Hunting & Fishing


The Winneshiek County Conservation Board manages several areas for public hunting. 

Black Oak Hollow

  • Size: 33 acres
  • Location: 2 miles north of Kendallville, off Highway 139
  • Habitat Type: upland oak woods
  • Game: deer, turkey, squirrel

Bluffton Bluffs

  • Size: 20 acres
  • Bluffton Road, near Bluffton
  • Habitat Type: upland bluffs
  • Game: deer, turkey

Chipera Prairie

  • Size: 90 acres
  • Location: west of Fort Atkinson on Highway 24
  • Habitat Type: prairie/grassland
  • Game: pheasant, rabbit

Marilie Educational Forest Reserve

  • Size: 20 acres
  • Location: south of Frankville, off Frankville Road
  • Habitat Type: oak, maple, basswood timber
  • Game: deer, turkey, squirrel


Hunter Education Courses are required for anyone wishing to purchase a hunting license in Iowa. Courses are sponsored by the Iowa DNR and hosted at various locations throughout the state. Winneshiek County Conservation typically hosts one hunter education class each year in late summer.

Visit the Iowa DNR to find and register for Hunter Education courses near you.





Lake Meyer 


Sindelar Wildlife AccessCompressed Sindelar

  • Water: Casey Springs trout stream
  • Location: Northwest of Decorah on W20/Bluffton Road, 2.3 miles northwest of Pole Line Road
  • Fish Species: Brook Trout, Brown Trout
  • Maps: Sindelar Wildlife Access, Google Map
  • Special Regulations Apply: Artificial Lures Only; Catch and Release of Brook Trout Only
  • Casey Springs is one of only five publically accessible trout streams in Iowa with restored populations of brook trout originally aquired from South Pine Creek, which contains the only known population of remnant native trout in Iowa.


Ludwig Park

  • Water: Bohemian Creek
  • Location: West of Spillville on County Road B16
  • Amenities: Picnic shelter
  • Fish Species: Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout


Sliver Springs Park

  • Water: 2-acre, spring-fed pond
  • Location: South of Ossian on County Road W42
  • Amenities: Bridge across pond, pit toilets, picnic areas
  • Fish Species: Stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Channel Catfish


Turkey River

    • Access Points: Smallest Church Park
    • Location: West of Festina off either Highway 150 or County Road W14
    • Amenities: Picnic area
    • Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass


 Upper Iowa River

  • Access Points: Chattahoochie Park, Chimney Rock Park, and Kendallville Park
  • Locations and Amenities: See individual parks on Parks page
  • Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, suckers



 Additional Hunting and Fishing Information

Area trout fishing and stocking.

Wildlife Management Areas in Winneshiek County and around the state.

Hunting and fishing resources for Northeast Iowa.

Current hunting/trapping and fishing regulations in Iowa.   


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