Recreation and Parks
Osceola County has a variety of recreational areas and opportunities. The glaciers that were here years ago, left wetlands and unique geological areas. Many of these areas are open to the public to be enjoyed by sportsmen, naturalists, and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors.
State Parks and Facilities:
This 114-acre area is located 3.5 miles north and one mile west of Harris. The site provides boating, fishing, picnicking, and hunting opportunities.
This 336-acre recreation area is located two miles east and one mile north of Ocheyedan. This area provides a variety of hunting opportunities and some interesting canoeing and kayaking experiences.
Osceola County Wildlife and Recreation Areas:
Hawkeye Point Park Campground
Hawkeye Point is Iowa's highest elevation at 1,670 feet. Read more about the park and campground here. Reservations for camping at the Hawkeye Point Campground can be made by calling the Osceola County Conservation Board at 712-758-3709.
Ely-Bauemeister Wildlife Management Area - This 63-acre area provides hiking, hunting, and a historic site.
Johnson Wilderness Area - This 12-acre site is located one mile southeast of Allendorf. The area provides hunting and camping opportunities.
Lool Wildlife Management Area - This 2.5-acre area is located 4.5 miles west and 2 miles north of Ocheyedan.
May City Park - This six-acre area is located two miles northwest of May City. The area has electricity, pit toilets, drinking water, and a small lake.
Ocheyedan Well Wildlife Area - This two-acre area is located one-half mile south and two miles west of Ocheyedan.
Ransom Wildlife Management Area - This four-acre area is located six miles north and one mile west of Sibley.
Roelf-Johnson Wildlife Management Area - This four-acre area is located 1.5 miles south of Sibley.
Sutton Lake Marsh - This 52-acre area is located 5 miles south and one mile east of Ocheyedan.
Swanson Wildlife Area - This three-acre site is located five miles south of May City and has limited hunting.
Timmons Wildlife Refuge - This nine-acre site is located two miles east of Ocheyedan.
Veldboom Wildlife Management Area - Located three miles south of May City, this 13-acre site provides hunting and hiking opportunities.
Willow Creek Wildlife Management Area - Access to this 90-acre area is from highway 9. Located one mile northeast of Allendorf. The park provides picnicking, hiking, a small lake, and hunting.
Parks Near Sibley:
Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area - Located three miles south of Sibley, this 23-acre area provides hiking and hunting.
Leinen Pits Access - Located one and one-half miles south of Sibley, this 10-acre area provides limited hunting opportunities.
Peter's Pit Access Area - This 19-acre area is located 4 miles northwest of Sibley. The area contains a small lake and some hunting opportunities.
Sharbondy Park - This one-acre facility is located 5 miles east of Sibley next to the wind generators. The park has drinking water, pit toilets, picnic grounds, and electricity.
Viola Wildlife Management Area - This site is located two miles north and 5 miles west of Sibley and has three acres of hunting available.
Wasmund Slough - This ten-acre area is located 5 miles north of Sibley and has hunting available.
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge - This 150-acre site is located one mile south of Sibley.
Parks Near Ocheyedan:
Devil's Ridge Wildlife Area - Located one and a half miles northwest of Ocheyedan. This area provides 160 acres of hunting and hiking opportunities.
Dirk's Wildlife Management Area - This three-acre site is located four miles south of Ocheyedan and provides limited hiking and hunting opportunities.
Keller Wilderness Area - This is a two-acre site located two miles southwest of Ocheyedan, which has limited hunting opportunities.
Ocheyedan "Y" Rest Area - Located one mile north of Ocheyedan off highway 9, this two-acre area has pit toilets and picnic facilities.
Swalve Wildlife Management Area - This 104-acre area is located 1.5 miles west of Ocheyedan and has hunting and hiking available.
Thomas Pit Access - This 53-acre site contains a 15-acre lake. a shooting range, and hunting opportunities. This area is located 4 miles south of Ocheyedan.
Wilson Pit Wildlife Area - Located one mile west of Ocheyedan, this site has five acres of hunting opportunities.
Wolter's Prairie - This 40-acre site shows what the area looked like 200 years ago. It contains a historic structure, hunting, and hiking. It is located three miles west of Ocheyedan.
Parks Near Harris:
Fairview Prairie Wildlife Management Area - This wildlife area is located one-half mile east of Harris.
Parks Near Ashton
Strouth Wildlife Management Area - Located one mile southwest of Ashton, this 15-acre area provides hunting and hiking opportunities.