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CEDAR LAKE

Outdoor enthusiasts take full advantage of lake life in Nashua. Summer time is filled with fishing, skiing, tubing and wakeboarding, jet skiing, lying on the beach or just enjoying a boat ride up the Cedar River. Cedar Lake also provides opportunities for winter activities such as ice fishing, snowmobiling and ice motocross. The lake covers 470 acres and is approximately 9 feet deep.  The lake is formed by the dam on the Cedar River.  Public boat ramps are available at Cedar View Park and Lakeshore Park.

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Photo Credit: Sara Scobee, Spirit Photography

Photo Credit: Sara Scobee, Spirit Photography

GATEWAY TO NORTHEAST IOWA

WELCOME CENTER

The Gateway to Northeast Iowa Welcome Center is a full service Welcome Center and Rest Stop for travelers along the Avenue of the Saints. The Welcome Center is also home to a craft store of custom collectibles from Iowa vendors, and 2 meeting rooms available for rent. The Welcome Center lobby is open 24/7, while the Craft Store is open 9a-4p. The center provides brochures and information, vending machines, free wi-fi, and a large deck with picnic tables. The Welcome Center is located near the West Entrance to Nashua at 10 Amherst Boulevard.

LITTLE BROWN CHURCH

Known nationwide, the Little Brown Church makes Nashua its home in the Vale. Both a historic landmark and a functional church, the Little Brown Church is a destination for people from all over the country for weddings, baptisms and reunions. The Little Brown Church is located two miles East of Nashua city limits at 2730 Cheyenne Ave.

OLD BRADFORD PIONEER

VILLAGE MUSEUM

The Old Bradford Pioneer Village welcomes visitors to stroll thru the village to learn what life was like in the pioneer days.  Visit a log cabin, one-room school, cottage, general store, Dr. Pitts Office, toy shop, church and even the jail. The Old Bradford Pioneer Village Museum famously hosts the Battle of Old Bradford Civil War reenactment each year, on the weekend following Mother's Day. The Old Bradford Pioneer Village Museum is located two miles East of Nashua city limits at 2729 Cheyenne Ave, next to the Little Brown Church.

Photo Credit: Sara Scobee, Spirit Photography

ISU RESEARCH FARM & BORLAUG

LEARNING CENTER

The Borlaug Learning Center is located on the ISU Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm, one of Iowa’s premier agricultural research locations, representing farmers and agribusinesses in northeast Iowa. The primary mission of the facility is to create a learning environment for educational programs for area farmers, agribusinesses, community groups, and youth organizations. The facility is a collaborative effort supported by Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association. The ISU Research Farm and Borlaug Learning Center is located just outside of the Southwestern city limits at 3327 290th Street.

APPLES ON THE AVENUE

Family destination for fresh apples, pears, pumpkins, and eggs. Apples on the Avenue offers 20 unique apple varieties through pre-picked or you-pick apples. Apples on the Avenue also offers several family fun weekends during the ripening season with horse and wagon rides, yard games, caramel apples, and more. Located 1 mile South of Nashua along Highway 218 at 3035 Addison Boulevard.

TWIN PONDS NATURE CENTER

Twin Ponds is a 157 acre public area of wetlands, prairie, and woodland. The area offers hiking trails, picnic shelters, bird watching, fishing, and primitive camping.  There are three ponds in the Twin Ponds Area, two have fishing access and the third is a wetland area. The Twin Ponds Nature Center has educational displays and a live animal display including reptiles, amphibians, bees and fish.  This area is managed by Chickasaw County Conservation and serves as headquarters for the Chickasaw County Conservation Board and staff. Twin Ponds Nature Center is located 10 miles Northeast of Nashua at 1811 240th Street, Ionia, IA.

CEDAR VIEW PARK CAMPGROUND

The premiere camping destination in Iowa is found along the stunning Cedar Lake. Cedar View Campground offers 43 RV sites and 5 tent sites. Services include water and 30 Amp electricity at all RV sites. A modern restroom with showers and a waste dump site are available on the grounds. Guests enjoy waterfront camp sites, private campground dock, and access to all of the amenities of Cedar View Park.

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RIVER RANCH CAMPGROUND

A recreation destination along the Little Cedar River offering RV and tent camping and cabin lodging. Guests have fishing, paddle boating, canoeing, tubing, hiking, and horse rental available. River Ranch Campground is open May – October. Located 2 miles Northeast of Nashua at 2575 Cheyenne Avenue.

WATER OVER THE DAM DAYS

Nashua’s flagship town celebration held annually on the last weekend in June. Multiple days of family fun with live music, mud run, 5k, Waterhawks ski show, fireworks, food vendors, games and tournaments.

CHICKASAW COUNTY 4-H & FFA FAIR

Held annually in July at the Big 4 Fairgrounds. 4-H empowers young people to reach their potential through a variety of camps, workshops, conferences, and fairs. Young people learn by doing in a positive atmosphere where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take leadership roles. In Chickasaw County, one of the highlights is the County 4-H and FFA Achievement show held each July. At this fair, youth showcase their talents and skills they have learned throughout the year on their projects. The projects exhibited range from any type of non-livestock project to livestock. The Big 4 Fairgrounds are located on Nashua’s East side at 499 Greenwood Avenue.

BIG 4 FAIR

Held annually over Labor Day weekend, the Big 4 Fair is an action packed festival of family fun. There is something for everyone with multiple days of a midway and carnival, tractor pull, Chuckwagon races, tough truck and figure 8 racing, livestock judging, and fireworks.  The Big 4 Fairgrounds are located on Nashua’s East side at 499 Greenwood Avenue.

CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT GIRLHOOD HOME AND MUSEUM

Carrie Chapman Catt was a key coordinator of the woman suffrage movement and skillful political strategist. Carrie Chapman Catt revitalized the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) and played a leading role in its successful campaign to win voting rights for women. In 1920 she founded the League of Women Voters upon ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Admission is free; donations are appreciated to help maintain the home. The Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home and Museum is located 7 miles northwest of Nashua at 2379 Timber Ave, Charles City, IA.

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