Come Play in Winnebago & Worth Counties

Discover the natural beauty of the Winn-Worth Betco region, a gorgeous Midwestern wilderness located in north central Iowa along the Minnesota border just a short drive south from Minneapolis or north from Des Moines, on I-35. Nature enthusiasts flock to the stunning rolling hills of this prairie pothole region where the beautiful Winnebago River flows through quaint small towns like Fertile and Forest City situated amid dense trees and woodlands.

With the ever-changing seasons the Winn-Worth Betco area is ideal for outdoor activities such as canoeing along the Winnebago River, horseback riding through the trails of Forest City, or exploring the wondrous oak savannas that are one of the rarest plant communities on earth. In warmer months visit county parks to take a hike among the fragrant wildflowers of the native Iowa tallgrass prairies,  or soak up the sun with a round of golf on North Iowa’s lush golf courses. In the Winter, Hanson Trail provides invigorating cross country skiing or check out snowmobiling opportunities along Worth County’s Snowmobile Trail! In the Winn-Worth Betco region you’ll find opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast just waiting to be discovered.

Trails, Parks and Camping

Winn-Worth County Betco is home to some of the most beautiful natural parks carved out by glaciers thousands of years ago defining  the prairie pothole region dotted with rare Oak Savannas. The  Winn-Worth Betco regional parks provide public access to county land for camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, bird watching, and more. There are RV and camping sites along with cabins, barbeque pits, and canoes all available for rent.

Winnebago County Conservation Board

34496 110th Ave, 
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641) 565-3390
www.winnebagoccb.com

Located in north central Iowa along the Minnesota border, it is home to Thorpe and Dahle Parks. Nestled in the rolling hills of Iowa's prairie pothole region, the Winnebago CCB manages 30 parks, trails, and wildlife areas, all encompassing over 3,500 acres. 

Worth County Conservation Board  

503 First Ave N
Northwood, IA 50459
Phone: (641) 324-1524
Fax: (641) 324-1953
Email: wccb@worthcounty.org
www.worthcounty.org

Along the Minnesota border is the Silver Lake Park and Panicum Prairie. The Worth CCB collectively manages 28 parks, prairies, natural wildlife habitat areas, and rest areas, encompassing over 3,190 acres.

Pammel Park

562-898, US-69, 
Forest City, IA 50436
www.forestcityia.com/visit/attractions

Enjoy the serenity of Pammel Park where you can find many areas along the Winnebago River to enjoy.  There are several fishing spots, a playground, butterfly garden, campground and the Hynes Spur trail that winds through the Park.

Pilot Knob State Park

2148 340th Street
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641) 581-4835
Pilot_Knob@dnr.iowa.gov

Pilot Knob State Park is located outside of Forest City, Iowa.  This beautiful expansive park contains a bog, a man-made lake, hiking trails, campsites and picnic shelters. It’s well known for its historic tower  (the second highest point in Iowa).  Founded in 1923, it is one of the oldest state parks in Iowa. Named a nationally recognized historic district with five structures individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  A Great place for a hike with rewarding panoramic views from the top of the Observation Tower.

The Hanson Trail runs along Hwy 9 from Forest City to Pilot Knob State Park if you wish to walk, skate or pedal to the Park. 

Rice Lake State Park

43000 235th Ave
Lake Mills, IA 50450
Pilot_Knob@dnr.iowa.gov

This park offers a beautiful area of 15 acres for picnics, family gatherings, or hosting a quaint outdoor wedding. A gorgeous rustic stone shelter built in 1934  is available for rent. 

Rice Lake is a sprawling lake with many activities for all types of boaters especially those who like to water ski, jet ski, and fish.  The fish species found in Rice Lake include bass, bluegill, walleye, perch, northern, crappie and bullheads.

There are a variety of song birds and migratory birds. Pelicans are known to make Rice Lake a stopping spot along their route.

William Rhodes Island Park 

Park St, Fertile, IA 50434
www.millpictures.com/mills

William Rhodes Island Park is located along the scenic Winnebago River across the river from the mill. Fertile was founded by William Rhodes, a Canadian who came to Iowa in 1858, built a sawmill, then in 1868, it began to process wheat into flour. 

The Forest City Trail system 

Offers over fifteen miles of walking and bicycling trails, with nine miles leading from downtown Forest City to Pilot Knob State Park.  Bicycles are available for rent at three locations throughout Forest City, just download the KoloniShare App and you are on your way.

Hynes Spur Trail 

562-898, US-69, 
Forest City, IA 50436
www.forestcityia.com/visit/recreation/forestcitytrails

An all off road 2 mile paved trail meandering through Pammel Park, in a beautiful woodland setting, passing through the Bear Creek Golf Course and Disc Golf Course just past the Winnebago Rally grounds.  

Hanson Trail 

562-898, US-69, 
Forest City, IA 50436
Begins at on J Street next to Pammel Park entrance
www.forestcityia.com/visit/recreation/forestcitytrails

This asphalt trail loops along Highway 9 and 340th Street, from Forest City to Pilot Knob State Park. It is popular with bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers. No motorized vehicles.

Pilot Knob Loop

2148 340th Street
Forest City, IA 50436
www.forestcityia.com/visit/recreation/forestcitytrails

This all paved trail follows park roads, connecting with the Hanson Trail at the entrance of Pilot Knob State Park it winds through the park for four miles. 

Golfing 

The Winn-Worth Betco region offers golfing excellent experiences for all skill levels with welcoming  clubhouses that offer a variety of exceptional amenities.   Whether you are looking for 18 hole semi-private courses or just a bit of fun with disc golf, you’ll find it all in The Winn-Worth Betco region.

Bear Creek Golf Course

145 Country Club Road
Forest City, Iowa
Phone: (641) 323-8822
www.bearcreekfc.com

This public 18-hole golf course is nestled in the community of Forest City, Iowa. A par 71 golf course offers an exciting variety of holes amid North Iowa’s scenic beauty.  

Forest City Disc Golf Course 

US-69 #288-560,
Forest City, IA 50436

This course is within Pammel and East Woods Park, separated by the Winnebago River.   With  21 poles this course  offers a variety of levels.

Northwood Golf Course 

1391  490th Street
Northwood,  IA   50459
Phone: (641) 324-1662

The Northwood Country Club offers a public well established nine hole course nestled between the Shellrock river and the picturesque country landscapes of the Winn-Worth Betco area. 

Rice Lake Golf & Country Club

43080 Golf Avenue, 
Lake Mills, IA  50450
Phone: (64) 592-8022
www.ricelakegolfandcountryclub.com

Built in 1922 under the original moniker of Rice Lake Outing Club, Rice Lake Golf & Country Club perfectly blends historic golf nostalgia with modern amenities.  Their award winning, semi-private, member-owned facility is conveniently located just off Interstate 35.  

A past recipient of the Iowa Golf Association’s “Golf Course of the Year,” Rice Lake’s 18-Hole layout is the perfect setting for your next round.  

Watersports and Boating

Winnebago River Water Trail 

With North access at Dahle Park,
21227 485th St, 
Lake Mills, IA 50450
www.traveliowa.com/trails/winnebago-river-water-trail/94

Water Trails are recreational corridors and routes on rivers and lakes that provide a unique experience for canoeists and kayakers and provide adequate access points that can be used for planning your trips at various lengths and difficulties. 

This beautiful Winnebago Water Trail starts in the wetland stream setting of the Winnebago River where you will find abundant nature viewing opportunities, specifically waterfowl and other birds. Good boat control skills are required.

Rice Lake State Park

43000 235th Ave.
Lake Mills, Iowa  
Phone: (641) 581-4835
www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Iowa-State-Parks/ParkDetails/ParkID/11/idAdminBoundary/226

Stretching along the banks of Rice Lake offering a beautiful beach area for swimming with access to bathrooms.  A great spot for recreational boating, fishing and canoeing.

Silver Lake Park

497 500th St
Northwood, IA, 50459
www.mycountyparks.com/county/Worth/Park/Silver-Lake-Park/Facility/campground.aspx

Hosting eight campsites, Silver Lake park Includes fishing, boating, picnicking, horseshoe pits, camping and electricity

Three Fingers Campground

35604 135th Ave.,
Forest City, Iowa, 50436
Email: pheyes@bricmanagement.net (reservations)
Phone: (641) 590-6653
www.threefingerscampground.com

3 Fingers Campground and RV Resort, is one of the finest campgrounds in Northern Iowa., offering 120 RV sites, all are full service with water/sewer/electrical connections. Most of the sites are waterfront and all have waterfront views.  With swimming, fishing, paddle boats, shelter house, miniature golf, grills, restrooms, showers, and a dump station

Thorpe Park

34496 110th Ave
Forest City, IA, 50436
www.mycountyparks.com/County/Winnebago/Park/Thorpe-Park-County-Conservation-Offices/Facility/Thorpe-Park-Campground.aspx

The fifteen acre Lake Catherine, provides a quiet fishing spot year-round. Much of the park is made up of an oak-hickory savanna with numerous prairie areas. Trumpeter swans often nest at the park, and the area is also popular with family campers and picnickers.   Enjoy bird watching while silently canoeing across the lake or load up your fishing boat with an electric motor to fish the deep end of the lake.  Thorpe Park also has a rental cabin. Treat yourself to a relaxing stay at the Lake Catherine.

Outdoor Celebrations

With the ever changing seasons in The Winn-Worth Betco area, small town celebrations offer the best outdoor fun with vibrant live music and street dances to tractor pulls, rodeos and community bike rides.

Fertile Days

City of Fertile
3494 Eagle Avenue
Fertile, IA 50434
www.fertileiowa.us

Where citizens proudly celebrate their hometown of Fertile each year in August with a parade, a Walk/Run event, bed and golf-cart races, a live band and street dance along with a free community meal!  

Sundown Weekend

Hanlontown
311 E 3rd St, 
Hanlontown, IA 50444
www.hanlontown.org/about/About.htm

Hanlontown celebrates the first day of summer in June with Hanlontown’s Annual Great Bike Ridearound town ending at the railroad tracks where the sun sets perfectly in alignment with the tracks, making them glow red.

The Worth County Fair

1206 3rd Ave N.    
Northwood, IA 50459
Phone: (641) 323-7300
www.WorthCountyFair.com

Every June, plan to attend one of the most exciting county fairs in Iowa spanning five to six days of packed fair activities with live music, 4-H shows, food contests and rides, this fair has it all!

The Grand National Rally

Winnebago, Inc.
605 West Crystal Lake Road
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641)  585-3535
www.winnebago.com/owners/grand-national-rally

For over 50 years, Winnebago Industries  has been welcoming  Winnebago RV owners home to Forest City, Iowa for their annual Grand National Rally. Here campers can enjoy live music and entertainment.   They have the opportunity to tour the Winnebago factory, meet with employees,  vendors, and  attend seminars, all while visiting with friends! 

Puckerbrush Days

145 S. Clark Street 
Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: (641) 585-2092
www.forestcityia.com/calendar/puckerbrush-days

Forest City’s annual community celebration held in July, hosts a number of exciting events and activities.Throughout the three day celebration, there are numerous events, ranging from the Rotary Club’s chicken barbeque feed to a downtown party featuring musical entertainment! Don’t miss the fun!

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