Ruth Hanson Wildlife Area

The Ruth Hanson Wildlife Area is a 160 acre wildlife management area with public hunting allowed.  The area is entirely forested with floodplain timber that includes cottonwood, silver maple, walnut,  and some oaks.  Nearly 1 1/2 miles of the North Raccoon River runs through the area with several oxbows included. Hunting opportunity for deer, turkeys, waterfowl, furbearers and small game is provided here.  The North Raccoon River provides  fishing opportunity.  The area is 3/4 mile long with access only along one side, providing for quality deer and turkey hunting for those willing to walk a distance.


The Ruth Hanson Wildlife Area is located 3.5 miles southwest of Rippey on county pavement E57, south 1.5 miles on Terrace Avenue, and one mile west on 318th Street. It is in sections 19 and 30 of Washington Township.


    - 160 acre wildlife area.

    - Open to public hunting with opportunity for deer, turkeys, furbearers, waterfowl and small game.

    - 1.5 miles of the North Raccoon River provides fishing opportunity.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Ruth Hanson Wildlife Area is open all year and 24 hours a day.  A level B access road provides limited access during wet conditions.