Parks & Recreation

Picnics and baseball, horseshoes and fountains- with over 25 parks in Council Bluffs, there's a fishing spot, a favorite athletic field, a convenient gathering spot for whatever's on your list.

Bayliss Park & Veterans Plaza

1st Avenue & Pearl Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-4650
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This downtown green space is a hub for family activity. The park includes a fountain, performance space, veterans memorials, an interactive water feature with child-activated sprays, and other child-friendly, touchable art. The Veterans Plaza, dedicated on July 4, 2003, was sculpted by famed artist John Lajba. The wall lists those who died or are missing in action from the Civil War through Desert Freedom.

Bent Tree Golf Club

23579 Highway 6
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 566-9441
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Semi-private course with 18 holes; 7,022 yards; par 72.

Big Lake Park

2600 N. 8th St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-4650
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The 163-acre park is best known for its recently restored lake which is regularly restocked to encourage fishing. It also has a playground, picnic shelter, restrooms, trail, among other facilities.

Broadway Skate Park

1300 W. Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
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Council Bluffs Country Club

4500 Piute Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 366-1639
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Semi-private/equity course with 18 holes; 6,234 yards; par 71.

Council Bluffs Recreation Complex

2900 Richard Downing Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-4650
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Baseball: 4 softball, 4 baseball, 2 fast-pitch Diamonds Soccer: 8 regulation soccer fields

Council Bluffs Recreation Trails

Council Bluffs, IA
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Council Bluffs is home to a 39-mile continuous system of trails. The paved system is made up of 10-foot-wide poured concrete and asphalt trails, with bike lanes used to link certain points of the trail together. Key trails include the Iowa Riverfront Trail and Lake Manawa Recreation Trail. Metro Area Trail Map

Dodge Riverside Golf Club

2 Harrah's Boulevard
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-4660
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Public course with 18 holes; 5,400 yards; par 72.

Fairmount Park

1200 Fairmount Park Rd. w/ entrances off Graham & Park Streets
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-4650
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The historic park features a playground, plaza, trail, and brand-new splash pad. It has long been known for a scenic overlook of the westside of Council Bluffs and Omaha skyline. Handicapped accessible.

Fox Run Golf Course and Clubhouse

3001 Macineery Drive
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 366-4653
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Semi-private course with 18 holes; 6,200+ yards.

Iowa Riverfront Trail

Iowa Riverfront Trail
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-4650
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The Riverfront Trail connects Big Lake Park, Narrows River Park, Roberts Park, Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park, Dodge Riverside Golf Club and Western Historic Trails Center.

Iowa School for the Deaf Nature Center Trail

3501 Harry Langdon Boulevard
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 366-3213
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Lake Manawa Recreation Trail

Lake Manawa State Park, 1100 S. Shore Dr., I-80 Exit 3
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 366-0220
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This paved trail connects to the area's trail system, including the Wabash Trace Trail and the Indian Creek Trail.

Lake Manawa State Park

1100 S. Shore Drive
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 366-0220
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Lake Manawa State Park contains 1,529 acres including a beautiful 700+ acre lake. Activities include swimming, boating, and fishing; trails; camping for up to 72 units; and picnicking/shelters.

Lied Multipurpose Complex

3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 366-3252
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Opened in 2002, the recreation center boasts meeting rooms, a gymnasium, and two racquetball courts. Public weekday hours are listed on the website.

Narrows River Park

2500 N. 25th St., I-29 Exit 55
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-1342
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The 36-acre county park is located adjacent tot he Missouri River with a boat ramp, hiking trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, and playground. Archery and fishing are among park activities. Handicapped accessible, User fee

River City Baseball and Softball Association

19148 E. S. Omaha Bridge Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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The RCBSA complex consists of two ball fields which can support 10U-14U baseball games, and one which can support 9U-12U baseball and girls softball. Fields are irrigated and feature lighting.

River Valley OHV Park

4300 Veterans Memorial Highway
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-5612
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Shady Lane Ranch, Inc.

17744 Shady Lane
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-1932
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The Center

714 S Main St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 323-5995
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Mon-Thur: 5 AM to 9 PM Fri: 5 AM to 8 PM Sat: 7 AM to 5 PM Sun: 1 PM to 5 PM (Closed Holidays) The Center offers fitness, educational, and entertainment programming and facilities. It serves meals and even has space available for rent. Handicapped accessible, fee

Thunderbowl

1900 Madison Ave
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 328-2374
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Tom Hanafan River's Edge Park

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-4650
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River's Edge Park is the City of Council Bluff's premeire community park that hosts concerts, movies, sporting events, annual community and family events.

Treasure Cove Disc Golf Course

2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 325-3324
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18 hole Mach V; 6,318 feet.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Council Bluffs, IA
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The Wabash Trace Nature Trail spans 63 miles through Southwest Iowa, as part of a converted railroad right-of-way that runs from Council Bluffs on the north to Blanchard on the Iowa/Missouri Border. The year-round trail includes a fee of $1.00 per day or $12.00 per year, available through many local vendors and online.

Western Historic Trails Center

3434 Richard Downing Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 366-4900
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This center contains 200+ sculptures by Timothy Woodman to interpret Louis & Clark, Mormon Pioneer, California, and Oregon trails. Hiking and biking trails wind through 400 ares of prairie along the Missouri River.

YMCA

7 S. 4th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 322-6606
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Nearby Communities in Pottawattamie County

Avoca CountryView Golf and Grille

1701 N. Willow Street
Avoca, IA 51521
(712) 343-2765
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Public course with 9 holes; par 36.

Farm Creek Public Wildlife Area

1 Mile South of Hwy. 92 on 460th St., east of Carson
Carson, IA 51525
(712) 328-5638
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320-acre wildlife area with public hunting and fishing. No facilities.

Hitchcock Nature Center

27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542
(712) 545-3283
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Five miles north of Crescent, off the Old Lincoln Highway, the Hitchcock Nature Center consists of 1,268 acres within the Loess Hills. Park admission is $2.00 per vehicle per day, or a $10.00 annual permit is available.

Indian Creek Stables

23136 Mudhollow Road
Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 545-3534
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JM4 Ranch Harness & Tack

Crescent, IA 51526
(712) 328-7593
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Stall your horse, plus a bed and breakfast for the horse's companion. Professional farrier supplies, full leather and custom shop.

Mid-America Motorplex

19340 Jesup Avenue
Pacific Junction, IA 51561
(402) 306-5015
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Mt. Crescent Ski

17026 Snowhill Lane
Honey Creek, IA 51542
(712) 545-3850
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Quail Run Country Club

29512 285th Street
Neola, IA 51559
(712) 485-2266
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Semi-private course with 9 holes; 3,277 yards; par 36.

Shoreline Golf Course

210 Locust Street
Carter Lake, IA 51510
(712) 347-5173
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Public course with 18 holes; 6,731 yards; par 72.

Treynor Recreation Area

208 Buck Street
Treynor, IA 51575
(712) 487-3302
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Semi-private course with 9 holes; 2,966 yards; par 36.

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