Developed

Southwood Conservation Area

Located one mile southwest of Smithland, this area highlights some of the Loess Hills’ open grassland and timbered areas. 

Located one mile southwest of Smithland, this area highlights some of the Loess Hills’ open grassland and timbered areas. Two ponds located in the park are stocked with bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Electric motors may be used in the ponds.

Trails of the area take the visitor through a variety of habitats. A self-guided nature trail brochure is available at the trail head. Numerous bluebird boxes have been erected in the area and visitors may catch a glimpse of the brilliant, blue birds.

Campgrounds are open and pressurized water systems are available May 1 through October 31.  Cabins are open year round.

  • 2 one-bedroom cabins (fee charged)
  • 19 electric (20/30/50 amp) campsites (fee charged)
  • 12 tent or non-electric campsites (fee charged)
  • 3D archery range (April 15 to October 15)
  • native grass demonstration plots
  • hunting (October 15 to May 15) Restrictions: no centerfire rifles and no trapping
  • Snowmobiling is not allowed.

Activities & Amenities


Reservations

Iowa Fishing Permit

Iowa Hunting License

Camping Rates

Electric & Water Sites $25/night
Non-Electric/Tent Sites $17/night

Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis only.  No reservations accepted.

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