Southwood Conservation Area

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Located one mile southwest of Smithland, this area highlights some of the Loess Hills' open grassland and timbered areas.
Two ponds located in the park are stocked with bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Electric motors may be used in the ponds.

Trails of the area take the visitor through a variety of habitats. A self-guided nature trail brochure is available at the trail head. Numerous bluebird boxes have been erected in the area and visitors may catch a glimpse of the brilliant, blue birds.


Located one mile southwest of Smithland.

3402 330th Street
Smithland, IA 51056

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On-site facilities include:

  • two one-bedroom family cabins (fee charged) 
  • electric campsites (fee charged)
  • tent or non-electrical campsites (fee charged)
  • shower house with flush toilets and hot water
  • dump station
  • picnic areas
  • fishing dock hiking trails
  • equestrian trails and horse trailer parking lot
  • 3D archery range (April 15 to October 15)
  • native grass demonstration plots
  • hunting (October 15 to May 15) Restrictions: no centerfire rifles and no trapping
  • winter activities: hunting, ice fishing, cross country skiing, hiking trails available. Snowmobiling is not allowed

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park facilities are open and pressurized water systems are available May 1 through October 31. 

Cabins are now open year-round! 

Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and feature self-registration. 

Firewood is available from the park officer for a nominal fee. 

Camping Fees
~ $17/day for Non-Electric Sites 
~ $25/day for Electric & Water Sites 
~ $5/bundle for Firewood 


Park facilities are open May 1 through October 31. Cabins are now open year-round!