Where do we like to go camping
Troop 73 gets outdoors. We Camp. Period.
We make use of the treasures the great state of Iowa has to offer and often travel to neighboring states to experience different things. Some of our favorite camping spots are:
Camp Mitigwa – Located near Madrid, IA. This beautiful camp is nestled among the hardwood timber along the hills and valleys that make up the Des Moines River. It boasts around 450 acres of pure scouting bliss. We make use of Camp Mitigwa’s campsites and numerous cabins throughout the year.
Backbone State Park – This park is a gem nestled in the northeast part of our great state. It offers incredible hiking opportunities and even rock climbing on the natural cliff faces found in the park. The hike along “The Backbone” is sure to challenge all hikers! This destination is hard to beat when the leaves are changing in the fall.
Upper Iowa River – Recognized as one of the best white water canoeing rivers in the US, this river boasts some of the most scenic waterways around. It’s hard to believe the scenery you will encounter along the way. The river offers activities like canoeing, kayaking, tubing, and fishing. There is also limited hiking opportunities along the way as well.
Maquoketa Caves State Park–If you’re into exploring, this place is for you! The caves are the natural resting place for bats thus they close the caves to exploration from October to April as the bats hibernate. Aside from the caves, there is a lot of timber ready for you to explore through it’s miles of hiking trails.
Springbrook State Park – Springbrook is located just north of the town of Panora. It is a wildlife refuge and boasts one of the largest deer herds in Iowa. It offers fishing in it’s lake or you may choose to try your hand at canoeing and kayaking. Maybe you’ll fish from your canoe or kayak! It offers miles of hiking trails and a large youth camping area.
Little Sioux Scout Ranch – Boasting nearly 1800 acres and miles of hiking trails, this is truly an asset to the Boy Scouts of America! It is nestled in the Loess Hills about 20 minutes north of Council Bluffs. It offers tent camping areas or cabins to rent.