Iowa Native : Butterfly Milkweed

We're developing an
Education Center
here in
Winnebago County!

Want to help out?
Join us!

Friends of
Winnebago County
Foundation, Inc.

Check out our
Facebook page
We know you'll "like" us!
And check out our
Twitter feed here!

  Thorpe Park web cam
(requires Quicktime)

deer on the web cam



Report fish and wildlife
violations to the Turn in
Poachers (TIP) Program by
calling 1-800-532-2020.
Provide as much information
as possible while remaining
annonymous. A conservation
officer will be dispatched to

WCCB Contact Information:

34496 110th Avenue
Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: 641-565-3390
Toll-Free: 888-841-8580

[Please do not call us if you need information about rural recycling. Instead, call Waste Management at 800-247-1012. Thank you!]

Email Us

General Downloads:

WCCB brochure

Winnebago River Water Trail brochure

Permit application for the Holland Youth Hunting Area

Map to Thorpe Park

Northland Nature Trail guide (Thorpe Park)

No Spray Request agreement

No Spray section map

Young Naturalist Backpack flyer

Lake Catherine Cabin Information:

Lake Catherine Cabin brochure

Available dates at the Lake Catherine Cabin
Our cabin calendar is temporarily down. Please call for available dates.

Lake Catherine Cabin reservation form

    geocaching logo
There are 10 permitted geocaches hidden on WCCB areas!
Check out these geocaches by clicking on the links on our Environmental Education or Parks and Wildlife Areas pages!


Welcome to the Winnebago County Conservation Board,
one of 99 county conservation boards in Iowa.

We are located in the rolling hills of north-central Iowa's prairie pothole region.

Our purpose is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone and to protect and conserve our natural resources.

Scroll down for the latest news and browse through our web site often to see what we have to offer! And, be sure to contact us if you have any comments or questions!

Read the Fall edition of "The Prairie Country Quarterly" here!
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter,and Pinterest, as well.
And also be sure to read our monthly Outdoor Journal.

The WCCB wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to
John Carlson of Lake Mills
for his 15 years of service on the board!
John is retiring from the WCCB at the end of the month.
Thank you, John, for all you've done for conservation
here in Winnebago County!

John Carlson retirement

(Shown in the photo above is Robert Schwartz, WCCB Director,
and board members Tim Missal, John Carlson,
Nancy Helm, and Rick Hofbauer.
Missing is board member Mike Korth.)


Vehicle For Sale - Bids Accepted

The Winnebago County Conservation Board is accepting sealed bids for the following vehicle:
(1) 1999 Ford F250, 3/4 ton, 4x4 pickup, 5.4L cylinder gas engine, 5-speed manual transmission with approximately 138,142 miles.
Vehicle will be sold as is. The vehicle can be seen at the Thorpe Park Office,
34496 110th Ave., Forest City (5 miles west of Forest City on 345th Street).
The Board reserves the right to accept or refuse all bids. 

Send sealed bids to: 
Winnebago County Conservation Board, 34496 110th Ave., Forest City, IA 50436.
Bidding deadline is 4 P.M., February 8th, 2018.

For more information call 641-565-3390.

(Photos can be seen on our Facebook page.)

Treat yourself to a relaxing stay  
at the Lake Catherine Cabin!

cabin ad

  For more information about the cabin,
you can download the following items:
Lake Catherine Cabin Brochure
Lake Catherine Cabin Rental Policy
Lake Catherine Cabin Reservation Form
Available Dates
Our cabin calendar is temporarily down.
Please call for available dates.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cabin rates are $57.75/weeknight and $73.50/Friday and Saturday nights.
(These rates include sales tax.)

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If so, you can help out our
Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation!

Just click here and you can designate us
as your preferred charitable organization!
Then, each time you shop, go to
and .5% of your qualified purchases will be donated to our foundation.
It's an easy way to donate, and it doesn't cost you anything!

For more information about AmazonSmile, click here.

Be sure to check it out. And, thank you!


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