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Fishing clinicThe 62 acres of prime land that is Glissman Conservation Area was donated to the Dallas County Conservation Board by Hans Glissman in 1991. Hans was aware that the conservation board’s philosophy of land acquisition was to preserve, enhance and protect the land through various resource management techniques such as forestry and wildlife practices. Hans wished to protect his land from land development and maintain its natural state so the partnership was a good fit for both.

Located in the Raccoon River Greenbelt area, on Panther Creek Road in Adel,there are 52.1 acres consisting of mid-age oaks and hickory woodlands. Approximately 2.5 acres are in grasslands and woodland areas. There is a 7.5 acre pond with lots of good-eating-sized pan fish. You will find good populations of wildlife and a wide diversity of plant species. Significant geological sites are also present. Recreational opportunities might include bird watching, hiking, fishing, picnicking and mushroom hunting.

Also located on the property is a house providing a panoramic view of the pond and valley. The house has been restored and is now used a short-term rental lodge.

The long term intention of the Dallas County Conservation Board is to increase the size of the Glissman land to eventually connect Pleasant Valley and the Kuehn Conservation Area.

The gate remains locked unless there is a interpretive program in session or the Lodge has been rented; to access the natural resources available, you must park outside the gate and walk in. Glissman is open ½ hour before sunrise and closed at 10:00 p.m. each day.


Lodge  Capacity Cost  Amenities
Rental Info
Glissman Lodge      1-8  $100.00 night Fri & Sat (2 night min)
$100.00 night Holidays (3 night min)
$70.00 night Sun thru Thurs (no min)
$480.00 weekly (7 nights)
all stays require a 5% excise tax

ADA shower/bath
Heat/Air Cond
Full kitchen


May 1st - Oct 31st Reservations accepted 
April - when conditions permit
November - when conditions permit

$150.00 deposit



From Adel, go west on County Road F60, about three miles to the junction with Panther Creek Road. Turn south on Panther Creek Road and proceed to a “T” intersection. Turn left at this intersection to stay on Panther Creek Road. After the left turn, the road will go east for about ¼ mile and then it bends back to the right. Watch for the entrance to the area which will be on the west (right) side of the road, just before the road bends to the east.

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