Remote and quiet, Willow Slough is a Mills County treasure

Monday, September 24, 2018

Willow Slough Wildlife Area is the solution to the problem of what to do with land too wet to farm.

The popular marsh in northeast Mills County has been drawing duck and goose hunters from southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska, and deer hunters from the surrounding communities since it was acquired in 1959.

But after the seasons close, it gets pretty quiet.

Like most state managed wildlife areas, 600-acre Willow Slough is open for recreation all year long. Pulling onto its west access lane, the miles of corn and beans give way to towering cottonwood trees, nervous deer bound away and mourning doves are quick to take wing.

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