Tourism and Activities

Love to Golf? Mapleton offers one of the most highly regarded nine hole golf courses in western Iowa.

Hiking, Walking, Nature Lover You have come to the right place! County parks dot the landscape. These well maintained public parks offer camping, with both powered trailer sites and tent camping areas. They have marked nature trails, so that families can enjoy walks through the rolling loess hills. Native wildlife is abundant offering plenty of opportunities for viewing birds and animals in their natural surroundings.

A few areas of interest:

  • 5 miles Schoenjahn Wildlife Preserve
  • 5 miles Gray's Landing Wildlife Area 
  • 15 miles Loess Hills Wildlife Area 
  • 30 miles Loess Hills State Forest 
  • 23 miles Preparation Canyon State Park
  • 14 miles Davis Wetland
  • 24 miles Blue Lake Wildlife Area
  • 6 miles Whiting Woods Recreation Area

The annual Fourth of July Celebration features a parade, a community meal and fireworks. Members of the local community look forward to this annual event. Visitors are encouraged and welcome to participate.

Fishing, Camping Picturesque farm ponds full of bass, crappie and bluegills exist on most properties. Pan fishing is a very popular way for parents to involve their children in the outdoor world. Trophy sized bass can be had by the skillful angler working the farm ponds. Responsible fishermen have no trouble obtaining permission to try their skill on these lovely ponds. 

A few of the area fishing spots:

Boating, Water Skiing, Swimming Mapleton offers a recently renovated modern swimming pool and area parks, rivers and lakes offer opportunities to swim, boat or ski as well. 

A few of the Boating & Water Skiing Spots:

  • 30 miles Missouri river
  • 24 miles Blue Lake 
  • 14 miles Oldham Recreation Area
  • 26 miles Lewis and Clark State Park

Conservation and hunting groups co operate to provide some of  the best pheasant, waterfowl, turkey and deer hunting to be found anywhere. Groups such as Pheasants Forever are very active in the Loess Hills and their efforts have paid off. Ducks Unlimited chapters in the area have provided waterfowl habitat so that the central flyway migratory ducks and geese find occasion to stop in on their migrations. 

A few public hunting areas are listed below:

Loess Hills
The beautiful Loess Hills are a year round attraction. This unique land formation offers sheer bluffs overlooking lush valleys. State Parks and Sate Forests in the Loess hills provide camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and sight seeing. The 220 mile scenic by-way provides picturesque views of exquisite wildflowers, prairie grasses, and upland timber that are home to populations of white tail deer, quail, squirrel, pheasant and turkey.

Gambling & Entertainment

  • 21 miles Casino Omaha 
  • 28 miles Winn-A-Vegas Casino 


  • 46 miles Sioux City Musketeers Hockey
  • 46 miles Sioux City Explorers Minor League Baseball
  • 84 miles Omaha Royals - Minor League Baseball
  • 158 miles Iowa Cubs - Minor League Baseball
  • 46 miles Sioux City Bandits - United Indoor Football League
  • 84 miles Omaha Beef - United Indoor Football League

Cross country skiing, snowmobile trails and a nearby downhill run entice enthusiast from the local area. Dedicated downhill skiers will also find frequent flights to the western ski areas.

Many of the parks and trails used for walking and hiking in milder climates are ideal for cross country skiing during the winter months. Cross Country skiing is available in most city, county and state parks. A nearby downhill run entices enthusiast from the local area.

Mapleton offers a vibrant, active shopping area which highlights merchants in almost every area. Shop for furniture, hardware, clothing and groceries as well as professional services. Enjoy dining at one of Mapleton's fine restaurants as you plan your next days activities.