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Our Town Waukon - Yellow River State Forest

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WAUKON - In the heart of Allamakee County, the scenery surrounding this town of about 4,000 is one-of-a-kind. Some call it a hidden gem. In a state known as flat and barren, Our Town Waukon truly stands out. With rolling hills and meandering streams. Majestic trees and sandstone bluffs. This country-side seems straight out of a dream. And all that nature makes Waukon a four-season recreational paradise.

"They can get back to nature down here. There are a lot of experiences you can have here where in a larger city you couldn't experience," said Bill Collins, Iowa DNR.

And there is no better place to experience it all than Our Town Waukon. The campgrounds, hiking and equestrian trails, the hunting and fishing spots, everything is less than a half-hour drive away.

It's all part of the Yellow River State Forest. The first lands acquired for the forest were purchased in 1935. Something interesting--in 1947, a saw mill was moved to the land. The DNR forestry division continues to operate it.

"They harvest the timber from the Yellow River Forest, saw it into planks of all sizes, and these pieces of wood are used in parks for making signs or picnic tables and for state businesses," said Collins.

It's an area unlike any other in eastern Iowa. Something the locals hold near and dear to their hearts.

DNR Officer Bill Collins patrols Allamakee County. He has turned a love of the outdoors into a career. And Collins says he is lucky enough to spend his days in a beautiful office without walls. And even the driving is pleasant for Collins.

The area is marked with scenic by-ways. It's definitely a view worth seeing. It's a view that has brought tourists from all over to Our Town Waukon.

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