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Burr Oak Lodge


Burr Oak with the Fern Cliff Hunting Preserve to provide expert services in upland game hunts and or wild hunts.  The lodge has a number of amenities for hunters: large closet space, free laundry, rooms that sleep up to 10, continental breakfast.




Burr Oak Lodge

1804 315th Street

Brighton, IA 52540



Located 40 miles south of Iowa City, just off of Iowa HWY 1 South, HWY 78 and HWY 34 are two miles south of the lodge.






Highland Hideaway Hunting


The preserve land at Highland Hideaway (over 1100 acres) has plenty of high quality pheasants, chukars, and quail.  Amenities for hunters include: rooms that sleep up to 16, large eating/entertainment areas, patios, breakfast/lunch/supper, bed linen and towels included, and a free shuttle to Riverside






Highland Hideaway

3127 160th Street

Riverside, IA 52327









Hawkeye Motel


This motel offers a free indoor pheasant cleaning station that includes: three-basin stainless steel sink, stainless steel table, freezers for storing birds, and fridges in every room.  Dogs are welcome.  All rooms are non-smoking.




Hawkeye Motel

1320 W. Madison St.

Washington, IA 52353




Located just West of HWY 1 and HWY 92 intersection.



Public Hunting Areas



Public Hunting Areas


English River Wildlife Area

The English River Wildlife Area is in the far northwest corner of Washington county.Utah Hunting


Acres: 673


Primary Game Species: Deer, Pheasant, Waterfowl






Clemons Creek Wildlife Area

Visit the diverse habitat at Clemons Creek just W. of Washington, IA.

Contact the Conservation Board to receive your certification for hunting at Clemon's Creek.


Acres: 290





Sockum Ridge County Park

Sockum Ridge, west of Crawfordsville, has a significant deer population.  Sockum Ridge also has an extensive biking and hiking trail system, so be prepared to share the area.


Acres: 208


Primary Game Species: Deer, Squirrel, Wild Turkey





Fern Cliff County Park

Fern Cliff Park is a wooded area West of Crawfordsville.


Acres: 56


Primary Game Species: Deer, Squirrel





Schmitter Heritage Area

Schmitter Heritage Area is located north of Lake Darling State Park in the southwest corner of Washington County.


Acres: 80


Primary Game Species: Deer, Pheasant, Wild Turkey




Rubio Wildlife Area

Rubio Wildlife area is just north of the small town of Rubio, IA in the southwest corner of Washington County.  This area is especially good for Pheasant Hunting in the late season!




Primary Game Species: Pheasant, Deer, Wild Turkey





Of Iowa's 99 counties, Washington County was among the top 15 for highest deer count at the end of 2007 (Iowa DNR, 2008 Deer & Turkey Harvest Report). 

Washington County is also a great location for pheasant hunting, as mapped by the Iowa DNR (Iowa DNR 2007 Small Game Distribution). 

Washington County is Zone 5 for deer and Zone 7 for turkey.  Hunters will also find waterfowl and quail. 

Areas ranging from wetlands to timberlands give hunters a wide range of field opportunities. 


Be sure to add Washington County to your calendar for this year's hunting season!


For a detailed directory of public hunting areas in Washington County and to obtain licenses for out of state hunters, visit the Washington County Conservation Board.


Marr Park

2943 Hwy 92

Ainsworth, IA










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