffs, IA
Council Bluffs Country Club
4500 Piute Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 366-1639
18 hole, municipal course, 72 par
Council Bluffs Recreation Complex
2900 Richard Downing Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Dodge Riverside Golf Club
2 Harrah's Blvd
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 328-4660
18-hole, municipal course, 72 par
Dream Playground
I-80/I-29 Exit 3 South Shore Lake Manawa
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 366-0220
A playground designed by children, reflecting their vision of an ultimate playground. At Lake Manawa State Park- camping, trails, boating, picnicking. Built in 1993.
Graham & Park Entrance
Council Bluffs, IA
Fox Run Golf Course
3001 MacIneery Drive
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 366-4653
18 hole, public, 71 par
Frank & Gleason
Council Bluffs, IA
Katelman Park
I-80, Exit 3 north
1230 16th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Katelman Water Park
1230 16th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 322-9691
1801 N Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA
100 12/ Fifth Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Kirn Junior High Pool
100 North Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 328-6458
Lake Manawa City
Navajo & Mohawk
Council Bluffs, IA
Lake Manawa State Park
I-80, Exit 3, 2 1/2 miles South
1100 South Shore Drive
Council Bluffs, IA
The park's 1,529 acres encompass a beautiful 660 acre natural lake. Campground provides space for 72; 37 are equipped with electric hookups. Modern shower, restroom facilities, and trailer dump station are available. Open picnic shelters are located around the lake. These may be reserved by ontacting the park manager.

A shelter with fireplace and kitchen facility is a recent addition. A nature trail with a paved surface is offered to walkers and the mobility-impaired. A paved bike trail within the park has been constructed and connects to the Western Historic Trails Cener, Council Bluffs trail system, and the Wabash Trace Nature Trail.

Lake Manawa is a premier boating spot, a favorite spot for anglers of all ages, and great place for swimmers and sunbathers. It is also a great winter playground!
Lewis & Clark
19962 Monument Road
Council Bluffs, IA
Historical site
Lewis Central Intermediate School
2000 Highway 275
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 366-8273
Lightning Bowl
105 North 12th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 322-4494
Lincoln Highway
Hwy 183 & Hwy 6 (Broadway)
Council Bluffs, IA
America’s first coast-to-coast highway in early 1900s passes through Council Bluffs. Cut time on a trip that had taken up to 90 days prior to 1913 down to six days in 1915.
Loess Hills Scenic Byway
All along the western edge of Iowa and into Missouri
Phone: 712-482-3029
Rated among the best in the nation. The 220 miles of paved highway in seven counties along the Missouri River valley offers views of the steep, sharply-ridged hills, which support a number of rare plants and animals only found in the Loess Hills. Automobile tours offer ridge-top views, woodlands, prairies and landmarks. The Byway is clearly marked - just follow the special blue and white signs along the trail.
Loess Hills Visitors Center
119 Oak Street
Moorehead, IA
Phone: (800) 886-5441
The Loess Hills Hospitality Association provides visitors with maps and information about unique viewing points. Gift shop features arts and crafts by local artisans.
3600 Scott Drive
Council Bluffs, IA
Narrows River Park
25th Street
I-29, Exit 55
Council Bluffs, IA
2500 S 8th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Pirate Cove Park
915 North 21st Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 322-9559
Pirate Cove Water Park
915 N 21st Street
Council Bluffs, IA
1000 Harrison
Council Bluffs, IA
Regal Lanes
15 State Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 323-9900
1000 N 25th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Stan Bahnsen
1720 Avenue L
Council Bluffs, IA
1031 N 8th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
1000 16th Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
1900 Madison Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 328-2374
Twin City
3300 Renner
Council Bluffs, IA
Valley View
1300 Franklin Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA
Westwood Golf Course
421 harrah's Blvd
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 328-4660
9-hole, municipal course, 27 par
7 South 4th Street
Council Bluffs, IA
Phone: (712) 322-6606