Parks and Recreation Areas

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Crellin Wildlife Refuge borderIn 1986, Tom and Ester Crellin, wild turkey enthusiasts, donated approximately 16 acres of riparian forest along the North Raccoon River located approximately 5 miles southwest of Minburn and specified that the area would be used as a wildlife refuge and nesting preserve.  

Hunting is not allowed on this  quiet, secluded, scenic stretch of the North Raccoon River, but bi

rd watching, hiking and stream fishing are favorite past times.  It's been rumored that mushrooms can be found on the property as well!

Major tree species are Ash, Cottonwood, Silver Maple, Box Elders and Willows. The area is used by a host of wildlife species such as deer, wood ducks, and of course, the Crellin’s favored wild turkey.

Wild turkeys

The gates remain closed, but you can park along the road at the entry sign and a map will guide you along tree line to the area. Hours are ½ hour before sunrise to 10:00 p.m.


Travel west from Minburn on County Road F31 and cross the North Raccoon River. The first intersection west of the river is with Lexington Road. Turn south (left) on Lexington Road and proceed about one mile to the entry sign.

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