If you haven’t been to the Volga River State Recreation Area in Fayette, you owe it to yourself to go out and discover this slightly hidden gem. I took my first trip there the other day on a beautiful, sunny summer day where rays of light danced off the ripples in the water’s surface. I saw individuals enjoying an array of activities, from fishing off the many docks to getting their boat ready for some time on the water to just sitting and enjoying a gathering with family and friends. Though swimming is prohibited, there are certainly other ways to enjoy the water. It would be a great place to drop in that kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board. The benches, picnic tables, and paved, partial trail around the 138-acre, human-made Frog Hollow Lake, make sitting a spell and enjoying a refreshment a pure delight for the senses. Or cast out a line and see if you can reel in a bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, or channel catfish that flourish in the depths of Frog Hollow.
When you are ready to more fully explore your surroundings, there are numerous trails to enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods. Some are even open to those equine friends. This is truly an equestrian-centered spot with it being home to the Albany Campground that has campsites specifically for those bringing along their four-legged riding companions. If you do not need to accommodate horses, you can make a reservation at the Lakeview Campground to enjoy a different view of this beautiful, pristine area. It offers some modern amenities too, like nearby showers and restrooms.
After a day full of fishing, kayaking, and hiking, relax as you watch a wide variety of birds mingle with the stretches of wildflowers that adorn this area. Let the pace of life slow down as you enjoy glimpses of the full moon shining off Volga River. You might even see some fireflies light up the night. If this sounds like a day in a little slice of Northeast Iowa paradise, then make plans to visit this peaceful retreat soon.