Glissman Conservation Area

Glissman Pond in fall
Glissman Pond in fall
Glissman lodge exterior
Glissman Lodge living room

Glissman Conservation Area is approximately 5 miles southwest of Adel along the Raccoon River Greenbelt. Enjoy the outdoors as you experience a diversity of wildlife and plant species in peaceful seclusion. Recreational opportunities include fishing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, bird watching, picnicking, and mushroom hunting.

Additionally, Glissman Lodge is located at Glissman Conservation Area. The whole family can enjoy peaceful seclusion and outdoor recreation, while having access to the modern amenities of home.


Glissman Conservation Area
32185 Panther Creek Road
Adel, IA
·From Adel, go west on County Road F60 (Old Hwy 6) approximately 3 miles to Panther Creek Road
·Turn south on Panther Creek Rd and proceed approx. 1 mile to a T-intersection.
·Turn left (east) to stay on Panther Creek Rd. Go east for approx. ¼ mile, then turn back to the right (south).
·The entrance to the area is on the right (west) side of the road, just before the road bends to the east.


Glissman Conservation Area Features
·60 acres of oak and hickory woodlands
·2.5 acres grasslands
·7.5 acre pond, perfect for fishing, kayaking, canoeing
·Location of Glissman Lodge, a ranch-style home available for rent, sleeps up to 8
·Modern restrooms are not available for park users

Glissman Lodge Features
·Air conditioned
·Fully-equipped kitchen, including microwave, stove/oven, dishwasher, coffeemaker, full-size fridge
·3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 8 people
     o   Bedroom 1-Queen bed
     o   Bedroom 2-Bunkbed
     o   Bedroom 3-Bunkbed
     o   Living room-Futon
·2 full bathrooms
·Dining room
·Living room with fireplace
·Basement game room, including ping-pong table, foosball table, and TV
·Deck with panoramic view
·Firepit, grill, and picnic tables
·Please note that pillows, towels, and linens are not furnished

Operating Hours & Seasons

Glissman Conservation Area is open ½ hour before sunrise and closed at 10:00 p.m. each day.

Glissman Lodge is available to rent May through October, with April and November rentals possible if weather conditions permit.


The gate remains locked unless there is a interpretive program in session; however, you are welcome to park your vehicle at the gate and walk in.


Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220 
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: 515-465-3577