Friday, April 16, 2010

Explore Fayette County Conservation Board Recreational Area's!

The Fayette County Conservation Boards Recreation Area’s are open for the 2010 Season, the electricity where avaible is on, the water where avaible is on, and the entrances are open for you and your family to go explore, hike, camp, enjoy the spring flowers, singing songbirds and more.

The Recreational Areas that are open for all to explore are:

1. Wildwood Nature Center - 18673 Lane Road

A seven acre area located four miles north of fayette on State HWY 150, or Lincoln Road, then 1 mile west on County Road C14 or 190th Street and then left onto Lane Road. This area featuers a live animal and raptor exhibit. The nature center contains a variety of mounted native animals and birds. A staff naturalist is on hand to welcome visitors and field questions. Wildwood Nature Center is also the main office of the Fayette County Conservation Board, the location of the County Parks Program, and the Roadside Management Program. Public restrooms and drinking water are avaible at this location.

2. Twin Bridges Park - 13112 O Ave. and 14650 130 Street
A 17 ½ acre park located on County Road W 25 three miles north of Maynard at the confluence of the south and west branches of the Volga River. This park contains a shelter house, play ground, primitive camping area and pit toilets.

3. Gilbertson Conservation Education Area
Campground - 1810 Agate Road
Gilbertson Nature Center - 22580 A Ave
Located east of Elgin Iowa on county Road B 64 or Agate Road features a modern campground, primitive camping, horse camping, over 5 miles of trails to hike or ride on horse back or non-motorized bikes, fishing in the Turkey River or the Pond and one can come and explore the Petting Zoo, Nature Center, two historical Building, and the Maize Maze when they open for the season, watch this Blog for up dates on Opening dates and times.

4. Echo Valley State Park - 9672 Echo Valley Road & 9680 Echo Vally Road
A one hundred acre natural area that contains historical structures hand-build by the Civilian Conservation Corps such as a dam, keystone archway, lime kiln, and shelter house. The EVENT Trail and other hiking trails lead though this historical park. The park also provides visitors with picnicking areas, primitive camping, and trout fishing in two streams.

4. Glovers Creek Fishing and Wildlife Area
A 187 acre area next to Echo Valley State Park that is accessible though the Glover’s Creek side of Echo Valley. This area is open for public fishing and hunting. Both park entrances are located two miles east of West Union north of State Highway 56.

5. Goeken Park - 28191 Lincoln Road / State Hwy. 150
Is 5 miles north of West Union on U.S. Highway 150. It is a 6 ½ acre road side park. It has a wonderful panoramic view of many miles of the Turkey River Valley. The park also features one electrical hook up camping site, many non-electric sites, two shelter houses, a playground, pit toilets and water when it is turned on.

6. Gouldsburg Park - 18649 Sunset Road
Located 5 miles north of Hawkeye or 3 miles north of the intersection of U.S. HWY 18 and county Road W14 or Rose Road, the turn onto Sunset Road and follow until you come to the park on your left side. This park is a 64 acre area at the confluence of the Little Turkey River and Crane Creek. These water ways provide good fishing, tubing and canoeing. The park has a modern campground with dump station, showers, flush toilets, and electrical hook ups. The park also has pit toilets, primitive camp sites, a playground, shelter house and hiking trails.

7. Thelman Wildlife Area
A 310 acre public hunting area featuring grass plantings, a wetland, timber area, and crop ground for wildlife. Located just of State HWY 18 on County Road V68 or W Ave.

8. Dutton’s Cave Park
Campground - 25218 Iornwood Road
Shelter House Access - 9082 35th Street
Located 2 ½ miles northeast of West Union on U.S. HWY 18, and ½ mile north on Ironwood Road is a 46 acre heavily timbered, deep ravine ending in a wall directly above the cave opening. This park contains two electrical hook up sites, several non-electrical sites, shelter house, hiking trail, water when on, pit toilets, and a playground. It is a great park to see spring wildflowers and hear song birds in the early morning.

9. Downing Park - 23008 78th Street 
Located 2 miles north of State HWY 3, turn going north onto V 68 or W Ave. This quiet 40 acre park offers a shelter house, playground and pit toilets. It is a great bird watching park.

10. Valley Canoe Access - 3306 Diamond Road
A 3 acre area that features access to the Turkey River and a beautiful native prairie planting.

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