Conservation and hunting groups cooperate to
provide some of the best pheasant, waterfowl, turkey and deer hunting to be
found anywhere. Groups such as Pheasants Forever are very active in the
Loess Hills and their efforts have paid off. Ducks Unlimited chapters in the
area have provided waterfowl habitat so that the central flyway migratory
ducks and geese find occasion to stop in on their migrations.
Responsible hunters may be able to arrange Lease and guided hunting.
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A few public hunting areas are listed below.
Loess Hills Wildlife Area
This 3,896-acre property contains some of the best Loess Hills formations
and prairie stands found in Iowa. Hiking is allowed throughout the area but
trails are limited. Upland timber and prairie habitat provide good
populations of deer, quail, squirrel, pheasant and turkey
Blue Lake Wildlife Area
Located adjacent to and west of Lewis and Clark State Park, this 865-acre
area is a very popular "drive through" wildlife viewing site in the
evenings. Hunting is allowed in the wildlife area but prohibited on state
Middle Decatur Bend Wildlife Area
Good deer, pheasant, woodcock and waterfowl hunting is available on this
338-acre park area.
Louisville Bend Wildlife Area
This 904-acre site has a reputation for good hunting and wildlife viewing.
Badger Lake Wildlife Area
This site is an old oxbow lake that provides upland and marsh habitats. This
987-acre area is popular for viewing and hunting pheasants and waterfowl.
Blencoe Lake Wildlife Area
This 70-acre tract offers hunters a variety of marsh and dry timber. Access
to this area is by river only.
Preparation Canyon State Park is located on the
northeast corner of the Preparation Canyon Unit of the Loess Hills Forest.
This park offers picnicking and hiking trails and a backpack trail with camp
sites. Pheasant and Wild Turkey are popular game birds in the forest. White
Tail deer, rabbit and squirrel also populate the area.
Except for certain areas within 200 yards of residences and the headquarters
area, the entire Loess Hills forest is open to hunting.
Public Hunting Area
located between Castana and Mapleton
farm ponds full of bass, crappie and bluegills exist on most properties. Pan
fishing is a very popular way for parents to involve their children in the
outdoor world. Trophy sized bass can be had by the skillful angler working
the farm ponds. Responsible fishermen have no trouble obtaining permission
to try their skill on these lovely ponds.
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A few of the area fishing spots:
Rodney Pits Recreation Area
This complex is actually three separate abandoned gravel pits that are
being developed into a recreation and fishing area. Located two miles east
of the town of Rodney, the combined 42 acres of water provide good fishing
for bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Future facilities will include
camping pads, complete with electricity, vault toilets, an open shelter
house and drinking water. Camping is available for a fee.
Lewis and Clark State Park
This 176-acre park is situated on a 259-acre "Blue Lake". The park offers
hiking trails, swim beach, enclosed lodge and historical display of the
keelboat and other equipment used by the Lewis and Clark party. There are
81 electrical camping sites for visitors. The auto trail through the park
and adjoining wildlife management area is a popular evening activity to
view the abundant wildlife.
Oldham Recreation Area
This 13-acre park is located on a
12-acre lake, 1 1/2 miles northwest of the town of Soldier. A boat ramp
and a swimming beach with a diving raft make this park very popular, along
with some of the best fishing in the County! Electricity is available to
picnickers and campers. Camping is available for a fee.
Located approximately 4 miles southeast of the town of Moorhead, this
25-acre park includes a 15-acre pond with 10 acres of land. Good
populations of white crappie, bass, bluegill, carp and catfish are
available to area anglers. A boat ramp is available, and other
improvements are planned for the future. Camping fees are charged.
Onawa Materials Yard
Situated on old Oxbow lake (5 1/4 miles west of the town of Onawa), this
site was once used by the Corps as a material storage area for work done
along the Missouri River. The 3-acre site is now used for primitive
camping and for waterfowl viewing during the spring and fall migration.
Camping is available for a fee.
Blue Lake is a 269
acre oxbow lake located west of Onawa, in Monona County. Typical of many
oxbow lakes, this lake is plagued by a dense vegetation growth in the spring
and early summer months. This aquatic vegetation provides excellent habitat
for the lake's main fish species, the largemouth bass. Blue lake has gotten
a well-deserved reputation as a premiere largemouth bass fishery, especially
by anglers that are targeting this species and know how to fish the weeds
and weed line.
5-acre park is an excellent waterfowl and eagle viewing site in the early
spring and fall! Situated on Middle Decatur Bend Oxbow, the area is popular
for fishing, canoeing and primitive camping. Potable water and vault toilets
are the only facilities provided. Camping fees are charged.
The Missouri River
offers popular fishing, camping and hiking areas, as well as boating and skiing. The "Muddy Mo" is home to many species of fish and is a popular
spot for anglers. The beautiful bluffs flanking the river are covered with
vegetation that make any visit worthwhile.