Woodbury County News

Woodbury County Beaches Opening March 25th

Public beaches at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville and Brown’s Lake near Salix will open for the season on Saturday, May 25th, at 11 AM.  The beaches will be open daily weather permitting.  Daily beach hours will be 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Brown’s Lake and 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Little Sioux Park.

Parents and guardians are reminded that the beaches are “Swim At Your Own Risk”, and lifeguards are not provided.  Swim areas are designated with buoys and ropes.  Restroom facilities are provided.

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

New Outdoor Archery Range to Open at Southwood Conservation Area

IA—Local archers will soon benefit from a new archery range.  The outdoor range officially opens on Monday,
April 15 and features life size 3-D animal targets. It is located at Southwood
Conservation Area, one mile southwest of Smithland, Iowa and is operated by the
Woodbury County Conservation Board (WCCB).

assistance from local partners, including Sioux Valley Archery, WCCB created
the walking archery range on the
north end of the park off the Wood Duck trail. WCCB received a $5,000
grant from the Iowa DNR Shooting Sports Division to create this public archery
range and acquire the targets. An additional $3,300 grant from the Iowa Chapter
of Safari Club International assisted with signage and archery equipment.

The 3-D Archery Range includes 16 animal
targets at eight different shooting stations. The life size animal targets are
placed in varying distances from 20 to 50 yards, to allow for a variety of target
shooting options.

Each station has bow holders, station numbers
and signage. This target range will be for field archery points only and users
must provide their own archery equipment. All park rules and archery range
rules are posted and apply to all users. Hours of operation 6:00 a.m. until
dusk. The range will be open and targets available from April 15 – October 15.

Southwood is a multi-use area and hikers,
equestrian users, hunters and all user groups should be aware of the many
options available for recreation and be respectful of others.

For more information on
the range, contact Erik Lindsay, Assistant Resource Manager, at Southwood
Conservation Area at 712-889-2215 or elindsay@woodburyparks.org.

Best Parks in Iowa

If you’re looking for the ultimate list of places where you can enjoy Iowa’s outdoor activities, then check this out—from the most popular parks to off-the-beaten-path areas! Iowa Department of Tourism on TravelIowa.com recently listed the Best of Iowa’s State & County Parks and we are proud to report that the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Woodbury County and Sioux City was on the list.

Search the list and make plans to visit some of these outdoor treasures soon!



Woodbury County Parks Set to Open on Tuesday, May 1st

Campgrounds, cabins, restrooms and shelters at Woodbury County’s parks will open Tuesday, May 1st, 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 4th through 6th at Southwood Conservation Area, Little Sioux Park, 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 of free camping later during the 2018 season at any of the county’s four campgrounds.  Cabin rentals 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 AM on May 26th. 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 www.woodburyparks.org.


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 www.woodburyparks.org.

Stub Gray Shooting Range Reopens for the Season

The Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville, Iowa, has reopened for the season following a short delay due to wet conditions. The range is typically open daily March 1 through December 31 each year, weather and site conditions permitting, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.  At any time, staff may determine that the range be closed during rainy, stormy or muddy conditions.  Please check with park staff for verification.


Users are reminded that a daily or annual use permit is required to use the range.  Daily $10 permits can be purchased at the site and $50 Individual or Family Annual Permits can be purchased online through the Conservation Board website at www.woodburyparks.org.  Shooters are also required to register at the check-in station.

Cabins To Remain Open Year Round

The cabins at Snyder Bend Park and Southwood Conservation Area will now be available for rental throughout the fall and winter seasons. The Woodbury County Conservation Board decided at their November meeting to keep the cabins at these two parks open due to numerous requests from citizens wishing to use them during the off season for hunting and fishing trips or family gatherings.  The cabins at Little Sioux Park will remain closed November 1st through April 30th as usual.

Rental reservations are taken online at http://www.woodburyparks.org/cabins. If you have any questions, please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board office at (712) 258-0838.