Fishing

GUTHRIE COUNTY—IOWA

Guthrie County Conservation

The Guthrie County Conservation Board (GCCB) offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities for the public. Species of fish commonly caught in Guthrie County are Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish and an occasional Northern Pike.

FISHING RULES & REGULATIONS:

The GCCB office, located in Panora, Iowa, has several helpful brochures with fishing regulations and license instructions. However, for a complete list of all fishing regulations, please contact the DNR Central Office in Des Moines or see the DNR's "Fishing Information" online.

 

 

FISHING LICENSE:

You may purchase a fishing license at the GCCB office (please call in advance, 641.755.3061) in Panora, Lake Lumber in Panora, Sparky's Gas Station in Guthrie Center, and the Guthrie County Courthouse in Guthrie Center. You can also purchase a fishing license online, too.

BENNIE HALL WILDLIFE AREA:  The 220-acre area lies adjacent to existing public land and created a 517-acre wildlife habitat complex.  The area’s primary use will be to serve as a wildlife habitat for game and non-game species.  Hunting, fishing, bird watching, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking will be the primary activities in the area. 

 

HARVEY RIVER ACCESS - MIDDLE RACCOON RIVER ACCESS:
Newest river access added.  2nd point of access on the South Raccoon River located at 310th and Wax.  Undeveloped access with parking on gravel road only.

 

HIGHWAY 141 - MIDDLE RACCOON RIVER ACCESS:
Newest river access added in the Summer of 2004. Located on the east side of Coon Rapids along Hwy 141.

 

LENON MILL PARK:
Nestled by the banks of the
Middle Raccoon River you'll find the original site of the old Lenon Mill that was built in 1863. First built as a woolen mill, it was changed to a flour mill in 1877. One remaining grinding stone stands in the spot of the old historic mill. Lenon Mill Park is available for camping (including an RV hook-up, water, bathrooms, and a shelter house), has an access for canoes on the Middle Raccoon River, and has excellent fishing. Species of fish commonly caught at Lenon Mill Park include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish and an occasional Northern Pike.

 

MIDDLE RACCOON RIVER ACCESS:
This is the third access on the
Middle Raccoon River located 5 miles southeast of Panora and Lenon Mill Park access.

 

NATIONS BRIDGE PARK:
This 81-acre park is located 5 miles north of Stuart or 8 miles south of Panora on Highway P28. Nations Bridge Park offers picnicking, 2 shelter houses, self-guided nature trails, fishing, playground equipment, 9-hole disc golf, and camping -- with electricity, water, toilets, hot showers, and a dump station. Also, facilities for scouts, clubs, and organizations are available. Nations Bridge Park is a popular area for all ages and an excellent spot for catfishing along the South Raccoon River. The Park Ranger's residence is on site. Office phone is 515.523.1789. [
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SUTCLIFFE WOODLAND AREA:
Sutcliffe Woodland is a beautiful 55-acre oak-hickory area designated as a wildlife refuge. It offers a 31-post self-guided interpretive nature trail available for the public & school groups, as well as picnicking, hiking, & pond fishing. Sutcliffe Woodland is located 7 miles west and 1.5 miles south of Guthrie Center (follow the road signs).

 

 

 

Phone: 641.755.3061

Fax: 641.755.4066

E-mail: gccb@netins.net

 

Updated Feb 2017

To contact us:

Fishing at Lenon Mill Park

in Panora.

Guthrie County Conservation Areas