Take advantage of the cold weather this winter and head on down to the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area to skate, slide, and take a new route atop Sand Lake. With a thick layer of ice coating the majority of the lake, and DNR-stocked trout swimming below, whether you are an angler looking to drill a hole, or a winter enthusiast looking to don a pair of skates, you can find some fun this winter while touring the frozen Sand Lake.



If you’re in the mood for fishing, Sand Lake provides the perfect spot to pop a squat, dig a hole, and patiently wait out the cold weather. For those anglers who are looking to upgrade their bucket and rod combination, ice shelters and portable heaters are available for sale at Fin & Feather. The only other thing you need to ice fish at Sand Lake, besides a thermos of coffee, is your applicable Iowa fishing license (and Trout Stamp if you plan on catching any).

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For those winter athletes out there looking to add a new motion to their fitness routine, ice skates are available for rent through Fin & Feather’s H20 Center that’s operated out of the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, and includes a warming room and hot beverages for sale. If you have your own skates, or if you rent, either way, ice skating will prove to be a fun way to spend a winter day. Check out the H2O Center’s Facebook Page for updates on rental times and rates.  

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Photo by Connor Barber

The Terry Trueblood Recreation Area was acquired by Iowa City in 2006 and provides 152 acres and a bike path that circumnavigates the entire lake. Serving as a year-round facility ranging from boats in the summer to ice fishing in the winter, the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area also includes the Park Lodge facility available for rent through the Iowa City Parks and Recreation department. The Park Lodge boasts 5,870 square feet where patrons can utilize the full kitchen, stoke the fire, or gaze out onto the water from the extended patio space.

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