Where is the closest place to Algona, Iowa, to rent snowshoes and explore snowshoeing?Where is the closest place to Algona, Iowa, to rent snowshoes and explore snowshoeing? - Jessica, Lincoln, Neb.
Ambrose A. Call State Park would be a great place to snowshoe; it's just southwest of Algona, in the Des Moines River valley. The park is heavily wooded and has two miles of trails that wind through the forest, down a ravine and along a picturesque winding creek.
Finding snowshoes to rent is a little harder; the closest place is Wayne's Ski & Cycle in Mason City. They're $5 a day, but they only have a few pairs, so reserve in advance at 641-423-2851. Lime Creek Nature Center, just north of Mason City, has snowshoe trails.
If you rent snowshoes in Mason City, you also could take them over to the pretty lakeside town of Clear Lake. McIntosh Woods State Park, on the west side of the lake, has trails. For more, see Clear Lake tranquility.