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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!]

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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

Public trap shooting dates at the Florence Trap Shooting Range

Lake Catherine Cabin Information:

Lake Catherine Cabin brochure

Available dates at the Lake Catherine Cabin

Lake Catherine Cabin reservation form

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There are 13 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!

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The Summer issue of "The Prairie Country Quarterly" is now available!
Read it here!

Be sure to check out the July edition
of the "Outdoor Journal", as well!

The last three July public shooting sessions Florence Trap
                                              Shooting Range
at the Florence Trap Shooting Range
will be Wednesday, July 22nd, from 5:00-7:00 PM,
Sunday, July 26th, from 2:00-4:00 PM,
and Wednesday, July 29th, from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Now, if you're camping at either Thorpe Park or Dahle Park,
you can receive emergency text alerts.
Simply text either THORPE or DAHLE to 69310
to receive alerts anytime a severe weather alert is issued for that area.
Remember to text STOP when you leave.

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

Summer cabin rates are now in effect:
$50 a weeknight & $65 on Friday and Saturday nights

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  For more information about the cabin,
you can download the following items:
Lake Catherine Cabin Brochure
Lake Catherine Cabin Rental Policy
Lake Catherine Cabin Rental Agreement
Available Dates

If you have kids or grandkids, consider borrowing one of our
"Young Naturalist Backpacks!"

boy with
                                                        treeThese backpacks can be checked out for up to two weeks
and contain fun items to help kids enjoy the outdoors,
such as binoculars, nets, tweezers, books, journals, coloring books, and outdoor activities. They're great for camping trips, vacations, or just hanging out at home!

The backpacks come in six different themes:
Nature Discovery
Ponds and Streams
Nature Art
and Young Explorer.

If you'd like more information, or if you'd like to reserve a backpack, contact Winnebago County Naturalist Lisa Ralls at 641-565-3390.   

Public trap shooting dates have been set for the Florence Trap Shooting Range
for June and July.
Click here to find out when the range will be open for public shooting!

Florence Trap

Hogsback shelter
For those of you contemplating a trip to the
 Hogsback Shooting Range northwest of Lake Mills,
you might want to read this testimonial we received about the range...

"Finally got to come up and use your shooting range.
Was impressed and will be returning soon.
Thanks for keeping it public and open.
Not everyone can shoot 9-5 and on weekends."

Thank you to everyone who respectfully uses the range.
We hope you enjoy it!