1. Upper Iowa River, Decorah
There are several Department of Natural Resources access points along the river where you can go and swim. There is water access at the Upper Dam, Lower Dam, and Iverson Bottoms Access is 7 miles N of Waukon on Hwy 76, 6 miles NW on Iverson Bottoms Rd.
2. Racoon River along the trail, Redfield
The Racoon River offers water access from hidden river sandbars off the beaten path. To get there, take I-80 to Exit 100 to Redfield. Parking is just off the highway by the old train depot on south side of town. If you head west on the trail a couple of miles, there are trails down to the sandbars. If you want more privacy, go to the bend in the river.
3. Wabash Trace Rail Trail, North of Coin
Either south of Shenandoah or North of Coin, you can find trails in that lead to stream access. The bank is steep, but if you climb down and head east, you’ll find private sandbars.
4. Sandy Beach, Coralville Lake
You can find the Sandy Beach Public Use Area at 3369 Sandy Beach Rd NE.
5. Rathbun Lake, Honey Creek State Park
Rathbun Lake at Honey Creek Resort is the second largest lake in Iowa. You can find it at 12194 Honey Creek Pl, Moravia, IA.
6. Sugar Bottom Recreational Area, Solon
You can find this beach in the recreational area at 2192 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE.
7. Clear Lake
City Beach Park is a lovely beach in a scenic setting. You can find it at 1420 2nd Ave S, Clear Lake, IA.
8. Kent Park, Oxford
Kent Park is a manmade lake with a nice little beach and a walking trail around the water. The address is 2048 Hwy 6 NW, Oxford, IA.
9. Spirit Lake
Spirit Lake is part of the Iowa Great Lakes and is the largest of the lakes. It offers beautiful beaches for swimming and other recreational activities.
10. Lake Okoboji
Lake Okoboji is also part of the Iowa Great Lakes. There are many beaches and other fun summertime activities to choose from.