Woodbury County News

Park Facilities to Open June 26th/Nature Center to Open June 30th

Woodbury County Conservation Board Director Dan Heissel announced today that the following Woodbury County Conservation Board Park Facilities WILL OPEN on June 26 at 6:00 a.m.

Beginning Friday, June 26:

  • Campgrounds open under regular status at full capacity to all units including tents.
    • Limited to one family or six registered campers per site for overnight stay.
  • Campground restrooms/showers open. Hand soap and hand sanitizers may not be available.
  • Park restrooms open. Hand soap and hand sanitizers may not be available.
  • Playgrounds and Nature Playscape open. Use at your own risk. No cleaning or sanitizing will be provided.
  • Firewood sales shall be provided. Exact change or check is required for payment.
  • Cabin reservations open under regular status. Amenities limited & hours revised.
  • Enclosed shelters open. Social distancing is encouraged and will be the responsibility of the user.
  • Non-enclosed shelters open. Social distancing is encouraged and will be the responsibility of the user.
  • Little Sioux Park beach open. Social distancing is encouraged and will be the responsibility of the user.
  • Browns Lake – Bigelow Park beach will remain CLOSED for the rest of the season due to construction.
  • County conservation office and park offices remain closed, except by appointment.

Opening Tuesday, June 30:

  • Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center will open June 30 with limited hours. Capacity will be limited to no more than 30 people inside the facility at one time.
  • Nature Center will remain closed to rentals.
  • In-person educational programs will resume with limitations in July. Details will follow later.

Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks include: Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park and Browns Lake—Bigelow Park near Salix; Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland; Midway Park near Moville; and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.  

Woodbury County Park areas, wildlife areas, trails, boat ramps and the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and general recreation.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing of at least six feet and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill.  Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.

WCCB Cabins to Open May 29, 2020

Woodbury County Conservation Board Director Dan Heissel announced today that Woodbury County Conservation Board CABINS WILL OPEN on Friday, May 29 for reservations and public use. Restrooms and shower facilities, enclosed shelters, playgrounds, offices and Nature Center will remain closed. Campgrounds are open to self-contained units at 50% capacity.

Cabins are located Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park near Salix and Southwood Conservation Area near Smithland.

Cabin rentals will include these changes:

  • Check-out time will be 11:00 a.m.
  • Check-in time will be 5:00 p.m.
  • For cabin rentals, all kitchenware such as dishes, pots and pans, and utensils has been removed; renters will need to bring their own from home.
  • Cabins at Little Sioux Park WILL NOT have access to showers. A restroom and small kitchen sink are available in the cabin.
  • Snyder Bend and Southwood Cabins have full bath facilities

Park visitors are reminded to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10. Park staff will continue to remind and educate visitors to practice physical distancing while enjoying the park.

Cabin reservations can be made online at http://woodburyparks.org/cabins/. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.                     

Reminder: Woodbury County Conservation Board Campgrounds to Open May 21st at 6:00 a.m.

Woodbury County Conservation Board reminds the public that the Woodbury County Conservation Board CAMPGROUNDS WILL OPEN on May 21 at 6:00 a.m. to self-contained camper units. No tents will be allowed. Restrooms and shower facilities, cabins, enclosed shelters, playgrounds, offices and Nature Center will remain closed.

The Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks including Little Sioux Park; Bigelow Park – Browns Lake; Snyder Bend Park and Southwood Conservation Area ARE NOT Iowa State Parks and WILL NOT follow the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ proclamation. Please review the rules below for the Woodbury County Parks.

The opening of campgrounds is under Level One Restricted Status.  This is defined as:

Level 1Restricted Camping & Facilities Closed:

  • Open campgrounds to self-contained units only, with a fully functioning toilet and waste holding tank
  • Campground restrooms/showers remain closed
  • Visitors will not be allowed in the campground; only those occupying campsites allowed
  • Only six overnight occupants per campsite will be allowed, unless immediate family contains more than six
  • Campgrounds open to 50% capacity
  • No groups larger than 10 at a campsite will be enforced by the park law enforcement staff
  • Firewood sales shall be provided; Exact change or check is required for payment
  • Playgrounds are to remain closed
  • Cabin and shelter reservations are suspended (refunds given)
  • County conservation offices, visitor and nature centers to remain closed.

“We will be strict about enforcing these rules regarding campground restrictions, group sizes, social distancing,” stated Heissel. “If rules are not followed we will close campground facilities again.”

Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks include: Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park and Bigelow Park—Browns Lake near Salix; Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland; Midway Park near Moville; and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.  

Woodbury County Park areas, wildlife areas, trails, boat ramps and the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and general recreation. All restrooms will remain closed.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing of at least six feet and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill. 

Educational events, programs and Nature Center rentals are cancelled until further notice. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.                     

Woodbury County Conservation Board Campgrounds to Open May 21, 2020

Woodbury County Conservation Board Director Dan Heissel announced today that Woodbury County Conservation Board CAMPGROUNDS WILL OPEN on May 21 at 6:00 a.m. to self-contained camper units. No tents will be allowed. Restrooms and shower facilities, cabins, enclosed shelters, playgrounds, offices and Nature Center will remain closed.

The opening of campgrounds is under Level One Restricted Status.  This is defined as:

Level 1Restricted Camping & Facilities Closed:

  • Open campgrounds to self-contained units only, with a fully functioning toilet and waste holding tank
  • Campground restrooms/showers remain closed
  • Campgrounds open to 50% capacity
  • No groups larger than 10 at a campsite will be enforced by the park law enforcement staff
  • Firewood sales shall be provided; Exact change or check is required for payment
  • Playgrounds are to remain closed
  • Cabin and shelter reservations are suspended (refunds given)
  • County conservation offices, visitor and nature centers to remain closed.

“We will be strict about enforcing these rules regarding campground restrictions, group sizes, social distancing,” stated Heissel. “If rules are not followed we will close campground facilities again.”

Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks include: Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park and Bigelow Park—Browns Lake near Salix; Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland; Midway Park near Moville; and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.

Woodbury County Park areas, wildlife areas, trails, boat ramps and the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and general recreation. All restrooms will remain closed.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing of at least six feet and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill. 

Educational events, programs and Nature Center rentals are cancelled until further notice. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.                    

Woodbury County Conservation Board Reinstates Park Facility CLOSURES Through May 15, 2020

Woodbury County Conservation Board Director Dan Heissel announced today that all Woodbury County Conservation Board facilities, including campgrounds, will REMAIN CLOSED through May 15 in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 exposure concerns. This is regardless of Iowa Governor Kim Reynold’s Proclamation issued yesterday that allows Iowa campgrounds to reopen. These conditions will be re-evaluated next week and are subject to future extensions.

These continued closures include: Woodbury County Conservation Board Campgrounds, rental cabins, enclosed shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, Woodbury County Conservation Board park offices and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

“It’s the right thing to do at this time,” stated Heissel. “Woodbury County is still one of the biggest hot spots in the state with the third highest number of COVID-19 cases. We are concerned about the health and safety of our community. We will continue to assess the situation and communicate with Siouxland District Health Department.”

Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks with Closed Facilities include: Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park and Bigelow Park—Browns Lake near Salix; Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland; Midway Park near Moville; and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.

Woodbury County Park areas, wildlife areas, trails, boat ramps and the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and general recreation. All restrooms will remain closed.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing of at least six feet and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill.  Educational events, programs and Nature Center rentals are cancelled until further notice. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838. 

WCCB Park Facilities Remain Closed Through May 15, 2020

Woodbury County Conservation Board and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center facilities will remain closed through
May 15 in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 exposure concerns. These conditions are subject to change.

These closures include: campgrounds, camping and rental cabins, enclosed shelters, restrooms, playgrounds, Woodbury County Conservation Board park offices and the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center.

Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks with Closed Facilities include: Little Sioux Park near Correctionville; Snyder Bend Park and Bigelow Park—Browns Lake near Salix; Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland; Midway Park near Moville; and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center in Sioux City.

Woodbury County Park areas, wildlife areas, trails, boat ramps and the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching and general recreation. All restrooms will remain closed.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing of at least six feet and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill. 

Educational events, programs and rentals are cancelled through May 15. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments, please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board
at 712-258-0838.                    

Playgrounds Closed at WCCB Park Areas Due to COVID-19 Concerns

PLAYGROUNDS at Woodbury County Conservation Board Parks are CLOSED until further notice. This includes playgrounds at Browns Lake – Bigelow Park, Snyder Bend Park, Little Sioux Park, Southwood Conservation Area, Fowler Forest Preserve and the Nature Playscape at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. For more information call 712-258-0838. This is in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 exposure concerns.

Additionally, Woodbury County Conservation Board Office facilities and field offices at Little Sioux Park, Snyder Bend Park, Browns Lake, Southwood Conservation Area and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center are closed to the public.

Woodbury County Park areas will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, bird watching and general recreation. Pressurized water systems, restrooms and facilities are NOT available. Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park remains open. Trails and roadways remain open.

We urge all citizens and visitors to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill.

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center building remains closed until further notice. Trails are open. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments, please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.

WCCB Rental Cabins & Park Offices Temporarily Closed

Camping and rental cabins at Southwood Conservation Area near Smithland, Iowa and Snyder Bend Park near Salix, Iowa are closed for rentals until May 1, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 exposure concerns. These conditions are subject to change.

Additionally, Woodbury County Conservation Board Office facilities and field offices at Little Sioux Park, Snyder Bend Park, Browns Lake and Southwood Conservation Area are closed to the public.

Woodbury County Park areas, including the Stub Gray Shooting Range at Little Sioux Park, will remain open for public use such as hiking, fishing, bird watching and general recreation. Pressurized water systems and facilities are NOT available.

We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health Department to practice social distancing and other practices such as washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please stay home if you are feeling ill. 

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center remains closed until further notice. Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/ and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information or office appointments please contact the Woodbury County Conservation Board at 712-258-0838.

Nature Center Closed Until Further Notice Due To COVID-19 Concerns

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is closed to public visitation until further notice in response to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 concerns. All public programs, events, rentals, volunteer activities and groups are cancelled. This is effective immediately.

           
Nature Center trails and the Nature Playscape will remain open for public use.
We urge all citizens to follow recommendations by Siouxland District Health
Department to practice social distancing and other practices such as washing
your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze in your sleeve, and please
stay home if you are feeling ill.

           
Woodbury County Conservation Board business hours will continue BY APPOINTMENT
ONLY Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call 712-258-0838 to schedule an
appointment.

           
Woodbury County Parks are open to hiking, fishing, bird watching and general
recreation. Pressurized water systems and facilities are NOT available.
However, cabin rentals at Snyder Bend Park and Southwood Conservation Area are
open. Cabin details and reservations can be made at http://woodburyparks.org/.

           
Program and facility updates will be made available via our website http://woodburyparks.org/
and Dorothy Pecaut Facebook page. For more information please contact the
Woodbury County Conservation Board and Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center at
712-258-0838.

Employment Opportunities Available

Woodbury County Conservation Board is currently seeking to fill a Part-Time Clerk position in the Board office at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, as well as several seasonal positions in our parks. For more details, click here.