VENTURA, Iowa (KTTC-TV) -- Come with us to explore a Sportsman's Paradise! Ventura, Iowa is situated around the west side of Clear Lake -- in fact, that's probably its best asset, its 14 miles of shoreline.
The little lake, as it's called, was recently dredged and now, with depths of up to 40 feet, anglers come from around the Midwest for walleye, northern pike, muskie, crappie, and the highly sought-after yellow bass.
Hunting is great here too, as the second largest natural lake in the state of Iowa attracts all kinds of birds during the fall and winter.
If you hunt deer, pheasant and turkey or prefer to trap muskrat and mink, you won't be disappointed either.
If you're looking for something more recrational, boating fun is a premium here, and you don't have to own one.
Clear Lake Boats will rent one to you – from speedboat, to pontoon, to personal watercraft, they've got them all!
And just when you thought you've heard of every type of water sport available on Clear Lake…have you ever heard of kite boarding?
It involves a big kite, a board, some safety gear... and lots of courage.
Next stop - McIntosh Woods State Park's 60 acres of natural refuge - the perfect place to pitch a tent, park a trailer or rent one of its two yurts.
With a sandy beach and one of 4 boat launches in Ventura, you can access Clear Lake however you'd like.
When dining in Ventura, you have to try the fish. For that, we stopped in at Rich's Muskie Lounge right on the lake.
The lake holds special memories for Alvin and Elaine Olson from Northwood who were here celebrating their 64th Anniversary. They learned to ski on Clear Lake and even taught their children to ski too!
There's so much more to this little town, so we asked some locals...who would be the best person to talk to? The same name kept coming up: Mayor Bob Wolfram.
If the name sounds familiar, that's because Mayor Bob is my Dad.
He and my mom were the mayor and first lady of Ventura - population 717 - for 24 years!
He and his family moved to Ventura when he was two years old and is the longest living resident here.
Part of Ventura's growth during that time was the building of the new library and post office uptown...as well as a new community hall and tornado shelter.
It's hard to believe that there's so much to do and see in this tiny little town.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to jump on a bike and check out the new bike path through Ventura Heights that connects North and South Shore Drive for an idyllic 14-mile bike ride around the lake...so we'll simply have to wait until next time we visit one of Iowa's best kept secrets.
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