Monday, August 15, 2016

Lake Pahoja Recreation Area CG, Inwood, IA

Date of Stay:  Monday August 8 – Monday August 15, 2016 (7 nights)

Rate:  $108/week or $18/night (plus $20 year or $5 day car pass)

Website:  Lake Pahoja Recreation Area CG
   1831 Buchanan Ave
   Inwood, IA 51240

Description:  Located in north west Iowa about 20 miles from Sioux Falls, SD on a 72 acre lake (no gas motors) in Lyon County.  We stayed on site 10 over looking the 4 mile concrete bike path around the lake.  There are two sections of this cg, one with 30A electric and ours with 50A electric.  A few water spigots in the cg to fill up your fresh tank (one right next to us).  The park roads are paved but the roads in the cg are dirt/gravel as are the site pads and patios.  There are several cabins which are reservable, boat ramp, swim beach, volleyball and basketball courts along with many fishing jettys and pier.  The campsites are first come first serve.  Come in early in the week because the locals pay for a site and place a tent bag or bag chair on the picnic table starting on Wednesday for the weekend.

Trash and Recycle:  No recycle.  Trash dumpster located at the dump station.

Activities:  We enjoyed the very nice bike path around the lake (winding 8 feet wide concrete with small hills).  There are many informational signs along the route with info about plants and animals of the area.  “Pahoja” was the name of the local tribe of Native Peoples.  It means ”dusty noses”.  We really enjoyed hanging out in the shade of our site watching the ground squirrels run all over the place.  We gave them chips and bird seed.  They like junk food better.  One day we rode in to Sioux Falls, SD to check out Falls Park in downtown.  It was really nice but it was a hot day so we didn’t take our bikes.  Our neighbors left on Saturday morning so Maggie and Vel joined us for a couple nights of camping under the trees.  Their friends Michelle and Jen from Sioux Falls joined us during the day.

On site 10  On site 10
On site 10
Bike trail next to us  Patio of site 10
Us from the bike path                                   Our patio view
Ground Squirrel  Ground Squirrel
Ground Squirrel  Ground Squirrel
Greg the thirteen-lined ground squirrel

Wonderful trail  Swim beach
Bike path from our patio                                  Swim beach
Gin on the trail  Gin on the trail  Gin on the trail
Gin enjoying the bike path… glad she has a new motor
Toad  Bull frog
Toad or frog crossing
Fox Squirrel  Fox Squirrel  Bunny
Wildlife along the path… fox squirrel and bunny rabbit
Horses  Cows
Not as wild… horses and cows
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Lots of informational signs along the path
Countryside  Eagle Scout Project
From the highest point on trail  From earthen dam
Beautiful views
Rural school museum  Teacher's home
Rural school and teachers home museum
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3.8 miles around from our front door
Gin and Vel relaxing with the pups  Michelle, Maggie, Vel and Gin watching Olympics on the outside tv
                                 Gin and Vel relaxing             Michelle, Maggie, Vel and Gin watching Olympics

Falls Park  Falls Park from the Observation Tower
Falls Park from the Observation Tower
Love the Falls  Falls Overlook Cafe(Sioux Falls Light and Power Company)
Love the Falls                                   Old power plant is now a cafe
Falls Park  Visitor Center and Observation Tower  Falls Park
Falls Park Visitor Center and Observation Tower
Posing  Playing around
Messing around with a couple of statues

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