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5 Outdoor Winter Activites in the Greater Ottumwa Area
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5 Outdoor Winter Activites in the Greater Ottumwa Area

We have been pretty lucky so far this winter. However, it appears that our luck has now shifted to the north and winter seems to be on full, cold blast. As much as we wish there was a way out, there is no escaping winter in Iowa so let’s start to embrace it! Check out these five opportunities at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area in Wapello County to enjoy some crisp, winter air. Beat those Winter Blues and have a little outdoor fun.

1.) Full Moon Owl Prowl Hike

The moon will be full and the trails will be dressed in their winter best. The evening will be spent prowling the trails, learning how to use owl calls, and hearing more about the owls found in the area. The event will be held on January 22 and is free to the public. Be sure to bring a flashlight!  

2.) Winter Hikes or Snowshoeing

Bundle up and wear your comfortable boots as you hike the trails throughout Pioneer Ridge. If you want to take your trek off the beaten path, bring along your snowshoes to experience the untamed scenes of winter.    

3.) Cross-Country Skiing

Although Pioneer Ridge does not groom their trails specifically for cross-country skiing, guests are more than welcome to bring their own equipment and try some off-track skiing.   

4.) Ice Fishing 

Pioneer Ridge is equipped with four ponds which are stocked and available for ice fishing. Just be sure you have your fishing license and check the ice thickness before you start drilling with your auger.  

5.) Cabin Stays 

Pioneer Ridge possess four cabins that sleep five to six guests. Two modern cabins give guests the opportunities to get in touch with the great outdoors while still enjoying the luxuries of home. The two camping cabins give more adventurous guests the chance to live more rustically for a few days. Spend your days outside enjoying snowy activities and end your nights cozied up in a warm, log cabin. 

Take advantage of these nine-hundred and ninety-five acres located just located six miles south of Ottumwa.

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