Willow Lake Recreation Area







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Willow Lake Recreation Area is the headquarters for Harrison County Conservation Board with administrative offices and maintenance shop located on the hill above the park. It has 220 acres for multiple outdoor recreation opportunities. There is a 27-acre fishing lake with boat ramp access, fishing jetties, handicap fishing pier, swimming beach, playground and playscape, picnic shelters, campground with electricity and water as well as shower houses with restrooms (open April 1st through October 31st-WEATHER DEPENDENT). There is no dump station, however, one is located at the city park in the town of Woodbine. Firewood can be purchased from either the camphost or at the office. 

There are also six rental cabins available-click on the facilities link on the left for more information or to make a reservation. There are 6 miles of hiking trails with Smart Trail interpretive signs using QR (quick response) codes allow users to learn about the Loess Hills and Iowa's natural resources.

The Nature Encounter Center has natural history displays and live animals like turtles and snakes. With both prairie and woodland habitat, public hunting is allowed on a portion of the area for pheasant, quail, turkey, squirrel, rabbit and deer. The Willow Lake Recreation Area is also an excellent location for bird watching, especially migrating songbirds and waterfowl as well as finding morel mushrooms. 



Location

Located 6 miles northwest of Woodbine on F20L (Easton Trail).

Features

  • Campground with electricity and water hydrants (no dump station)
  • Shower houses with restrooms (open April 1st-October 31st-WEATHER DEPENDENT)
  • Firewood for sale
  • Latrines
  • Rental cabins
  • Hiking trails
  • Swimming beach
  • 27-acre fishing lake; electric motors only
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing jetties and pier
  • Picnic shelters
  • Playground and playscape
  • Nature Center and Administrative Offices
  • Prairie and woodland habitats


Closures

Park gate is closed to vehicles January 31st to April 1st, walk in only.