22785 Nature Center Rd., Okoboji
Home of the Dickinson County Nature Center, Pollinator Paradise, Westport Schoolhouse and the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, this almost 70-acre area is unique because of its oak savanna. The park also features meadows, an osprey nest, live trumpeter swans, a Nature Playscape and a glacial kame that offers a spectacular overlook of the surrounding area. Kenue Park accommodates picnics and has walking trails and modern restrooms.
1924 240th St., Milford
This 180 acres of preserved land offers an extensive trail system winding through the river valley of the Little Sioux River, as well as upland forest, meadows, marshes and oxbow ponds. These diverse habitats are host to a number of creatures including deer, beaver, woodpeckers, songbirds and raptors. Facilities include a warming shelter with a spectacular river valley outlook, a playground, wildlife viewing blind, aesthetic footbridge spanning the river, modern bathroom facilities and a picnic area.
Other opportunities include hunting, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and geocaching.
For information on renting the enclosed shelter or the open shelter, call 712-338-4786.
1987 250th St., Milford
Located along the Little Sioux River, this 236-acre wildlife area includes open meadows and a winding prairie stream with a softwood forest along the river’s edge. The area is home to a variety of mammals, birds and other vertebrates. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing and canoeing.
25040 140th St., Spirit Lake
Bordering the Big Spirit Lake spillway and across from the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, this two-acre park offers a long sand beach, boat ramp, dock, restroom facilities and a playground.
1175 230th St., Everly
This 10-acre county gravel pit has been converted into a fishing pond with a dock and picnic area. Small stands of ancient cottonwoods show evidence of active beavers along with other aquatic plant and animal life. This pond once produced a state record bass.
3380 130th St., Superior
This 40-acre area offers a fine example of marsh and upland habitat. Opportunities for wildlife viewing and hunting are available.
Off 160th Avenue, north of 170th Street in Lake Park
This 110.75-acre area is managed by the Dickinson County Conservation Board for wildlife habitat, public access to hunting and fishing, nature viewing, trail hiking and non-motorized boating on the Little Sioux River.
1776 272nd Ave., Spirit Lake
Spring Run has multiple targets at different distances. The five-acre range is suitable for recreational and hunting firearms.
2218 195th Ave., Milford
Enjoy a beautiful scenic overlook of the Little Sioux River, hike through an oak savanna and check multiple species off your birding list. This area is also open for public hunting.
2215 195th Ave., Milford
This beautiful forest parcel is conveniently located just south of County Road A34 on 195th Avenue and offers overlooks of the Little Sioux River.
2317 225th Ave., Milford
This 35-acre park is situated on Milford Creek and is a great place to go fishing, birdwatching and walking. It was once the home of a gristmill that helped start the town of Milford, and you can stand on the site of that mill today.
253rd Avenue, south of 125th Street, Orleans
This 43-acre park includes restored wetland and grasslands just off of Big Spirit Lake’s eastern shoreline. Bike past on the paved Dickinson County Trail and enjoy a beautiful view or stop to rest and explore.