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Temporary Closing

For the safety of the public, we are continuing to keep our doors closed to visitors until May 1, 2020.  Staff will still be working on site and remotely and can be contacted by phone or email at (712) 295-7200 or occb@obriencounty.org.  Public programs will be cancelled during this time.  Camping as well as cabin and shelter reservations will also be suspended until May 1.  Stay well!

Bald Eagle Watch

Celebrate our national bird with a come-and-go event.  Dr. Ross Dierks will be providing a special presentation about falcons at 2:00 p.m.  Enjoy watching the birds, taking part in activities, and celebrating raptors at the Prairie Heritage Center on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Douma Park Campground Opening This Spring

Douma Park Campground is slated to open for the season on Friday, April 24, 2020.  The federal grant process can seem endless.  In this case, it the wait was worth it.  Douma Park looks like a whole new place! The restroom facility is a significant improvement.  The family style shower rooms and flush toilets are a dramatic change and will be greatly appreciated by campers and day users of the park!  The camping registration kiosk will also be located under

Camping Season Coming Soon!

It is hard to believe that summer will soon be here!  The behind the scenes work has begun in our office and maintenance shop.  Our staff has started to prepare to offer the “best in class” service to our community and park patrons! With the additional camping sites available at Douma, there are nearly 100 choices of sites to stay at in the county!  All of our campsites included 20/30/50 AMP service and water.  Dog Creek South and Douma have

2020 Winter Library Series

Mark the dates for the Winter Library Series!  The Conservation Board is pleased to partner with local libraries to offer programming close to your home.  During the months of January, February, and March, the naturalist will be presenting programs in each of the county libraries. JANUARY – Who’s Who? Start the year with a light-hearted look at animal adaptations.  What makes an animal excellent at living in certain conditions?  Can you recognize an animal by its teeth, tongue, or tail? 

O’Brien County Beaver Tail Bounty

O’Brien County is offering a beaver tail bounty for beavers taken in O’Brien County between the dates of December 10, 2019 and April 15, 2020.  The beavers will be accepted at the Mill Creek Park Conservation Board Shop, 5560 460th Street, Paullina on Mondays from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. The trapper must have a valid Iowa Furbearer License and the tail must be attached to the beaver(s) when presented for bounty.  A bounty of $35.00 will be paid per tail

Welcome Winter at Mill Creek Park

Winter officially arrives soon.  What kind of weather will it bring?  Celebrate the season with a hike around the lake.  The O’Brien County Conservation Board is holding a “Welcome Winter” hike on Friday, December 20, at 4:30 p.m. at Mill Creek Park. This activity will take place regardless of ground cover.  Meet near the lodge.  If there is snow on the ground, we will be trekking on snowshoes.  Snowshoes will be available to borrow free of charge.  If there is

Winter Birding Adventure on January 4

Are you looking for the first robin or bluebird of the year?  The Waterman Creek and Little Sioux River valleys are the perfect place to spot these typical summer visitors along with a variety of winter guests.  Join bird experts, Lee Schoenewe, Joe Jungers and others in a birding event hosted by the O’Brien County Conservation Board. Meet at the Prairie Heritage Center at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 4 for a day of winter birding.  Participants will carpool to

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