Basswood Recreation Area

The 69 acre tract, located just north and east of Hwy 18 river bridge west of Emmetsburg, partially borders the West Des Moines River.  Most of Basswood is floodplain timber, with silver maple, cottonwood, willow and basswood trees dominating.  Re-planted prairie, a food plot, and two one acre wetlands provide diversity for wildlife.  Deer, woodducks, squirrel, pheasant, raccoon, fox, beaver, mink, and a variety of songbirds including cardinals are all common at Basswood.  Facilities include picnic shelters, pit restrooms, and a sledding hill at the north end.  Picnic tables and fire rings have also been added to the south end.  Trails at Basswood make a figure 8 pattern with two loops.  The south loop is mostly mixed prairie surrounded by trees with the river running along the west side.  The distance of the south loop is .6 mile.  The north loop is mostly woodland with the river running along the west side.  The distance of the north loop is .7 mile.  Trails are excellent for hiking or skiing.  Enjoy fishing and hunting (wetland & upland) at Basswood.  Boat ramp gives access to West Fork of the Des Moines River.


1 mile west of Emmetsburg, Iowa.  There are two entries to Basswood:

#1.  4479 360th Street, Emmetsburg, Iowa (off of Hwy. 18)

#2.  3563 450th Avenue, Emmetsburg, Iowa (driveway is closed from May 15 to September 15 and may be temporarily closed during wet conditions or for road maintenance)


Picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, rock riffle, boat ramp, and hunting.