Guthrie County offers a wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities for the public. Woodlands, prairies, wetlands, and river valleys totaling hundreds of acres await those who wish to hunt in Guthrie County.  For more information about hunting in Iowa, including information for nonresidents, please visit the Department of Natural Resources Informational website.  

Bays Branch


990-acre state wildlife area for public hunting and fishing.  Located 2 miles north of Panora and 2 miles east of Hwy 4.


Bennie Hall Wildlife Area


220-acre area lies adjacent to existing public land and creates a 517-acre wildlife habitat complex.  The area's primary use is wildlife habitat for game and non-game species with hunting, fishing, birdwatching, hiking, and canoeing/kayaking available to the public.


Elk Grove Wildlife Area

Coon Rapids

1,600-acre public wildlife area consisting mostly of timber.  Public hunting is allowed. Located northwest of Guthrie Center or south of Coon Rapids.


Highway 141 River Access

Coon Rapids

River Fishing.  First access on the Middle Raccoon River in Guthrie County, located just east of Coon Rapids on Hwy 141.


J Cowles River Access


River Fishing.  This is the fourth access on the Middle Raccoon River located 8 miles south of Panora, along P28.


Lakin Slough


Just east of Yale on Hwy F25, this is a state-owned wildlife area consisting of 345 acres and is used primarily by waterfowl hunters.


Lenon Mill


River Fishing.  Excellent spot along the Middle Raccoon River for camping, fishing, hiking, and canoeing.  Species of fish commonly caught at Lenon Mill Park include Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Croppie, Bluegill, Walleye, Channel Catfish and an occasional Northern Pike.


Marlowe Ray Wildlife Area


River Fishing.  State wildlife area of 187 acres for public hunting and fishing; adjoins S.E. Robinson Area. 6 miles south of Panora on the Middle Raccoon River.  It’s quite a hike to get to the river so take your hiking shoes.


McCord Pond


112 acres of wetland for public hunting. 2 miles southwest of Bayard.


Middle Raccoon River Access


River Fishing.  This is the third access on the Middle Raccoon River located 5 miles southeast of Panora, off of P28 at the Morrisburg Church.


Monteith Wildlife

Guthrie Center

240 acres located 3.5 miles south and one mile east of Guthrie Center. The Monteith Wildlife Area is a public hunting area with excellent habitat for upland game species, whitetail deer, and wild turkey.

Hunting and Fishing

Nations Bridge


River Fishing.  Excellent spot along the South Raccoon River for camping, fishing, hiking, and canoeing.


P28 River Access


River Fishing.  This is the second access on the Middle Raccoon River located 1.5 miles south of Panora along P28/Wagon Road.


S.E. Robinson Area

Guthrie Center

River Fishing.  110-acre wildlife area located along the Middle Raccoon river 5.5 miles southeast of Panora.  Although this area is mainly used for hunting, it is a excellent location for hiking, bird watching, and fishing.


Seely Creek Timber

Guthrie Center

187 acres of timber for public hunting (the area is land-locked, permission needed to access). 1 mile south of Highway 44, east of Guthrie Center (6 miles).


Springbrook State Park

Guthrie Center

River Fishing.  A boat ramp on the lake provides convenient access for anglers seeking crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, bullhead and catfish. Ice fishing is enjoyed in the winter. Three fishing jetties are located along the lake trail. Boats using the lake may only use electric motors. A boat ramp is located on the Middle Raccoon River. A trail also takes anglers to a fishing riffle.  7 miles north of Guthrie Center on Hwy 25.


Sutcliffe Woodland Area

Guthrie Center

Pond Fishing.  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, & fishing. Sutcliffe Woodland is located 7 miles west and 1.5 miles south of Guthrie Center (follow the road signs).



Private Hunting Establishments

Iowa Droptine Outfitters- Guthrie Center 
2553 180th St  |  phone 641.524.5211


Iowa Trophy Hunting - Guthrie Center 
2462 160th Rd  |  phone 641.747.2422


Lone Wolf Lodge - Linden 
3396 268th St |  phone 641.757.2116


Quills, Inc. - Guthrie Center 
2786 Oak Ave | phone 800.524.5389


Windance Outfitters - Adair 
2922 Dogwood Ave  | phone 641.742.3740

Guthrie County Tourism Council 

206 W South St.  Panora, IA  50216

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