Hiking Highlight for 7/16: Soper’s Mill


A bridge over the Skunk River provides a scenic view.

Andrea Dahl

Located in north Ames, Soper’s Mill is a 16-acre historical site on the Skunk River and offers activities including canoeing, kayaking, stream fishing and hiking. While floating on the river is best when the water level is high, there are also river hazards such as log jams and sharp turns.

The water trails are popular for fishing and features bullhead, buffalo, carp, channel catfish and smallmouth bass. Soper’s Mill is part of the Skunk River Greenbelt, which consists of 620 acres and features deer and small game for forrest and upland hunting. The park has a variety of wildlife along the banks of the river and provides chances for birdwatching and photography opportunities.

The site has a north and south entrance and is open daily from 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. year round.

Pedestrians are welcome, however, there are no grills or picnic tables available.