Lake Appreciation Month – Cairo Lake

Lake Appreciation Month – Cairo Lake

"None of the lakes hereabout are very deep. They are all marsh-like, only distinguished from a thousand marshes by the courtesy of the pioneer who called them lakes to suit his fancy, recognizing their greater width and possibly, in some cases their bluffy shores." -Thomas H. McBride, Geology of Hamilton and Wright Counties (1910)   The governor has proclaimed July as Lake Appreciation Month. We've got a few lakes in the South Skunk River basin that we appreciate for different reasons. Hickory Grove Lake is a 100-acre impoundment that we appreciate for swimming and fishing. The effort involved in constructing it and now restoring it is a testament to how much Story County residents value our lakes. Ada Hayden Heritage Park Lake is a 137-acre former gravel pit that we appreciate for paddle sports, fishing, and admiring from the trails. Little Wall Lake is a 249-acre natural lake that we appreciate most for swimming and motorized sports. Cairo Lake is a 1300-acre former lake...
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Meeting Space Cabin is Near Completion

Hamilton County Conservation Board (HCCB) now has some of the most beautiful cabins available to rent in the north central Iowa region. They started this journey over four years ago and continue to make progress by adding more cabins. Hamilton County Conservation Board will be done building their sixth cabin this summer. This cabin is at Briggs Woods Park by Webster City and has a different layout than its predecessors. This new cabin has a footprint of 25x36, with the loft being 18x46.  Whereas the Legacy and Lakeview cabins have a foot print of 25x32 and the loft is 16x30. Even just by looks the cabin seems much bigger. The purpose behind the different floor plan with an open layout concept on the first floor is to serve as a place the community and others can hold gatherings, parties, and classes in (I think I know where our next work meeting is being held!). The cabin will still serve its purpose...
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Hamilton builds new cabin

Hamilton County Conservation Board has been working hard this fall on the construction of a 26x36 cabin at Briggs Woods Park. This will be the sixth cabin built by the Hamilton County Conservation Board, three at Little Wall Lake and now the third at Briggs Woods Park. This new cabin is being built in partnership with a supporting grant from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and the ongoing support of Legacy Learning Boone River Valley. The new cabin will be larger than the Legacy or Lakeview cabins built previously and will have a more open layout on the first floor allowing more space for meetings, classes, large groups, as well as traditional use. “We think this will be a great fit for Hamilton County, the Legacy Learning Center, and the cabin users. Demographics are showing us that besides traditional vacation use, individuals are wanting to use the cabins for reunions, parties, and larger gatherings,” said Hamilton County Board Member and Legacy Learning...
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Log Cabin Getaway – Family, Wallet, and Environmentally Friendly

Log Cabin Getaway – Family, Wallet, and Environmentally Friendly

Getting away is essential to all of our sanity's from time to time. When we do get away we want something that the whole family can enjoy, plenty of activities and so on. What if I told you this winter you can have all of that and get into the holiday mood as well! What is more fitting than staying in a Iowa grown, Iowan built White Oak log cabin for over 50% off! Hamilton County has some great cabins right off their lakes that they built using our Log Products Program. From this a total of 5 cabins have been built, 3 at Little Wall Lake near Jewell and 2 at Briggs Woods Park in Webster City. Staying at one of these cabins are truly a treat! Not only is the structure friendly for the environment as it is 100% decay resistant and does not need any chemicals but it is also friendly on the wallet this winter. January to...
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Giving Back – Brandrup’s Timber Part 2

This story is in three parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for each piece to learn more about The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”.   Part 2 My grandparents started to acquire the land in the 1940’s and our family has owned the land since.  It is this land that taught me the work ethic of agriculture, instilled the life long passion for hunting and fishing, and the marvel of nature that guided me into a career in forestry and natural resource management.  It is this land that has provided the resources to help sustain five generations of Brandrup’s.   As my wife Pat and I began to look to the future we realized we had the opportunity to do something that maybe hadn’t happened since the time of settlement, or the time the ownership of the land was granted to one person.  We had the opportunity...
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Giving Back – Brandrup’s Timber

This story is in three parts. Make sure to keep an eye out for each piece to learn more about The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”. Part 1 The Hamilton County Conservation Board is proud to proclaim its newest public wildlife management area that will be known as “Brandrup’s Timber”.  The story of this land and its designation as public land begins with Mike and Pat Brandrup and their story of the lands journey. “The land we call our farm was once part the Native American culture, owned by no one and shared by all, and used for centuries.   In 1803 the United States government acquired the land as part of the Louisiana Purchase. According to the land abstracts, our farm was deeded from the federal government to a private individual in the 1854, and has been owned by over 30 individual and families.  During the 160 years...
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Prairie Rivers of Iowa Receives Iowa Tourism Grant for Hamilton County Conservation Board Marketing

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Receives Iowa Tourism Grant for Hamilton County Conservation Board Marketing: Dear Iowa Tourism Grants Program applicants: Thanks to each of you for your application(s) to the Iowa Tourism Grants Program. As you may know, this was the inaugural year for the program, which means we learned lessons and found many areas for improvement along the way. Please know that in FY15, the process will be much smoother and much less hurried. Thanks for your patience. The first year of the program also offered a great opportunity to take your input and craft opportunities for funding in new areas and in areas where you said financial assistance was most needed. The second page of this document shows the members of the Iowa Grant Guidelines Committee. Please thank them for their work to develop the program’s parameters. Additionally, 25 of your tourism industry peers took a great deal of time to review the grant applications and determine the successful applicants. They,...
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