Black Hawk State Park - Beautiful 957-acre Black Hawk Lake is the pride of the state. This gorgeous stretch of water is the southern-most glacial lake in the United States, and its clear waters are perfect for fishing, boating, swimming, and all kinds of water sports. Every year, the lake hosts about 320,000 visitors who come to watch for bald eagles and swans or set their fishing poles for walleye, crappies, bullheads, catfish, bass, and bluegill. With four boat ramps available, the lake is perfect for power boats, deck boats, pontoons, fishing boats, wave runners, sail boats, catamarans, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats.
Sauk Rail Trail - Explore thirty-three miles of open space when you head to the Sauk Rail Trail, a joint effort of the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards. This remarkable paved trail runs between Black Hawk Lake and Swan Lake in Carroll, and is perfect for biking, in-line skating, walking, or jogging. It's also a great place to go bird watching and to look for wildlife, or to view Iowa's stunning wild and prairie flowers in full bloom. The trail winds through meadows, prairies, and wetlands, passing towns like Lake View, Carnarvon, Breda, Maple River Junction, and Carroll.