Hike the trail system that runs through Council Bluffs by traveling along the Wabash Trace Trail and the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge. A paved nature trail offers easy access for anyone wanting to bike or walk at their own pace. For those feeling a bit more adventurous, eight miles of unpaved trails are perfect for mountain biking. These trails can be accessed near the south side of the park.
Play at Lake Manawa’s Dream Playground constructed in 2018. The re-designed structure is the largest ADA accessible playground in Iowa and offers 18,000 square feet of fun for all ages and abilities.
Boat on Lake Manawa or rent a paddle board, canoe or kayak to the Missouri River. Boat motors of any size are allowed, and boat ramps are located on the north, south and west sides of the lake. Sailing opportunities are offered by the Lake Manawa Sailing Association from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The modern beach facility is perfect for swimming or relaxing in the sun.
M and M Services at Lake Manawa Beach is open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Hours of operation: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 days/week or call 712-366-4802.
Lake Manawa Sailing Association hours of operation: Monday-Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Please call 712-256-3832 for more information.
Fishing is a popular activity for anglers of all ages. Crappie, bluegill, catfish, walleye and bass fish are waiting to be caught throughout the year. Amenities include a fishing jetty, shoreline fishing, accessible pier, boat ramps, and a fish cleaning station.
Reserve one of six open shelters online for a family gathering at Lake Manawa. One of the shelters includes a kitchenette and can be rented from the concessionaire by calling 712-366-4802 during the summer recreation season.