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Nature Center

Kenue Park

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.

Click here to download a free birding checklist for Kenue Park.

grassy trail through Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

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, 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.

For the Winter Sports Area and tubing hill, click here!

a stream winding through the prairie

Judd Wildlife Area

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.

A look at the Reed's Run area

Reeds Run Wildlife Area

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.

water basin inside westport Park

Westport Park

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. Recently stocked in the fall of 2023, Westport pond's new management plan will ensure for a thriving fishery in the near future!

***We ask the public to not self stock the pond. Thank you!

entrance to Superior Marsh

Superior Marsh

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.

river at Jahn

Jahn Wildlife Area

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.

a woman shooting a handgun at the Spring Run shooting range

Spring Run Shooting Range

1776 272nd Ave., Spirit Lake

Spring Run has multiple targets at different distances. The five-acre range is suitable for recreational and hunting firearms.

an oak savanna inside Little Savanna area

Little Sioux Savanna

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.

the oak forest at next to the road

Little Foote Forest

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.

the stream Milford Creek

Pioneer Park

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.

Canoe Accesses

Spooky Hollow: 1823 210th St., Milford

Twin Forks: 1633 170th Ave., Spirit Lake

Judd Wildlife Area: 1987 250th St., Milford

Horseshoe Bend: 2372 190th Ave., Milford