Iowa has a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities available across the state. On any given evening, you can hear the youth playing at the ballpark; see the hikers, bikers, and runners on our trails; smell the burgers cooking in the campgrounds; and hear the splash and excitement of a big fish landed. These activities and many others year round, are available to Iowans because federal, state, county, and city agencies are committed to natural resources protection as well as creating enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities.
The purpose of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) titled "Outdoor Recreation in Iowa" is to assess the supply of, and demand for, outdoor recreational opportunities while identifying a list of priority areas for outdoor recreation. From 2018-2023, the Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with other governments and partner organizations, will be dedicated to working in these priority areas and improving outdoor recreation for Iowans.
2013 - 2018, 5 Year Outdoor Recreation in Iowa Plan:
Introduction, Outdoor Recreation Planning, State of Iowa Profile and Priorities for Outdoor Recreation
2013, Appendix A
Iowa 2012 Survey for the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
2006 Outdoor Recreation in Iowa Plan