Lime Creek Conservation Area Trails Closed

Mike Webb, Director

December 22, 2017

Effective immediately, Lime Creek Conservation Area trails will be closed to all horses and non-snow bikes for the remainder of the winter/ski season. Trails will reopen to in the spring of 2018.

Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board would like to inform all LCCA users of trail guidelines during the winter season.

Lime Creek Conservation Area offers nearly 8 miles of groomed trails to accommodate diagonal stride/traditional skiing and skate style skiing when snow conditions permit. An initial base of 6”-8” of snowfall is required to cover all trail irregularities and provide a base for grooming activities. Normal grooming will typically follow any additional snowfall. If a dusting of snowfall is received it is recommended to simply ski over the existing groomed tracks.

Hikers, dog walkers, and other winter trail users are encouraged to use either the Quarry Lake Loop or the Easy Access Trail. The Quarry Lake Loop is located on the west side of the area and is packed to facilitate a hard surfaced snow trail. The Easy Access Trail is located adjacent to the Nature Center and when conditions permit the trail is cleared of snow.

Snow bike users (tires greater than 3.5”) are restricted to the designated trails, Quarry Lake Loop and the Wild Turkey Loop. (CGC-7.2 Recreational Use: All recreational use other than foot traffic is restricted to designated trails on all county conservation board managed areas). Access to LCCA will be allowed from the south along the east/river side of the River Bluffs Trail and the Easy Access Trail during the snow/winter season. Snow bike users must obey all signs and not travel in the groomed tracks set on the River Bluffs Trail section described above.

Non-skiers who use any of the “groomed” cross country ski trails are directed to walk to the far right or outside of the groomed area (Do NOT walk in the grooved channels set for the classical or diagonal stride and to the outside of the skating trails.) Skiers with pets are also directed to keep pets from walking/running in groomed area. (All pets must be kept on a 6’ leash)

The ski season is very short in north Iowa and to maintain trail opportunities, it will take the cooperation of all park users. All motorized vehicle traffic is prohibited on all trails (i.e. ATV’s, snowmobiles, etc). If you have any questions regarding winter trail use or winter conditions contact the conservation office @ 423-5309 or visit our website at

Trolley Trail Closing

Todd Hansen, Outdoor Recreation Area Manager

November 14, 2017

Effective immediately, the Trolley Trail located between Mason City and Clear Lake along county road B-35 is officially closed for the season.  Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trail throughout the year, including snowmobiles during the winter season.  If you have any questions please contact Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board at 423-5309.

Wilkinson and Shell Rock River Greenbelt Closing

Todd Hansen, Outdoor Recreation Area Manager

November 14, 2017

Wilkinson Pioneer Park Greenbelt and the Shell Rock River Greenbelt extending from 295th Street to county road B30 will officially close for the season effective Monday, November 27, 2017.  (If weather conditions change and/or measurable snowfall occurs the roadway may close prior.)  Hiking, biking and horseback will still be permitted and snowmobiling on the designated snowmobile trail will be allowed after there is sufficient snow cover.  All other motorized traffic is prohibited (i.e. ATV’s & UTV’s).  The Shell Rock River Greenbelt will reopen to licensed motorized vehicle traffic approximately late May 2018 (Typical season dates for licensed motorized vehicle traffic are late May to late Nov-Weather permitting).  If you have any questions please contact Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board at 641-423-5309.

Bluebill Dock Removed

November 9, 2017

The courtesy dock at Bluebill Wildlife Area has been removed for the season. The boat access and ramp will remain open as long as open water conditions exist.

Brush and tree removal/Mulch availability

Ty Hamiel, Vegetation Manager

October 11, 2017

The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board Roadside Management staff will soon begin annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways. Manual removal of trees and brush this year will be focused primarily within Clear Lake, Lake, Mason, and Portland townships according to the Cerro Gordo County brush removal policy. Please use caution when approaching a work zone as staff and equipment may be working in close proximity to traveled portions of the road.

Residents of Cerro Gordo County may request a full load(s) of mulch by contacting the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board at (641) 423-5309. Mulch will be delivered at no cost to dump sites in close proximity to work areas. The Roadside Management staff requests that potential dump sites be unobstructed and clearly flagged to facilitate easy delivery.

Monarch Mania Website is Live!

Todd Von Ehwegen, Environmental Education Manager

January 19, 2016

We have exciting news!

Our €œMonarch Mania!€ website is up and running!  Visit the website at

This website is all about providing habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.  Visit the site and make plans for a pollinator garden in your yard this spring!

Our €œMonarch Mania!€ program is funded by the Maxine Sanberg Memorial Fund.  Join us in our efforts to help pollinators in North Iowa!

Monarch Mania


January 2, 2013

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