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School House

3100 Bell's Mill Road
Stratford, IA, 50249
The School House at Bell's Mill is a reminder of the past and is original to the Stratford area.  The school has electricity 8 foot tables and folding chairs and wood burning stove for heat. 


Located near the shower/restroom facility.


  • Enclosed picnic shelter - no air conditioning
  • Shelter capacity - 25-30
  • 5 tables inside, plus folding chairs
  • Wood stove inside for heat
  • Electric
  • Restroom nearby
  • Lighting available for evening use
  • SEASON:  April 1 - October 31
Carry in/carry out refuse
Firewood available
On-site resident host
Pets prohibited
Refuse cans
Table with chairs


  • $40 for the day
  • $40 refundable deposit  
  • Mail Deposit to:  Hamilton County Conservation, 2490 Briggs Woods Trail, Webster City, IA  50595
  • Reservations may be made up to TWO YEARS in advance.
  • Rental must be in the name of a person that is 18 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation. (21 years of age is there is to be wine or beer present at the event)

Hours of Operation & Seasons

The School House is a seasonal facility, available for reservations from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm daily from April 1 thru October 31. 
  • Park Hours are 5:00 am to 10:30 pm
  • Reservations should plan to have their event concluded, cleaned-up and exit the park by 10:30 pm


  • All laws of the State of Iowa are in effect.
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Keg beer is prohibited
  • Tables must remain inside the shelter
  • Clean-up of facility must be completed no later than 10:00 pm
  • We have a No Refund policy; however, if you need to cancel your reservation you have one opportunity to reschedule. Be sure to read the Facility Contract for details.
  • Please contact the office for additional information - 515-832-9570