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Escape to the great outdoors

Hamilton County parks offer scenic camping venues

July 10, 2014
Anne Blankenship ( ,

Each year, more than 40 million people pack up the tent or camper and head out to the great outdoors, according to the American Camper Report. Whether its roughing it in a tent or sleeping in a luxury cabin, camping continues to be a popular summertime activity for families. In Hamilton County, there are many options for those wishing to escape to the great outdoorsl. Three county parks offer a variety of choices from secluded tent spaces nestled in the trees to fully-appointed cabins that will sleep 15.

Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said the campgrounds of Hamilton County have been busy this summer.

"So far, it's been a good season for camping. Facilities are in good shape," he said. "Little Wall Lake was totally filled every weekend in June."

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Bell's Mill Park in Hamilton County

Little Wall Lake has primitive camp sites for tents along with sites with full hookups for water, electric and sewer, and some with just water and electric. Two modern cabins are available for rent year round. The park and adjacent lake provide opportunities for many activities such as swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling.

Lammers said people sometimes forget about Bells Mill Park, 3100 Bells Mill Road. The small county park, pictured above, is off the beaten path and is situated next to the Boone River. It offers a quiet, serene setting for outdoors enthusiasts. Lammer said the campground has room for up to 70 units.

"It's a neat little, secluded area right along the river," he said.

There are no actual marked camping pads at Bells Mill Park. Campers are free to set up their camping units or tents on the grass areas. The campground has a modern shower/restroom facility, according to Lammers. Canoeing, hiking and fishing are waiting for campers at the park.

Briggs Woods, Iowa's first county park, offers 81 camping sites that accommodate everything from tents to large RV units. There are 30 full hook sites with water, sewer and electricity. All other sites are electrical. A modern shower house with handicap accessibility is also available. The park also features several cabins, including the two newer cabins which overlook the lake. The lake offers swimming with a sand beach, boating with electric motor only, and fishing. A trail leads through the park and leads hikers or bikers back to Webster City.

For more information on the many options available to campers in Hamilton County, visit the website



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