Whale of a Place  LbNA # 11639 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateOct 12 2004
LocationAnita, IA
Planted ByOarless    
Found By The Herkies
Last Found Nov 27 2004
Hike Distance?

MISSING: NOV. 4, 2006

Anita is known as a "Whale of a Town." Just south of Anita is a "Whale of a Place," Lake Anita State Park. Iowa has many nice state parks offering camping, fishing, hiking and a lot more. Lake Anita is just such a park.

Lake Anita is located 5 miles south of Interstate 80 at Exit 70. Follow Iowa Highway 148 South to Lake Anita.

The path to the letterbox is crushed rock with a steady incline. The round trip distance is about 1 mile. During the summer, the walk may be hot since there is no shade. Your destination offers plenty of shade and picnic tables to rest and view the park.


After entering the park, the road divides. Choosing the southpaws way would be wise.

Picnicing to the right definds a good place to park to begin this lark.

Take the path that leads steadily up hill. Water tower and camp ground on your right.

The path does wind until a sit-upon you'll find.

Continue uphill until directed to stop. Take heed the snaky path you do not need.

The whale is not beached, its the bituminous path up to the round-about you seek.

From the island of grass you will spy a pine. East is the direction you then must look.

The tree with a bough swung low you should seek.

A parent with four offspring are huddled quite close. If you look in their midst a stone you will see. Beneath this cover the treasure will be.