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Snow Bunting Lodge

 ***** NOTICE:  Lake restoration work in progress. 

The interior portion of Hickory Grove Park and the east game area will be closed for 2019. This includes the beach and swimming area, concessions, open shelter houses on the north side of the lake, Oriole Ridge Lodge, and all trails. 

Camping will be allowed at Breezy Bay and the primitive campground between Thursday, May 23 – Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 ONLY.  Campers are restricted to the immediate campground only. 

Snow Bunting Lodge will be available for rent between May 23 – September 3, 2019 ONLY.  Activites are restricted to the immediate area.

Check our website at www.storycountyconservation.org for updates on the lake restoration project.

Snow Bunting Lodge is located on the south side of the lake. It is available to reserve from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. between April 1 - October 31 of each year. Reservations must be made at least five days in advance. Reservations for the next calendar year are available after November 1. If not reserved, the lodge may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Snow Bunting Lodge accommodates up to 75 people and includes a fireplace, picnic tables both inside and outside, a drinking fountain, and grill.  A portable toilet is placed near the parking area between April 1 - October 31. Firewood may be requested with a reservation for no additional fee. 



67423 255th Street, Colo, Iowa 50056          


Snow Bunting Lodge is an enclosed shelter featuring a fireplace, windows, electric outlets, picnic tables inside and outside, grill, and water hydrant.  A portable toilet is placed near the parking area between April 1 - October 31.

Water/sewer services may be closed at any time to prevent freezing.

Carry in/carry out refuse
Firewood available
Pet Friendly
Picnic Table
Refuse cans


FEE. $50.00 per reservation.

DEPOSITS. A damage deposit of $100.00 is required for rental of any SCC facility. If alcohol (beer/wine) is being consumed--cans, bottles, or one keg--the damage deposit is $200.00. For two kegs (more than two kegs is prohibited)--the damage deposit is $275.00. The standard $100 damage deposit is automatically added to the reservation fee. To include alcohol during your reservation you must select the appropriate additional damage deposit.

All or a portion of any deposit may be withheld if additional clean-up or repairs beyond normal maintenance are required. Staff time for clean-up will be charged in one-hour increments at $30/hour (one-hour minimum). These deposits are not a limit of liability for damage to county property. Facility renters are responsible for any damage done to SCC facilities and grounds. The Board may utilize all legal remedies to recover damages.

Damage deposits for reservations made within three months of the event date will be refunded to the credit card used to make payment. Deposits for reservations made more than three months prior to the event date will be returned via check issued by the Story County Auditor's office.  Please allow up to four weeks for processing.

SPECIAL EVENTS. A permit is required to hold an event meeting any of the following criteria on SCC owned or managed land: 

  1. Any event or gathering not sponsored by the SCC and including 250 people or more.
  2. Any event or gathering charging admission or charging for services regardless of the number of people.
  3. Any event utilizing a party tent, amplified music, or in-ground stakes/signs.  

A $75.00 non-refundable filing fee will be assessed for approved special events. Please call the conservation office if your event/gathering will require a special events permit.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Park hours are 5:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily. 


This area is open year round unless weather or road conditions necessitate closure.