Activities

 
Boating Boating at Big Sioux Park
A new concrete boat ramp was constructed in the summer of 2008, and added to in 2012, making access to the Big Sioux River much easier.
Boating Boating at Millsite River Access
A concrete boat ramp makes accessing the Big Sioux River, near Westfield, easy.
Cabins Cabins at Hillview Recreation Area
There are two camping cabins available in the Deer Ridge Campground at Hillview Park.
Camping Camping at Hillview Recreation Area
Three campgrounds at Hillview offer a camping trip right for you.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Hillview Recreation Area
We have a small pond perfect for new paddlers to get used to the feel of their canoe/ kayak. Plymouth County Conservation has a 5 canoes for rental at Hillview Recreation Area. 
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Big Sioux Park
A new boat ramp constructed in 2008, and added to in 2012, makes accessing the Big Sioux easy at this park. Be aware that you will have to share this ramp with larger boats too.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Millsite River Access
A concrete boat ramp making launching a canoe or kayak into the Big Sioux River very easy.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Southeast Wildwood
A small pond would give a new paddlers a great chance to try out a canoe or kayak.
Education Education at Hillview Recreation Area
A large variety of educational activities take place at Hillview Recreation Area. School field trips, scout programs, campground programs, hikes, talks, clinics, and summer camps are just some of the activities offered throughout the year. See the 'Education' tab on the Plymouth County home page to view our Adventure Guide which lists all of our programs in Plymouth County. 
Fishing Fishing at Hillview Recreation Area
A 4 acre, stocked pond offers great fishing opportunities to young and old. Bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish populate this small pond.  
Fishing Fishing at Big Sioux Park
Fish the Big Sioux River from the river bank at the park, or drop your boat in the river. Channel cats and walleye are among a few species to fish for in the river.
Fishing Fishing at Meadow Wildlife Area
A small, stocked,  pond offers a variety of fish for an angler to catch.
Fishing Fishing at Boyd's Bend
A short hike will take you to great fishing on the Big Sioux River.
Fishing Fishing at Southeast Wildwood
There is a small fishing pond with a dock at this park. A variety of panfish can be caught in this pond.  
Fishing Fishing at Millsite River Access
Whether you prefer to fish from a boat or from the shore, Millsite offers great fishing opportunities for you.
Fishing Fishing at E.C. Lippke Wetland
A short walk will take you to an ox bow lake or to the Big Sioux River.
Hunting Hunting at Five Ridge Prairie
Five Ridge is a open to hunting, but it is a state preserve so there are some special restrictions.
Hunting Hunting at Millsite River Access
The 16 acre Millsite is open to hunting during Iowa hunting seasons.
Hunting Hunting at O'Brien Prairie
Hunting is allowed at O'Brien Prairie during Iowa hunting seasons.
Hunting Hunting at Southeast Wildwood
Hunting is allowed at this park during all Iowa hunting seasons.
Hunting Hunting at E.C. Lippke Wetland
An oxbow lake, prairie grasses, and a river bottom forest offer great hunting opportunities along the Big Sioux River.
Hunting Hunting at Meadow Wildlife Area
Meadow Wildlife Area is open to hunting during all Iowa hunting seasons.
Hunting Hunting at Boyd's Bend
This area has a grassland, oxbow lakes, and timber, making it the perfect spot to hunt deer, turkey, pheasant, waterfowl, and other small game.
Hunting Hunting at Birkley's Bend
Hunting is allowed in this park during all Iowa hunting seasons. This park has great pheasant, turkey, and deer habitat.
Hunting Hunting at Big Sioux Park
Hunting is allowed during all Iowa hunting seasons.
Hunting Hunting at Hillview Recreation Area
The north side of Hillview is open to hunting from October 15th- December 31st. Prairie grasses and an oak timber make this area a good place to hunt pheasant and deer. You may construct a tree stand 7 days prior to OCTOBER 15TH until 7 days after the final day of that season.
Picnicking Picnicking at Hillview Recreation Area
A large picnic shelter is available on a first come first served basis (without electricity) or for rent (with electricity) on the south side of Hillview. The shelter has 18 picnic tables, electrical outlets, a water fountain, restrooms, and a water hydrant in the area. A large parking lot will allow picnickers easy access to the shelter. This shelter is perfect for a family reunion, graduation party, or wedding reception.

To reserve the shelter, call us at (712)947-4271. 

In addition to this shelter, a number of other picnic areas are spread out all over the park.
Swimming Swimming at Hillview Recreation Area
A swimming beach is available at the pond in Hillview.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Hillview Recreation Area
Hillview has a number of trails that can be short loops or can connect to other trails taking you on a long walk through the park. Trails wind through oak forests, prairies, and around the pond. The trails are the best places to observe the abundant wildlife in the park.
Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Five Ridge Prairie
Mowed fire breaks offer a number of paths for hikers and cross country skiers alike. Sign posts with the exit to the parking lot are clearly marked throughout the fire break system. Spend an hour or all day hiking the unique landform the loess hills have provided. This is a very large, hilly park, so be sure you let someone know where you will be and when you will be back. Take a map along, and DO NOT cross any fences. Crossing a fence will take you out of our park boundaries and will make it much harder to rescue a lost hiker.
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Five Ridge Prairie
Though it will be a hilly trip, there are trails suitable for cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Five Ridge. Trail sign posts and a map make it easy to find our way around the park.
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Hillview Recreation Area
Tubing Hill
Cross Country Skiing
Snowshoeing