Friendly hospitality greets you when arriving in Riceville, a small town that sits in two Iowa counties, Mitchell and Howard. Its historic past is evident in built structures and preserved remnants like the rare Brown Opera Block Stage Curtain Paintings—restored with the protection of the National Endowment for the Arts; Washington, D.C. You will find them at the public library–the best preserved set in the Midwest.
Fun times await you at Lake Hendricks, a great recreation center for fishing, swimming, boating, nature trails, playground equipment, picnic shelters, 200+ campsites and full-time park attendant. Bike or walk from the lake on the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail the 14 miles to the Minnesota state line on a hard surfaced trail or the 1/2 mile to Riceville. Preserved historic bridges and the new 800 foot boardwalk below the oak savannah will create a “surprise at every turn.” The trail also winds through a 240 acre upland timber with trout stream, past Amish farms, and modern wind turbines.
Riceville offers many amenities through its businesses, housing, education system (K-12), city and health infrastructure, recreational opportunities and churches. New improvements in Riceville include a full line grocery store, processing locker for locally grown meat and a hardware store.
The Riceville Golf Course with its oak and pine trees will challenge your skills. Then stop for the famous homemade pies on a designated Pie Sunday: the first Sunday of June, July, August, and September at the Trailhead Welcome Center, 109 Main Street.
The Wapsipinicon Festival is held the first Saturday in August starting with a medaled 5K at 8am, Community Pancake Breakfast, Grand Parade, games, food vendors, silent auction, car show, state sanctioned kid’s pedal tractor pull, dance, beer garden, and musical/drama production.