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  Thorpe Park web cam
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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

Florence Trap Shooting dates

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!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter,and Pinterest!

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

And, be sure to check out the May edition
of the "Outdoor Journal", as well!

Plenty of seats are still available for our "Iowa's Natural History" Bus Tour.
Check out our "Events" page for more information
Also, don't forget to send in your entries for our
"Discover Winnebago County" Photo Contest,
sponsored by the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation.
The deadline is June 24th.
It's easy to enter, and you could win prizes and have your photos displayed at the Winnebago County Fair.
So, grab your camera and head outdoors!
Click here for all the details!

Thorpe Park Concert Scheduled!

Come hear singer Will Schmitt
as he brings his "Spirit of Chautauqua" concert to Winnebago County!
The concert is sponsored by
the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation
and will be held at Thorpe Park on Sunday evening, June 12th, from 6:00-7:00 PM. So, bring along some lawn chairs, snacks, and drinks,
and join us for some wonderful outdoor music!


If you need an incentive to get outdoors, Thorpe Park Web Cam
check out these wonderful web cams!

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Web Cams

Decorah Eagle Nest

Thorpe Park Web Cam

Announcing the "Discover Winnebago County Photo Contest", sponsored by
the Friends of Winnebago County Conservation Foundation!
For more information, click here!

Thorpe Park in fog

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

Summer rates are now in effect...
$50/night during the week, $65/night 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 Reservation Form
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.