Our Parks and Places

Horseshoe Bend campground open

After being closed due to storm damage, Horseshoe Bend’s campground will reopen this weekend. Thank you for your patience as it was cleaned up. Would you like to comment on the availability of camping in the area? Fill out our short survey (Click Here)!

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Bee hives installed at nature center

The Dickinson County Nature Center is buzzing with activity. Literally. A new indoor bee hive exhibit was displayed, along with an outdoor hive, at the Okoboji nature center in early May. About 10,000 Ohio-bred honey bees (apis mellifera carnica) have now made their home inside a glass-enclosed hive inside the nature center. They are fed…

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Osprey camera affected by storm

Due to the short rainstorm this afternoon, the osprey camera tipped over and was hanging by its support brace. Rather than putting the camera back up and disturbing the mother incubating her eggs for a long period of time, it was decided to take the osprey camera down until the chicks hatch. We’re sorry for the…

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Horseshoe Bend Tubing Hill UPDATE 2-14-14

The winter sport facility (tubing hill) at Horseshoe Bend County Park near Milford, Ia will not be open this weekend. Even though there has been some recent snow in the area, there is still not enough to run the lift systems for the tubes and there is still grass showing on the tubing hill itself.…

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Little Sioux Water Trail landowner public meeting

Little Sioux Water Trail landowner public meeting at the Nature Center  When: Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm   Northwest Iowa Planning and Development Commission, acting as project manager for the potential of developing the Little Sioux Water Trail, will be holding a landowner public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 from 5:30pm…

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Horseshoe Bend Sledding Hill Update 12-19-13

Dickinson County Conservation Board’s Horseshoe Bend Sledding Hill is currently closed, as of December 19th, because of poor snow conditions. If conditions improve on the hill, check back on this website, on Dickinson County Nature Center’s Facebook page or call the Horseshoe Bend offices anytime at 712-338-4786 for an automated, up to date hill conditions…

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Family Fall Fest at Horseshoe Bend Park on Oct. 19th

October 19th, 2013 11am to 6pm at Horseshoe Bend Park 1924 240th St. Milford, IA Schedule of events: 11-12pm Face painting & pumpkin painting/carving 12-3pm  Hayrides (weather permitting) & soupfeed/bake sale 3-4pm   spooky nature scavenger hunt (weather permitting) 4-5pm  Pie eating contest   (pre register via facebook) 5pm campsite trick or treat at campsites Kiddo costume contest…

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Update! Landscaping almost finished at the Nature Center

The Nature Center is almost complete with its third stage of construction. The new landscaping features include, outdoor amphitheater for programs and events, large 100 person deck wrapping around the building, outdoor classroom area, and bird sanctuary with waterfall feature. Check out the pictures below. We still have plenty of work to do but the…

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