Gilbertson Conservation Education Area

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground Sheltherhouse
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground Sheltherhouse
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground
Gilbertson Nature Center
Hart Dummermuth Historical House

Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
Petting Zoo

A 345 acrea park located along the banks of the Turkey River on the East Side of Elgin, Iowa.  This beautiful are is lined with streams and bottomlands surrounded by the palisade limestone bluffs for which norteast Iowa is so famous.  The late Millard Gilbertson of Elgin donated the original three hundered and twenty-semve ares to the Fayette County Conservation Board in 1986.

This unique are offers something for everyone with a canoe access, paved 1/4 mile trail that is wheelchair accessible, playgound, shelter house, modern campground with dump sation, sinks, showers, flush toilets and 28 elecrical hook up sites. [1810 Agate Road]  Over 5 miles of trails are availble for hikers, non-motorized bikes, horseback riders and in the wintertime cross-country skiing.  Parts of the park are open to public hunting.  One can fish in the pond or the Turkey River.

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Location

The Gilbertson Conservation Education Area is located East of Elgin, Iowa.

The Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground is located at 1810 Agate Road.

The Gilbertson Nature Center, Conner and Mavis Dummermuth Historical Building, Hart Dummermuth Historical Building, and Petting Zoo are located at 22580 A Avenue.

Features

The Whole Park Features:
  • 5 miles plus of Hiking, Horseback Riding, Non-motorized, Cross-country Skiing, Snow Shoeing
  • Bird Watching
  • Part of the park are open to public hunting.
Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Campground side Features:
  • 28 electrical sites 
  • 8 non electrical sites
  • Equestrian Camping Area - Primitive
  • Bathhouse with flush toilets, sinks, and showers 
  • Dump Station
  • Water Refill Hydrants
  • Shelter House
  • Playground
  • Pit Toilets
  • 1/4 mile paved trail
  • Canoe access to the Turkey River
  • Fishing in the Turkey River
The East Side of the Gilbertson Conservation Education Area Features:
  • Gilbertson Nature Center
  • Mavis and Conner Dummermuth Historical Building
  • Hart Dummermuth Historical Building
  • Petting Zoo
  • Fishing in a pond where one can catch Large Mouth Bass, Blue Gill, Crappie, Channel Cat and Rock Bass
The Gilbertson Nature Center Features:
  • Live Animals
  • Mounted Animals
  • Study Skins
  • Flush Toilets
  • Drinking Water
  • and more


Operating Hours & Seasons

The Buildings and Petting Zoo are open to the public from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day Wednesday - Sunday 11 AM - 7 PM or by appointment. For more information call 563-426-5740 or e-mail: gncfccb@alpinecom.net