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 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.
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.