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Recreation

All of our areas have fantastic recreational potential. Explore your favorite outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and more!

HIking Trails

Hiking is a great way to see the natural beauty of Montgomery County. Our parks have miles of trails for your enjoyment. Visit one of our areas to see for yourself.

Anderson Conservation Area
Andersen Wildlife Area
Hacklebarney Woods
Pilot Grove
Erickson Wildlife Area

Fishing

Ponds and lakes are stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, red-eared sunfish, and catfish. Grab your pole, tackle, and cast your line.

Bird Watching

Iowa is home to over 300 species of birds. Our parks are filled with varying habitat to support a diverse array of avian life. Follow migratory patterns and try to spot your favorite species.

Public Hunting Areas

The Andersen Wildlife Area , Erickson Wildlife Area, and Hacklebarney Woods are all designated public hunting areas. All Iowa state hunting dates, laws, and regulations apply in these areas. Food plots and habitat are established to promote optimal hunting experiences.

Boating & Watercrafts

The MCCB manages three areas you can access rivers for recreation. Bonds Landing and the Elliott canoes accesses provide entry to the East Nishnabotna river. The Tenville canoes access provides entry to the West Nodaway river.

Horseback Riding

Hacklebarney Woods is a wonderful place for a scenic trail ride. The Friends of Hacklebarney Trails have worked hard over the years to provide a location that supports equestrian needs. Four miles of all-weather trails have been created for year-round use to equine enthusiasts and hikers. A trail fee of $1 per rider, per day is required to support ongoing projects. Fees may be placed in the drop box at the equestrian camp.

Camping

We have two parks, four campgrounds, and 52 sites available for use. Check out the park you'd like to camp at for site fees and rules.

Hacklebarney Woods
Pilot Grove

Picnicking

All parks have tables available for a pleasant picnic outing. Shelters at Hacklebarney Woods and Pilot Grove may be reserved for group events. Call our office today to reserve a shelter. A $20 deposit is required for a reservation.

Educational Programs

The Montgomery County Conservation Board strives to provide accessible learning experiences for all ages. Check out our education tab for more information on how to schedule a program or experience today!

Montgomery County Shooting Sports Club

Click HERE for more information!

The Montgomery County Shooting Sports Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization managed separately from the Montgomery County Conservation Board. The shooting range is located north of the Anderson Conservation Area. The range consists of a 40 yard archery area, a 100 yard rifle range, a 50 yard pistol range, and two, voice-automated trap ranges. The trap ranges are still under construction, but will hopefully support a trap shooting team. Open 24/7 for members!

Membership Information:

To receive a membership application or for more information, visit our website at mcssc.org or email secretary@mcssc.org.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook @mcssc.redoak

Membership Fees:

A $25.00 origination fee will be charged additional to the yearly fees for the first year of membership. Membership fees are due annually.

Single... $75
Family... $100
Junior Member (ages 11-18)... $10
Lifetime Member... $1,025 paid over 3 years
Non-member daily use fee... $15 (must be accompanied by a current member)

Winter Activities

Don't get the winter blues, step outside! We still have plenty to do in the winter time. Look out for programs such as snowshoeing or ice fishing to break up that winter slum. Go hike a new trail and see what tracks you can find or listen for birds amongst the trees.