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Clear Lake, Iowa: Fort Custer Maze (Closed)

Fort Custer Maze was a permanent attraction, made of rickety, sun-bleached wood in the shape of an Old West frontier fort. Two miles of possible trails. In Oct. 2015 its 91-year-old owner retired.

I-35 exit 193. Drive west on 4th Ave. S. for one block. Turn right onto S. 24th St. Drive one block. Turn right onto Main Ave. You'll quickly see the Old West fort-like maze on the right.
Oct. 2015: Closed permanently.

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Fort Custer Maze

Permanently closed October 2015.

[Brianna, 03/17/2016]


Fort Custer Maze

Hidden away off the highway, the Fort Custer Maze seemed, at first, to be a museum. When we wandered in and found a delightful gentlemen sitting behind the desk of a large maze, we knew we had to try it. The gentleman told us it would take approximately 90 minutes to complete but if we were fast, it could be done in 30 to 45 minutes.

The first station was so ridiculously easy, we almost got our money back and left. But 90 minutes later we were laughing, running, scratching signs for ourselves in the dirt (as many many other desperate maz-ers had done) and loudly celebrating our success at finally finding the Tower.

This attraction is not recommended for those with young children. The reclaimed wood they used to create the maze is very, very rickety. It is often not nailed down all the way, so try not to brush against it. The place is rife with weeds of all types, thistle is plenteous -- so run through with care. All of these things just make the maze more fun and endearing.

[Kara S. McCoy, 07/03/2015]

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