This area partially borders the West Des Moines River. A portion of this land used to be a car salvage yard. Most of Basswood is floodplain timber, with Silver Maple, Cottonwood, Willow and Basswood trees dominating. A replanted prairie and a food plot provide diversity for wildlife.
1 mile west of Emmetsburg, Iowa. There are two entries to Basswood: #1. 4479 360th Street, Emmetsburg, Iowa (off of Hwy. 18)
#2. 3563 450th Avenue, Emmetsburg, Iowa (driveway is closed from May 15 to September 15 and may be temporarily closed during wet conditions or for road maintenance)
Picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, rock riffle, boat ramp, and hunting.