Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Lake Manawa State Recreation Area

Current Conditions: DRY (all sections)

Lake Manawa S.R.A. is one of our newest riding spots in the Area. Developed by local IMBA club, Trails Have Our Respect (T.H.O.R.), it is both beginner friendly yet challenging for even the most skilled riders. Soil conditions are generally sandy but a few of the loops tend to hold water a bit longer than others. The trail is approximately 5.5 miles long with multiple loops.

How to get there: From I-80 take the Lake Manawa exit #2 (S. 24th St.) in Council Bluffs. Take a right from the exit. Go South on 24th St. to Hwy. 92 (2nd
light). Follow HWY 92 east to the park entrance and turn right (11th St.).
Take a right turn and Follow the road aroung the west side of the lake for about two miles. Turn right at the river boat ramp sign and follow that road to the boat ramp parking lot.

Trails are marked throughout with directional signs. Green=Beginner, Blue=Intermediate, Black=Expert.

Trails vary from wide open prairie double track to tight twisty singletrack.

The Lake Manawa trails offer great views of the Missouri river

The Trail system includes many TTF's (technical trail features) to chanllenge even the most experienced riders. Just remember "If in doubt, stay out!"

The most recent addition to the trail system are the new low logs which are great for beginners who want to improve their technical skills.

The landmark TTF gives riders two options depending skill level

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