Activities

 
Boating Boating at Remington Boat Launch
Remington Boat Launch is one of only a few accessible boat ramps on the Missouri River in Harrison County.
 
Cabins Cabins at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Looking for a "home away from home" when you go camping? There are six rental cabins at the Willow Lake Recreation Area near Woodbine, Iowa. The deluxe cabins feature a full kitchen, bath, and bedrooms, while the camping cabins have heat/air and electricity with water and restrooms available outside. All cabins are handicapped accessible. No pets allowed.

Choose from:

King Cabin (sleeps 12)
Scotch Pine Cabin (sleeps 12)
White Pine Cabin (sleeps 8)
Red Oak Cabin (sleeps 6)
Hemlock Cabin (sleeps 6)
Black Walnut Cabin (sleeps 6)
Camping Camping at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Enjoy both tent camping and RV camping at Willow Lake campground. Willow Lake campground is nestled among the trees just steps from the water. The campground has 41 electrical sites with water hydrants nearby. Full restroom and shower facilities are also located in the campground.  Shower house open April through October. The nearby town of Woodbine has a dump station located in the city park for use by campers.
Camping Camping at Schaben Park

Schaben Park has 12 regular camping sites with electrical hookup, water hydrant, a picnic table and fire ring. A shower house with restrooms is available April 1st through October 31st. There are 3 tent camping sites with a water hydrant, picnic tables and fire rings. There is no dump station at this location; one is available at the city park in the town of Woodbine. A tornado shelter is located at the west end of the campground; sirens will sound in the event of severe weather.

 

Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
There is a 27-acre fishing lake for electric motors only with boat ramp access. Canoeing and kayaking is a great activity at the Willow Lake Recreation Area.
Education Education at Murray Hill Scenic Overlook

Interpretive signs are located at the overlook that explain the significance and history of the Loess Hills.

 

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Fishing Fishing at Sioux Dam Wildlife Area
Bank fishing is also available along the Little Sioux River.
 
Fishing Fishing at Schley Park
This picturesque site contains a small lake with a boat ramp for fishing with electric motors only. Good fishing for bass, bluegill, and catfish.
 
Fishing Fishing at Remington Boat Launch
Bank fishing along the Missouri River.
 

 
Fishing Fishing at Sawmill Hollow Wildlife Area
There is a six acre lake for fishing with bass, bluegill and catfish.
 
Fishing Fishing at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Willow Lake Recreation Area has a 27-acre lake with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and crappie. The legal size limit of bass is 15 inches or more; anything under must be released immediately. There is a boat ramp and parking lot; electric motors only. Three 75 feet long fishing jetties also provide access to deeper waters without the need for a boat.


Fishing Fishing at Schaben Park
A 6-acre fishing lake with a boat ramp; electric motors only. Fish include bass, bluegill and catfish. The legal size limit of bass is 15 inches or more. 
Historic Visits Historic Visits at Harrison County Historical Village Welcome Center
Owned and operated by the Conservation Board, this museum complex is straight out of the 1800s, with an original log cabin, general store, and school.
Historic Visits Historic Visits at Remington Boat Launch
This site is an official Lewis and Clark campsite used during their historic trek westward in 1804.
 
Historic Visits Historic Visits at Ruffcorn Wildlife Area
Ruffcorn Wildlife Area was donated by a Harrison County pioneer family. The family cemetery is still located on the site.
 
Hunting Hunting at Ruffcorn Wildlife Area
There are 15 acres of mixed native prairie and upland habitat for pheasant and quail hunting.
 
Hunting Hunting at Sawmill Hollow Wildlife Area
There is 155 acres of woodland habitat and ridge top prairies with hunting for deer, turkey, pheasants, rabbits and squirrels.
 
Hunting Hunting at Sioux Dam Wildlife Area
Approximately 10 acres of restored prairie/timber mix is suitable for hunting turkey, deer, and upland game including pheasant, quail, rabbits, and squirrel.
 
Hunting Hunting at Horseshoe Lake Wetland Area
With both wetland habitat like cattails and woodland habitat, there is hunting for both waterfowl and upland game.
 
Hunting Hunting at Nolan Wetland Area
There is hunting for waterfowl and pheasants on 155 acres. 
 
Hunting Hunting at O Day Wetland Area
Combined with the adjacent Gee-Hruska Wetland Area, there are 45 acres of wetland and upland habitat for hunting waterfowl, pheasant and quail.
 
Hunting Hunting at Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area
Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area has 165 acres and is excellent for hunting turkey, deer, quail, squirrels and rabbits.
 
Hunting Hunting at Missouri Bottoms Wetland Area
There are 240 acres of restored wetland and upland habitat for hunting waterfowl as well as pheasant and quail.
 
Hunting Hunting at Willow Lake Recreation Area
A large portion of Willow Lake Recreation Area is open to hunting. Food plots planted by Harrison County Conservation enhance the habitat for many kinds of wildlife including deer, pheasants, quail, and waterfowl. The area is predominantly mixed native prairie with scattered woodlands. Small impoundments also provide wetland habitat. Six miles of trails provide access to hunting areas. Hunting is not allowed in developed areas, including the headquarters area, campground, and near cabins. Please use the main park road to access public hunting land.
Hunting Hunting at Schaben Park
On most of this 77-acre park, there is hunting for pheasant, quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and deer. No hunting in the campground.


 
Hunting Hunting at Gee-Hruska Wetland Area
Combined with the adjacent O'Day Wetland Area, there are 45 acres of wetland and upland habitat for hunting waterfowl, pheasant and quail.
 
Hunting Hunting at Vaile Wetland Nature Area
Vaile Wetland Nature Area has 280 acres of seasonal wetland habitat for migrating waterfowl. In addition to excellent waterfowl hunting, there is also native upland habitat for pheasant and quail.
Hunting Hunting at Old Town Conservation Area
There are 341 acres of woodland and restored prairie for hunting deer, turkey, pheasant and small game.
 
Picnicking Picnicking at Schaben Park
This quiet and secluded park is the perfect place to picnic with friends and family.  The open-sided shelter overlooks a beautiful 6 acre fishing lake.  Hiking trails and playground are nearby.
Picnicking Picnicking at Schley Park
There is a picnic shelter with a cooking grill.
 
Picnicking Picnicking at Harrison County Historical Village Welcome Center
Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch after touring the Historical Museum and browsing the Welcome Center giftshop.  The picnic shelter is located  within the village square overlooking the historic Lincoln Highway.  Restrooms and tourism information are available at the Welcome Center.
Picnicking Picnicking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Picnic areas offer a beautiful view of Willow Lake with tables and charcoal grills. There is also a small and large shelter house that can be reserved or used on a first come, first serve basis. A playground, beach, and latrines are nearby.

Picnicking Picnicking at Roadside Rest Area
There are picnic tables and a charcoal grill. 
 

 
Picnicking Picnicking at Murray Hill Scenic Overlook
Picnic tables are located up the hill from the parking lot.
Swimming Swimming at Willow Lake Recreation Area
The swimming beach is open to the public Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Please be aware there is no lifeguard; swim at your own risk. Nearby are picnic areas, playground, and latrines.

Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
This 222 acre parks offers six miles of prairie and woodland trails. Smart Trail interpretive signs using QR (quick response) codes allow users to learn about the Loess Hills and Iowa's natural resources. Willow Lake Recreation Area trails include:
  • Winding Willow Way Trail
  • Whispering Pines Trail
  • Prairie Passeur Trail
  • Red Tail Ridge Trail
  • Cricket Creek Trail
  • Nature Center Trail
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area
There is a network of trails through woodland and ridge top prairies.
 
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Old Town Conservation Area
There are six miles of hiking trails through restored prairie and woodland habitats.
 
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Schaben Park
There are two miles of trails through woodland and prairie. Smart Trail interpretive signs using QR (quick response) codes allow users to learn about the Loess Hills and Iowa's natural resources.
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Ice fishing is a very popular winter activity as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the six miles of trails.