85 State Parks 6 State Forests 2 State Fish Hatcherys 24 State Wildlife Areas 20 State Wildlife Management Areas 2 State Wildlife Refuges 2 State Fish Hatcherys 1 National Historic Site 3 National Wildlife Refuges
- Been there the last four Sundays tomorrow looks to be too cold so we will have to take a break. Wife and I absolutely love it. Just wish it would be easier to find the origional site of the town of Prepreation and the lake or is the lake willow lake thanks Iowa for a fantastic place to viist we will be back.
Memories of the Past - Lots of memories for me as I lived here for several years, went to the country school located on the corner of 290th street and Brushy Creek Road. I am in the process of writing a family history and story of this area.
Horse Camp - I was disappointed to see last year that sevaral NON-Horse people were able to reserve sites in the horse camp. There are so few nice horse camps in our area, that is seem this should not be allowed unless there are empty spaces near the camp date. We would not be allowed to swipe up camp sites in their disignated areas. For this reason several of our horse friends could not get in to camp.
Beautiful but lots of work - This is a State Preserve and is VERY primitive. NO CAMPING ALLOWED. The last sign when turning off pavement onto one lane gravel is small and hard to find. Road in is steep, one lane, somewhat washed out dirt and gravel leading to a turnaround area. Next to the turnaround is a WPA style restroom building. About 75 yards down a dirt and grass path is a WPA style picnic shelter build against a cliff. The stream is still 100'+ vert. below the shelter. The only path down is a steep and difficult dirt path along pock-marked dolomite limestone formations, called "slump blocks". Last 25' vert. to the streambed is much steeper and even more difficult. However your reward is a beautiful, clear, cold water stream with many trout, up to pan sized. Once at the bottom travel in the canyon is by way of wading in the streambed. The (same) trail out requires climbing out the first 25' and is steep and strenuous. Very rewarding if you know what you are getting yourself in to!
Our cabins are located on my fourteen acres of ground next to Stephens State Forest in south-central Iowa located on the Chariton River bottom approximately 60 miles south of Des Moines in some of Iowa's best white tail and turkey habitat.