Monthly Archives: June 2016

Little Sioux Park Beach & Beach House Facilities to Reopen 7-1-16

Correctionville – Water levels at Little Sioux Park lake have receded sufficiently to allow for reopening of the public beach and bathhouse facilities in time for the July 4 weekend. The sand beach area remains restricted in size due to lake level, but swim area ropes and buoys will be in place to designate where swimming is allowed.  Parents and guardians are reminded that the beach has no lifeguards and they need to keep a careful watch on their children.


If you have any questions, please contact the Little Sioux Park office at (712) 372-4984 or the Woodbury County Conservation Board office at (712) 258-0838.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for New Cabins at Southwood Conservation Area

Smithland, IA – Woodbury County Conservation Board will celebrate the opening of two new camping cabin units at its Southwood Conservation Area near Smithland on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 1 – 3 PM. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 1:00 with a brief program followed by public tours of the cabins.


The new rental cabins are located near the campground registration area. The one bedroom housekeeping units feature a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom with shower, queen bed, bunk beds, queen size sleeper sofa, flat screen television and Blu-ray player.  Furniture items were custom created by Loess Hills Custom Woodworks from local red cedar lumber.  No two pieces of the rustic furniture are alike, making for a very unique setting.  The cabins are partially handicap accessible and include a paved outside space with picnic table and grill along with a covered porch area.


A $75,000 grant from MRHD helped fund nearly half the construction cost of the project. Remainder of the cost came from the Conservation Board’s CIP fund.  In keeping with a local flavor, the cabins have been named “Smokey Hollow” and “Stagecoach” after the nearby Smokey Hollow Subwatershed and the Stagecoach Loop of the Loess Hills Scenic Byway.


Rental reservations will begin on Friday, July 15, 2016. Rental rates will be $65/night Sunday-Thursday and $80/night Friday/Saturday (weekends) and holidays.  The units are heated and cooled and may be available for rent most of the year.  Reservations can be made by calling the Conservation Board office at 712-258-0838.  All cabin and enclosed shelter reservations will switch to online only starting January 1, 2017 through website.


If you have any questions, please contact the Southwood Conservation Area office at (712) 889-2215 or the Woodbury County Conservation Board office at (712) 258-0838.

Open Until 7PM on Thursdays in June & July!

This summer the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center will be open until 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The extension in hours is to allow visitors more access to the Nature Center, the Discovery Forest Nature Playscape and its resources during the summer season.  Generally the nature center is closed at 4:30 p.m. so this extension will allow visitors an additional few hours on Thursdays.  Hours will stay the same for the rest of the week.

The nature center’s summer hours effective June 2 through July 28 are Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  The nature center is closed on Mondays.

Hikers and visitors are reminded to have their vehicles removed from the parking lot before closing time.  The gate and parking lot will be locked and secured at closing time. Hikers and after hours visitors are welcome to park in the lower parking lot below the gate and use the trails. For more information on the hours or events call 712-258-0838 or visit <>.

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