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 Training Center to find and register for Hunter Education courses near you.








Lake Meyer 

  • Water: 38-acre lake
  • Location: Lake Meyer Park, off Highway 24 between Calmar and Fort Atkinson
  • Amenities: 60-foot fishing jetty, banks, handicap-accessible dock, boat ramp (electric motors only), fish habitat improvements, picnic shelters, camping, hiking trails
  • Fish Species: Stocked with Northern Pike, Bluegill, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish
  • Maps: Lake Meyer Depth, 2017 Fish Habitat Placements, 2015 Fish Habitat Placements, 2013 Fish Habitat Placements, Lake Meyer Park Overview Map
  • Lake Meyer underwent a major restoration/enhancement project over the summer and fall of 2015 that involved lowering the lake level by approximately 10 feet. The project was completed in Fall 2015 and Lake Meyer has been back at full water level since early 2016. There were no recorded fish kills caused by the lake drawdown.


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

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  • Water: Bohemian Creek
  • Location: West of Spillville on County Road B16
  • Amenities: Picnic shelter, hiking and cross-country skiing trails
  • 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, Kendallville Park, and Trout Run Park
  • Locations and Amenities: See individual parks on Parks page
  • Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Walleye, suckers




Additional Hunting and Fishing Information

Find information on trout fishing and stocking in the area.

View the Iowa DNR's Manchester Trout Hatchery Trout Cam.

Find other hunting and fishing resources for Northeast Iowa.

Check out current fishing reports for the Decorah area.

Get help with fish identification.

Read up on the current hunting/trapping or fishing regulations in Iowa.

Find Wildlife Management Areas in Winneshiek County and around the state.








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