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Catfish Cabin

3338 Hickory Hills Road
Ph: 319-342-3350
La Porte City, IA, 50651

This all season cabin lets you experience camping without pulling a trailer or pitching a tent. This cabin has two bedrooms, open style kitchen/living room/dining room, a bathroom with shower and kitchen. It is heated and air-conditioned. Enjoy the beautiful setting from the 12' x 24' deck. The cabin is accessible to persons with disabilities.

This cabin is intended for overnight stays of no more than 6 people. Using cabins for large group gatherings and/or as a support facility for a large gathering is prohibited. Examples of large gatherings include but are not limited to: graduation parties, family reunions, bachelor/bachelorette parties, fundraising events, weddings, etc. Shelters & lodges are available for these types of events. This cabin does not have the space or parking to accommodate these large events.

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Black Hawk County Conservation is working on two exciting park improvement projects for Hickory Hills Park. A new wastewater treatment facility and Casey Lake Renovations.

We are working with engineers to secure our construction permit for replacement of the Hickory Hills Park sewage lagoon. The new septic tank and absorption mound will utilize the same general area as the current lagoon. Park users can expect construction to begin in 2022 with completion fall of 2022 or spring of 2023.

Additionally, we have partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to improve the water quality of Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park. Engineers are working to access the lake and the surrounding watershed to determine necessary project elements. Park users should expect to see work begin on the Casey Lake watershed project elements in 2022. A later phase of this project will include drawdown of Casey Lake and sediment removal. This project is a phased project and will occur across several years. The anticipated project timeframe is 2022 – 2025.

If you are looking to reserve cabins, shelters, campsites, or the Lakeview Lodge, please consider that during your reservation period, the normal quiet, scenic Hickory Hills Park may be interrupted with ongoing construction work including, operation of construction vehicles and disturbed areas of the park including the eventual drawdown and excavation of Casey Lake.  Reservations placed after the posting of this notice will not be refunded for reasons associated with any of the said construction occurrences.


This cabin is located along Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park.


This cabin accommodates six people. One bedroom has a queen size bed & the other bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. Kitchen furnishings include a microwave, gas stove with oven, refrigerator, sink with hot & cold running water, table & chairs, ceiling fan, mop and broom. A coffee pot, 12" fry pan, 2 qt saucepan, pizza pan, spatula and spoon are also provided. The living room has a sofa, side chair and a TV/DVD. A picnic table and fire ring is provided outside.
The renter provides:
1. Complete linens, mattress pads, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. (i.e. queen size sheets; twin size sheets for bunk beds)
2. Eating utensils, etc. (i.e. table service, matches, can opener)
3. Dish soap, dishcloth, dishtowel and potholders.
4. Towels, washcloth, soap and shampoo.
Fire ring
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Table
Pressurized water
Shower facilities
Table with chairs


Two-night minimum for a reservation - $98.70/night
Three-night minimum for a Holiday Weekend - $296.10

If YOU decide to cancel, 50% of the rental fee will be returned ONLY IF the cabin is re-rented for those nights.

A date change will be allowed ONE time only & can only be made by calling the Conservation Office at (319) 433-7275 and will be assessed a $25 administrative fee. 

A damage deposit of $100.00 is due two weeks prior to your stay. If you are making a reservation less than two weeks from now, please send your deposit immediately. The deposit MUST be cash, check or money order; NO CREDIT CARDS. The deposit must be mailed into the main office at 1346 West Airline Highway, Waterloo, IA 50703. The deposit will be returned if you cancel the reservation or if the cabin and grounds are vacated in good, clean condition and equipment/furnishings not lost or damaged. All or part of the deposit may be retained against cleanup costs, damage, or loss incurred. If the deposit amount does not cover such costs, the renter is held responsible for additional payment.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

This cabin is open all year long.

Renters may check into the cabin after 3:00 PM 

Renters are required to check out by 11:00 AM                                                                      


This cabin does not close, it is open all year long.