Frog Hollow Lake, located in the northern part of the area, is a 138-acre artificial lake with a diverse fishery. The lake's mainstay is its populations of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. Sailboating and canoeing are very popular on this lake. There is a three-lane boat ramp, a floating fishing pier, and shoreline sidewalk and jetties, all universally accessible. Any size boat motor can be operated at no wake speeds and there is no swimming in this lake.
The Volga River, which meanders through the southern portion of the recreation area, holds small mouth bass, rock bass and channel catfish. It also provides a beautiful float trip for kayaks and canoes as it travels through large tracts of timber with steep rock croppings.
One of the major features of Volga River State Recreation Area is the 22 miles of multi-use trails. In the summer months they are heavily used by equestrian riders, mountain bikers and hikers. In the winter they provide recreation opportunities for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. The trails are groomed for these activities and visitors should contact the park office about trail conditions and accessibility.
Volga River is also a 5,700-acre public hunting area. Because of the various types of habitats this area has a variety of wildlife species to hunt.
Everything from waterfowl, small game, wild turkey and whitetail deer are hunted during open seasons. There is a public archery range located west of the scenic overlook past the Albany campground. The range has a trail with 20 targets for practicing your skills.
Picnic areas and a small reservable shelter are located in the northern part of the park in the lake area and there is another picnic area near the Albany Campground.
The rugged beauty of Volga River provides a picturesque setting for camping. There are two campgrounds located here and campsites can be reserved in advance. The Albany Campground has equestrian and non-equestrian campsites. The equestrian campsites all have electrical hook-ups. The non-equestrian sites are non-modern with non-electric sites. There is a water hydrant for the non-equestrian campsites. There is water and vault toilets but no showers. A portion of the area is available for equestrian campers and those sites have hitching posts.
The second campground is the Lakeview Campground which has modern showers and restrooms and a sanitary dump station. There are no accommodations for equestrian campers in this area, but the sites have electricity and water or are full hook-up (electric, water, sewer).
Hunting is prohibited near buildings and campgrounds.
Attention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.