Campgrounds, cabins, restrooms, and shelters at Woodbury County’s parks will open for public use on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  Parks opening that day will include Brown’s Lake-Bigelow Park and Snyder Bend Park near Salix, Southwood Conservation Area and Fowler Forest Preserve near Smithland, and Bellamy Campground at Little Sioux Park near Correctionville.  Riverside Campground at Little Sioux Park, which is being upgraded with sewer hookups at each site, won’t be quite ready at that time but is expected to open on May 15, 2024, depending on weather.

To greet the camping season, the Woodbury County Conservation Department will hold a “Camping Kickoff Weekend” event May 3rd-5th at Brown’s Lake-Bigelow Park, Little Sioux Park, Snyder Bend Park, and Southwood Conservation Area.  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 to be used later during the 2024 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 are set to open at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 25th.  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 over 6,000 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