All Cherokee County Parks are now open for the 2010 season except for Ranney Knob Area located west of Washta. Clean up efforts are currently underway there from the large deposits of silt from the recent flooding of the Little Sioux River.
For 50-plus years, the Cherokee County Conservation Board (CCCB) has made it possible for people to enjoy the Cherokee County Parks.
Construction began last year on three cabins at the new section of Martin's Access. According to Ginger Walker, CCCB Director, the cabins will be completed within the next two-weeks.
Walker also stated that she would shortly be announcing a public open house and ribbon cutting for the cabins.
These cabins are all-season cabins that are 14' x 22' with a 14' x 8' porch, an outdoor fire pit, and picnic table. Each cabin has bunk beds and will sleep four people. They are heated and air-conditioned, with bathrooms and a small kitchenette.
Further development on the new area at Martin's Access will be ongoing during the summer, according to Walker.
Last year saw change in camping rates for the Silver Sioux Lodge; the 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 campsites and $15 for electric campsites.
Also, last year a 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 southeast of Onawa.
The map also highlights the canoe access along Mill Creek. Canoe rentals will be available at the Cherokee County Conservation Office.
"We would really like to invite more people out on the river this year" said Walker.
The Inkpaduta Canoe Trail on the Little Sioux River runs from Spencer, in Clay County, to Smithland, in southern Woodbury County. This span of river is approximately 134 miles in length. The Trail area is characterized by safe, convenient public access areas in each county.
Some public accesses include camping and restroom facilities, concrete or gravel boat ramps, and walking trails. Information about each access is available from individual county conservation boards and can also be found in the 2007 Edition of the Outdoor Adventure Guide.
The Cherokee County Conservation Board maintains 12 river access areas from the northern county border to the southern. These various access points permit paddlers to experience a relaxing one to four hour float or to escape for a camping and floating adventure over three or more days.
Even during low-water conditions, the Little Sioux is generally navigable by kayak or canoe. High water warrants caution and perhaps a voluntary delay to wait for safer conditions.
Canoe rental for a 16-foot canoe from the CCCB cost only $25 a day or for a weekend. Renter can pick up canoes, paddles, and personal flotation devices during normal CCCB hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If four to six canoes are rented, the CCCB will deliver and pick-up within Cherokee County. There is a $25 damage deposit required.
For more information for this year's events being held by the Cherokee County Parks log on to www.cherokeecountyparks.com or call 225-6709.