Located at the juncture of the Des Moines River and Lizard Creek, Fort Dodge is a scenic, historic city with activities to please the whole family. Fort Dodge was an active military fort until 1853, but now is a farming community for corn, soybeans, grains, and livestock. You can enjoy locally grown produce, meat, and more at family-owned restaurants.
Take in some of the beautiful countryside views by visiting the Community Orchard for apple and pumpkin picking, or Soldier Creek Winery, a family-owned vineyard, and farm. Brushy Creek State Recreational Area hosts some more adventurous outdoor activities, including:
You can also paddle the water trails of Lizard Creek and the Des Moines River for beautiful views and a great workout.
Willow Ridge Golf Course, Lakeside Municipal Golf Course, and Fort Dodge Country Club are just three of the six golf courses in Fort Dodge, which is also the home of Gypsum City OHV Park – the largest OHV Park in Iowa. Want something for the whole family? Fort Frenzy is an indoor/outdoor entertainment center with arcades, bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, and more.
To get your fill of history, Fort Dodge has many historical homes, or you can visit the Blanden Art Museum or the Fort Museum and Frontier Village which showcases the pre-Civil War era. Every year Fort Dodge hosts the Badger Lake Dragon Boat Bash in August, a weekend family beach party. Or come in May for their Frontier Days that feature a parade, entertainment, and events..