A new log cabin construction project is underway at Little Wall Lake Park, located 2.5 miles south of Jewell and 8 miles north of Story City, just off Highway 69. The construction of two new cabins is scheduled to be completed by this September, and is part of a series of future Hamilton County park cabins that will be built in the next few years. The cabins are located on the northeast side of the lake.

Modeled after the Legacy Cabin built last fall at Briggs Woods Park near Webster City, these native Iowa white oak cabins are sure to bring the same park experience with all of the modern comforts and conveniences at a great overnight rate. The larger log cabin is similar to the Legacy Cabin, in that it sleeps 12 to 15 people in three bedrooms with an extra sleeping area over the porch. The smaller log cabin sleeps 6 to 8 with two bedrooms. Both cabins will be fully furnished (visitors need to furnish their own bedding) and ADA-compliant, with a full kitchen and accessible bathrooms.

The building project is a cooperative effort of several partners, including Hamilton County Conservation Board, Prairie Rivers of Iowa and Dave Scott Construction.

The new cabins are perfect for that weekend getaway for two or for the whole family. Guests will be just yards away from the lake and all of the amenities of Little Wall Lake Park are right nearby.

Mike Brandrup, who manages the Prairie Rivers of Iowa Log Products program, secured the Iowa native oak logs used in these cabins and the Legacy Cabin. Brandrup is excited about the possibilities of this construction project:

"It’s gratifying to see these cabins constructed with Iowa oak logs. They are examples of sustainable and environmentally-friendly building that can stand for at least 100 years."

Pricing and reservation dates will be decided at the next Hamilton County Conservation Board meeting. News, pricing and open house information will be posted on www.mycountyparks.com and on Facebook at Hamilton County Conservation Board.

"Many people already enjoy the parks in Hamilton as is, but with these new treasures so close to home, they are hoping this will invite even more people to get outside," said Jessica Johnson, marketing coordinator for Prairie Rivers of Iowa.

Johnson says that just from looking at the number of people who have rented a cabin in Hamilton County, these new cabins at Little Wall Lake should draw more interest to the area. Cabin rental figures for area communities included: Ames, 115 guests; Gilbert, 60 guests; Huxley, 16 guests; Roland, 58 guests; and Story City, 151 guests. These numbers also do not even include the RV and tent camping usage.

Hamilton County Conservation Board was established in 1956. It manages and maintains three parks, a golf course and numerous wildlife areas. For more information visit www.mycountyparks.com.

Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501© (3) not-for-profit organization committed to strengthening Iowa’s communities and small businesses through the responsible stewardship of our natural resources. Prairie Rivers of Iowa is partners with Hamilton County Conservation on the log cabins and supplies native Iowa oak logs for cabin construction. Learn more at www.prrcd.org.