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Willow Lake Recreation Area

Cabins Cabins at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Looking for a "home away from home" when you go camping? There are six rental cabins at the Willow Lake Recreation Area near Woodbine, Iowa. The deluxe cabins feature a full kitchen, bath, and bedrooms, while the camping cabins have heat/air and electricity with water and restrooms available outside. All cabins are handicapped accessible. No pets allowed.

Choose from:

King Cabin (sleeps 12)
Scotch Pine Cabin (sleeps 12)
White Pine Cabin (sleeps 8)
Red Oak Cabin (sleeps 6)
Hemlock Cabin (sleeps 6)
Black Walnut Cabin (sleeps 6)
Camping Camping at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Enjoy both tent camping and RV camping at Willow Lake campground. Willow Lake campground is nestled among the trees just steps from the water. The campground has 41 electrical sites with water hydrants nearby. Full restroom and shower facilities are also located in the campground.  Shower house open April through October. The nearby town of Woodbine has a dump station located in the city park for use by campers.
Canoeing & Kayaking Canoeing & Kayaking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
There is a 27-acre fishing lake for electric motors only with boat ramp access. Canoeing and kayaking is a great activity at the Willow Lake Recreation Area.
Fishing Fishing at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Willow Lake Recreation Area has a 27-acre lake with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, and crappie. The legal size limit of bass is 15 inches or more; anything under must be released immediately. There is a boat ramp and parking lot; electric motors only. Three 75 feet long fishing jetties also provide access to deeper waters without the need for a boat.

Geocaching Geocaching at Willow Lake Recreation Area
This high tech scavenger hunt is a great way to explore the Willow Lake Recreation Area. Caches have been placed and maintained by volunteers; please contact HCCB at 712-647-2785 before placing a cache. Check geocaching.com for more information.
Hunting Hunting at Willow Lake Recreation Area
A large portion of Willow Lake Recreation Area is open to hunting. Food plots planted by Harrison County Conservation enhance the habitat for many kinds of wildlife including deer, pheasants, quail, and waterfowl. The area is predominantly mixed native prairie with scattered woodlands. Small impoundments also provide wetland habitat. Six miles of trails provide access to hunting areas. Hunting is not allowed in developed areas, including the headquarters area, campground, and near cabins. Please use the main park road to access public hunting land.
Picnicking Picnicking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Picnic areas offer a beautiful view of Willow Lake with tables and charcoal grills. There is also a small and large shelter house that can be reserved or used on a first come, first serve basis. A playground, beach, and latrines are nearby.

Swimming Swimming at Willow Lake Recreation Area
The swimming beach is open to the public Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Please be aware there is no lifeguard; swim at your own risk. Nearby are picnic areas, playground, and latrines.

Trails & Hiking Trails & Hiking at Willow Lake Recreation Area
This 222 acre parks offers six miles of prairie and woodland trails. Smart Trail interpretive signs using QR (quick response) codes allow users to learn about the Loess Hills and Iowa's natural resources. Willow Lake Recreation Area trails include:
  • Winding Willow Way Trail
  • Whispering Pines Trail
  • Prairie Passeur Trail
  • Red Tail Ridge Trail
  • Cricket Creek Trail
  • Nature Center Trail
Winter Activities Winter Activities at Willow Lake Recreation Area
Ice fishing is a very popular winter activity as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on the six miles of trails.