Cabin unveiled

Despite the rainy weather, the Hamilton County Conservation Board saw a good turnout at the Hickory Cabin open house Tuesday night at Briggs Woods Park.

Construction on the Hickory Cabin began last September according to Brian Lammers, director of the Hamilton County Conservation Department.

“We did the foundation work and poured the concrete in September and started putting the logs up in October,” said Lammers. “We had the frame and roof on by December.”

Along with Hamilton County Conservation, Scott Construction of Granger helped with the completion of the cabin.

Lammers said that they are still waiting on a few items of furniture including futons and sitting chairs. Lammers said that they are set to arrive towards the end of June.

The Hickory Cabin officially opens on July 1. According to Lammers the months of July and August are nearly filled with visitors anxious to see the newest addition at Briggs Woods Park.

“The next availability is in September,” Lammers said.

“If people want to reserve a cabin they need to go online to do so,” said Lammers. “There is a calendar available online just like the rest of the cabins. They can figure out what date they want .”

To book a cabin visit www.MyCountyParks.com.

The online calendar goes two years in advance, which gives visitors and locals plenty of time to plan ahead for that next vacation or getaway.

Hickory Cabin sleeps up to 13 people, has two bathrooms (one on each floor), and is equipped with three televisions.

The main floor boasts a kitchen with a fridge, oven, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker; and an open floor plan perfect for larger gatherings.

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley Board Member Mike Brandrup said that Legacy Learning will be using the cabin for classes in the future.

“This cabin is designed a bit differently than the other ones because we’ve been working with Legacy Learning here in Webster City and they are going to host some classes inside this cabin,” said Lammers. “The downstairs is more open so that we can set up tables and chairs in classroom style settings.”

The Hickory Cabin will rent for $200 a night on the weekends and $155 on the weekdays. During the winter time there is no weekend/weekday rate. The flat rate during the winter months is $100 a night.

“We are open year round so come out and see us,” said Lammers.