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Cherokee County Parks open for 2009 season

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Cherokee County Conservation Board has announced that the Cherokee County Parks are now open for visitors for the 2009 season. Photo by Mike Leckband
Cherokee County Parks are now open for the 2009 season. This year marks 50 years for the Cherokee County Conservation Board and there are many events and new opportunities planned for people to enjoy the Cherokee County Parks.

Construction will soon begin on three cabins at the new section of Martin's Access. These new cabins will be all-season cabins that are 14' x 22' with a 14' x 8' porch, an outdoor fire pit, and picnic table. Each cabin will come with bunk beds and will sleep four people. They will be heated and air-conditioned, with bathrooms and a small kitchenette.

Further development on the new area at Martin's Access will be on-going during the summer, according to CCCB Director Ginger Walker.

The only change in camping rates for parks is at the Silver Sioux Lodge; price for an overnight stay went from $50 to $75. All other camping rates will remain the same at $5 for primitive camping, and $10 for electrical campsites, except at the Silver Sioux Recreation Area. There, the prices are $10 for primitive campsite and $15 for electric campsite.

Recently, new expedition and fishing guide maps were made for the Little Sioux River and Mill Creek. This detail map shows all parks, canoe access, wildlife refuge, and dams along the Little Sioux River from the Iowa Great Lakes to where the Little Sioux River empties into the Missouri River along Interstate 29 at Little Sioux south of Onawa.

The map also highlights the canoe access along Mill Creek. Canoe rentals are available at the Cherokee County Conservation Office and rent for $25. "We would really like to invite more people out on the river this year" said Cherokee County Conservation Director, Ginger Walker.

The Cherokee County Conservation Department will be hosting two Summer Family Fun Floats. The first will be held on June 19 and 20 at Martin's Access.

There will be a family camp-out and cook-out at the big shelter at 6 p.m. on that Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday people are invited to paddle from Nelson Area to Barnes Access.

This trip is for parents and kids. Bring a tent and sleeping bags for the camp-out and food will be provided. There will also be a presentation by the Sanford Museum and Cherokee County Conservation Board. Cost will be $10 a family and pre-registration is required, There's a limit of 20 people so call early.

The second Family Fun Float will take place on Aug. 22 and 23 at Silver Sioux. Paddlers will launch at 10 a.m. from Red Tail Ridge and paddle to Silver Sioux. This trip is also for parents and kids. Lunch will be eaten on a sandbar and everyone will learn about the river.

Bring your tent and sleeping bag or plan to sleep on a bunk in the Lodge and there will be presentation by the Iowa DNR and the Cherokee County Conservation Board. Cost is $10 per family.

Another upcoming event will be the Mushroom Meander at Martin's Access on April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Mushroom hunters will meet at the ball field shelter and will learn to identify woodland wildflowers and morel mushrooms.

For more information on the rest of this year's events log on to www.cherokeecountyparks.com or call 225-6709.

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