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We enjoyed this stop.. Climbed the tower - great view and excellent spot to take pictures... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Garry M
Orillia, Canada
What a fantastic view!

My wife and I went on day trip through the Iowa countryside and stopped at the tower. we got our... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Altoona, Iowa
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1378 Highway G28, Otley, IA 50214-8519
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed this stop.. Climbed the tower - great view and excellent spot to take pictures. Recommend this place.

Thank Garry M
Reviewed 31 July 2018

My wife and I went on day trip through the Iowa countryside and stopped at the tower. we got our exercise climbing to the top, but it was certainly worth the walk up to catch the view of the entire valley, the lake, the trees.

Thank PT1102
Reviewed 5 September 2017

It's quite a hike up the tower, but it's certainly worth the view to get up there. Located next to the lake, you can actually see Des Moines long away in the distance. Especially beautiful at sunset, though mind the sign that says what time...More

Thank Randy K
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

I would definitely recommend going here in the fall to see all the changing leaves in the fall gorgeous views of the lake and trees surrounding. Remember quarters for the kiosk tho

Thank Amber P
Reviewed 21 July 2017

It's a big climb to the top, but worth the cost and the time. We got some great pictures, and the breeze made a hot summer's day much more tolerable. Make sure to bring quarters! It's 50 cents per person to get through the turnstile...More

1  Thank ConnerT4
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We usually stop here in our way home from Des Moines. Makes a good spot for kids to get out and stretch. There is a path on the opposite side of the road taht lead down to the lake. It's worth the short walk to...More

Thank cwhennen
Reviewed 21 March 2017

While visiting Pella, Ia we thought we would venture over to this Park and check out this observation tower. I'm happy that we did! The price was right!, the views were excellent! An easy climb. But, as mentioned in earlier posts bring quarters (no change...More

Thank AZboyinWI
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Don't take a detour to go but if you are there anyhow you might as well go up and enjoy the view. It isn't really spectacular but not bad. So if you want to do some steps, you might as well do it here.

Thank Ignace D
Reviewed 6 July 2016

My wife and I was at this tower two weeks ago, the cost is 50 cents, bring quarters, I am almost 70 and 50 Lbs. over weight I went up the tower, great view of Red Rock Lake and a lot of the area around...More

Thank someonetwoDesMoines
Reviewed 4 June 2016

The Cordova Park Observation Tower is located inside of Cordova Park on the northern banks of Lake Red Rock. It is also located about 9 miles west of the City of Pella, Iowa on Hwy G28. The observation tower is an old water tower that...More

1  Thank rockyjoe
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