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The two docks and canoe ramp make a great place for swimming and getting in and out of the lake at Dog Creek just southeast of Sutherland. Photo by Sarah Gengler
Cherokee and surrounding towns tote some of the best parks and camp grounds in northwest Iowa but so many of them are not known about.

Dog Creek, located just southeast of Sutherland, consists of 110 acres of park land and 28 acres of water surface for camp enthusiasts. The park area is made up of hills filled with trees and open grass land for camping and dining. Hiking trails can be found all along the lake and through the land that can host 29 campers and also has two cabins.

The lake at Dog Creek can also provide fun for every member of the family this summer with canoeing, fishing and swimming allowed on the water. The lake has two docks and a boat ramp for those entertaining a day on the lake and is close enough to town to make an afternoon or evening of priceless fun.

The lake at Dog Creek just southeast of Sutherland can be used for fishing, canoeing, swimming and more. There is also a beach area for sun bathers to enjoy the water and sun at the same time. Photo by Sarah Gengler
"The view is awesome and really peaceful," said Naturalist Charlene Elyea. "There are great facilities that are current and great camping with camp ground hosts. It's a great place to hike and view animals."

The parks under Elyea's care open up on May 1 and will stay open through Labor Day with the last day on Sept. 31.

"We are knocking on the door of busy time," Elyea said.

This shelter house, located on the west side of Dog Creek provides a perfect location for a family picnic. Photo by Sarah Gengler
For those who love the outdoors but don't care to sleep beside the animals, Dog Creek provides two different cabins for rent. Each 14 by 14 cabin has two sets of full-sized beds with a single bunk bead above each for housing a total of six people. They also have electricity, microwave, refrigerator, table, heating and air conditioning.

Outside of the cabins campers can find a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill to enjoy meals and a shower house nearby that operates on quarters. With all of the camp grounds run by O'Brien County, reservations for camping can be made up to a year in advance from the day(s) you wish to camp. The 6 person cabins cost a total of $35 Sunday through Thursday and $40 on Friday, Saturday and holidays. Campground fees are a set rate of $12 per night and are on a first come first serve basis.

Anyone looking to camp at Dog Creek or other camp grounds in the Sutherland area can contact the O'Brien County Conservation Board at 712-295-7200.

Dog Creek provides two different cabins for camping along with a shelter for having picnics at during the summer. The camp grounds at all O'Brien County parks open on May 1. Photo by Sarah Gengler

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