Activities

 
Boating Boating at Gates Bridge Access
Boat access to the Shell Rock River
Boating Boating at Tosanak Recreation Area
River access to the Shell Rock River.  
Cabins Cabins at Tosanak Recreation Area
The Tosanak Recreation Area offers both modern (water and electricity) and rustic (some with electricity, some without) cabins.
Camping Camping at Tosanak Recreation Area
Primitive camping areas/site as we as 8 RV hook-up sites.  
Camping Camping at Gates Bridge Access
Primtive camping along the Shell Rock River.
Camping Camping at Ackley Creek Park
This 40 acre tranquil, shaded campground near a bubbling stream, is popular for RV and tent camping.  Electrical and water hook-ups are available at each campsite. Shower house and dump station available.  There is also a playground for youth to play on.
Camping Camping at West Idlewild Campground
West Idlewild Campground contains 15 primitive campsites, which are available on a first come first serve basis, along the Cedar River.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
An canoe/kayak access to the Winnebago River was recently added along the east edge of the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve.   
Education Education at Tosanak Recreation Area
Many educational programs are offered during the year at the Tosanak Recreation Area.  To find information on upcoming events
Education Education at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
The Fossil & Prairie Center contains exhibits that explain and connect the vairous components of the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve.  Exhibits include: Rockford Brick & Tile Co. Winnebago River, Devonian Fossils, Iowa's Prairies, and local wildlife.
Fishing Fishing at Gates Bridge Access
Fishing in the Shell Rock River.
Fishing Fishing at West Idlewild Campground
Fishing in the Cedar River which forms the eastern edge of the Campground.
Fishing Fishing at Colwell Park
Along side the Little Cedar River, the Park is a favorite of local anglers.
Fishing Fishing at Little Cedar Wildlife Area
Stream fishing in the Little Cedar River.
Fishing Fishing at Tosanak Recreation Area
The Tosanak Recreation Area offers two miles of Shell Rock river bank.  River trail and boat access provide good fishing opportunities.
Historic Visits Historic Visits at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
The Rockford Brick & Tile Company is responsible for unearthing the world renowned fossils at the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve. Producing drainage tile and building bricks they assisted in changing Iowa's landscape.  Hike down to view the remaining bee hive kilns, envisioning the currently wooded area as a bustling manufacturing site. 
Hunting Hunting at Nagle Wildlife Area
This 220 acre area is open to the pursuit of game species during the appropriate seasons.
Hunting Hunting at Wentland Woods
102 acres of forest area is open to the pursuit of game species during the appropriate season.
Hunting Hunting at Little Cedar Wildlife Area
Upland game hunting on this 160 acre area.
Hunting Hunting at Cedar Hills Wildlife
160 acre area for deer, turkey, and pheasant hunting.
Other Activities Other Activities at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
The Fossil & Prairie Center contains exhibits that explain and connect the vairous components of the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve. Exhibits include: Rockford Brick & Tile Co. Winnebago River, Devonian Fossils, Iowa's Prairies, and local wildlife.
Picnicking Picnicking at Gates Bridge Access
Picnic tables available alongside the Shell Rock River.
Picnicking Picnicking at Ackley Creek Park
Ackley Creek Park contains two open shelters for picnics.  Playground and restroom facilities are also nearby.
Picnicking Picnicking at Tosanak Recreation Area
Picnic shelters, both open and enclosed, are scattered throughout the area.  Some are available to reserve.
Picnicking Picnicking at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
A semi-enclosed picnic shelter is available at the Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve.  This shelter is a great place for birthday parties or just to take a break from fossil hunting.  Restrooms and drinking fountain are nearby.
Picnicking Picnicking at Colwell Park
Open sided picnic shelter available on a first come first serve basis.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Ackley Creek Park
Enjoy a leisure hike along the Ackley Creek through mature woods.  
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Tosanak Recreation Area
Scenic trails along the Shell Rock river and through mature Oak Hickory woods.  Trails are open year round.  In the winter, the trails are groomed for cross country skiing.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Wentland Woods
Explore the trails through the wooded area.  Spring wildflowers, summer cool shade, fall leaf coloration and winter wildlife signs.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve and Center
The Fossil & Prairie Park Preserve contains mowed trails through the native prairie and wetland/pond areas.  Trails also run through the quarry and past the plant site of the Rockford Brick & Tile Company.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Mathers Woods
Hiking trails through an established woodland area.