County Parks Opening and Camping Kickoff Dates Set

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Campgrounds, cabins, restrooms and shelters at Woodbury County’s parks will open Monday for public use.  Parks opening that day will include Snyder Bend Park and Brown’s Lake-Bigelow Park near Salix, Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland, and Little Sioux Park near Correctionville.

To greet the camping season, the Woodbury County Conservation Department will hold a “Camping Kickoff Weekend” event May 5 through 7 at Southwood Conservation Area, Little Sioux Park, and Snyder Bend Park and Brown’s Lake-Bigelow Park.

On a first-come, first-served basis, campers will register and pay fees for each night of camping and will receive promotional items including a coupon for one night free camping later during the 2017 season at any of the county’s four campgrounds. Cabins at Little Sioux Park, Southwood and Snyder Bend Park are not included in the promotion. 

 Swimming beaches at Brown’s Lake and Little Sioux Park will open at 11:00 a.m. on May 27. Those beaches are not staffed by lifeguards.

Cabin facilities are available to rent at Snyder Bend Park, Little Sioux Park and Southwood Conservation Area. Reservations for cabins and enclosed shelters can be made year-round online at   

The Conservation Board encourages everyone to visit their local county parks this year for some great outdoor fun close to home. In addition to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, the Board manages sixteen areas comprising nearly 5,700 acres providing a large variety of outdoor activities.  For more information regarding county parks, contact the conservation board office at 712/258-0838 or online at

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