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CCCB hosts open house at Silver Sioux Lodge

Monday, July 9, 2007

Lodge improvements - The modern kitchen at Silver Sioux, seen in this picture with CCCB's president Brad Husman and director/naturalist Ginger Walker, will really take the edges off of "roughing it" for future campers at the Lodge. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
On June 23, the folks from the Cherokee County Conservation Board were the hosts at a special open house celebration at the Silver Sioux Lodge.

This structure, located in the scenic woods of the Silver Sioux Recreation Area near Quimby, was originally built in the early 1970's as a warming shed for those enjoying the winter sports delight of the Silver Sioux Sliding Hill.

Over the years, even after the closure of the Hill, the building was used for a number of events including family and class reunions, church services and retreats.

Classy canoes - The recent open house at the Silver Sioux Lodge was also a great opportunity for the CCCB to display their new acquisitions, six Coleman canoes. The classy canoes are seen in this photo being admired by Quimby mayor Tim Preuss and CCCB director/naturalist Ginger Walker. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
The Lodge has also been used in the past for special conservation programs the likes of an owl seminar and a study on animal tracks and other spoor sign found in the wild.

In addition, it has been used as a jumping off point for many CCCB-sponsored special nature hikes through the environs of the Silver Sioux Access.

Recently, however, the Silver Sioux Lodge has received a face lift, an extensive construction project that made quite a few modern improvements to the building.

Among these was the addition of a modern bathroom, something that will undoubtedly add greatly to the comfort level of any pause for the cause during an Iowa January.

Another welcome improvement included the construction of a modern kitchen, complete with stove and refrigerator, something that will make roughing it at the rustic all-season facility a whole lot more comfortable.

CCCB Director/Naturalist Ginger Walker noted that future construction will be the addition of bunk beds to the structure.

The Lodge is available for rental anytime throughout the year, any day of the week.

Overnight rentals are welcomed with electric service available 24 hours a day.

The CCCB also took advantage of the Lodge's open house to display several of their new acquisitions, namely six Coleman canoes.

These 15' long water craft will be used in future CCCB-sponsored public programs.

Canoe rental to private individuals is also being explored.

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