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Due to a staff shortage, The Boone County Planning and Development Department will be unable to process passports on Wednesday April 24th, or Friday April 26th. Normal operation will resume on April 29th.

J. Carlson Wildlife Area

While here you will find a planted sand prairie, 22 acre lake with bluegill, catfish, crappie, bass, and rough fish. This area is also open for public hunting. You may find upland birds, rabbits, deer, and waterfowl.

An osprey nest has been constructed to draw the bird to the area. Pelicans can also be seen swimming around the lake at different times of the year.

This 156 acre wildlife area has been under a management lease from the USACE since 2002.


Located between Boone and Ogden off of old Highway 30.

1168 Old Hwy 30
Boone, IA 50036

Map · J. Carlson Wildlife Area

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