Iowa has stayed bundled up for the long fall, winter, and spring.  But now, the swimming season in Iowa is here.  While most of the state is filled with corn fields and livestock, there are some great lakes for recreation including cooling off with a refreshing swim.

So get out the swimwear and sunscreen.  Blow up the floaties and open your favorite summer beverage because these are the 10 best lakes in Iowa for swimming.

How Many Lakes Are Actually In Iowa?

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When somebody thinks of Iowa they typically don't think of lakes first.  Really, they don't think about any body of water except maybe the Mississippi River when it floods.  And they really aren't wrong.

While there are plenty of ponds, rivers, and reservoirs, and when you add in the manmade lakes, Iowa has plenty of places for water for drinking, irrigation, and recreation.  But, there are actually only 34 natural lakes in Iowa.

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While some of those natural lakes, and some manmade lakes are great places to go swimming in Iowa, there are also some that you should stay far away from.  Years of runoff and abuse have left some of the lakes dirty with possible serious health side effects.

Bacteria like E Coli and more can form in the lakes causing sickness just by standing it.

But you don't have to worry about that at these lakes.  Thanks to A-Z Animals we've got the most popular and best swimming holes that attract thousands of visitors each year.

The 10 Best Lakes For Swimming In Iowa

Iowa may only have 34 natural lakes, but there are plenty of lakes for you to enjoy boating, fishing and even cooling off during the summer by going swimming. Here are the 10 best to check out.

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