North Iowa is known for its wealth of outdoor activities. Residents hunt, fish, bike, hike, run and swim every day in our region no matter the weather. Clubs and groups of like-minded and similarly skilled enthusiasts have long been a part of social life in the region.
The state recently announced Destination Iowa grants to boost tourism and build local economies.
Opportunities to get involved in the outdoors are more plentiful than ever. Mason City received a $4.5 million Destination Iowa grant, and plans in the works for years are finally being realized. The money is being used to fund Bike North Iowa, a collaborative effort between the city, Cerro Gordo County, North Iowa Human Powered Trails and Mason City Active Living and Transportation.