97.17 ACRES - LINN COUNTY, IA Auction

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Location: Boy Scout Road, Waubeek, IA

5 p.m. Thursday, April 27th, 2023
Camp Waubeek In Linn Co, Ia - 97.17 Acres
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Auction Date: 04/27/2023 Auction Time: 5:00 PM

Auction Location: Camp Waubeek, Hanford Pavillion, Boy Scout Road, Waubeek Iowa/ Central City Iowa

Open house dates: Join us to view the property on 4/8 and 4/14 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Other showings will be by appointment only.

The Hawkeye Area Council Boy Scouts of America is offering Camp Waubeek for sale by Auction. Own a legacy farm and a piece of rich history.

Opportunities to acquire properties like this happen so rarely that you forget the last time I saw it. The camp has been under the same ownership and care since the 1960s. As the camp grew in popularity, so did the ecological management plans. As you wander through the mature hardwood ridges, it is amazing to think that no logging has been done in the timber for almost 65 years. It is such a classic mature timber that you can see the tree species change as you descend in elevation toward the Wapsipinicon River. With almost 1/2 mile of river frontage, grabbing a seat to take in the stunning views is very easy. The steep limestone bluffs that fall straight to the river only allow specific ways to the riverbank, but it doesn’t matter! The longstanding attention to keeping the habitat “native Iowa” is around every corner. Meticulous care and stewardship have been utilized, never losing sight of the future. Touring these grounds, it is easy to notice all the outdoor and environmental ethics that the scouting community has lived by for so many years.

The north grounds are sprawling with several buildings and outbuildings on the property. A large machine shed, a cold storage building, a heated cabin (Health Lodge), the crown jewel and the Hanford lodge are the primary structures. There is a full shower house and other outbuildings used for storage throughout the grounds. The Hanford is a wonderful sized lodge, with an industrial kitchen and a full basement. The stone fireplace is a warming touch to the building. There is ample space for storage and additional bathrooms if you choose.

The health lodge was the residence of the camp ranger for years. The lodge/house has a rustic look on the outside but the amenities inside are more than you expect. It is the only building on the property that is heated year-round. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, a kitchen and a small family room. Pending the outcome of the TOT, this can be a permanent residence.

The other lodges on the property are very well built and rustic. They are designed to house several campers per day. Wood stoves are the primary source of heat. They are a fantastic structure for what they are designed for!

A quick walk to the west from the Hanford allows you to get to some of the amazing views of the river this property has. This stretch of river, in my opinion, is one of the best walleye and smallmouth bass areas. Deep, long running holes, with many limestone boulders make wonderful habitat. Canoeing, floating, swimming and fishing can all be “right out” your back door! To the south of the Hanford and situated in the middle of the property is the large mowed open area. With several acres to work with the options for this space are numerous

An internal trail system allows for the wonderful utilization of the property. You could hike, horseback ride or use an ATV to explore your new dream property. Hunting will be everything you expect in an eastern Iowa property, there is no doubt. However, one of the striking features of the property is how you can use the property for so many different activities. The property is laid out for a corporate retreat, a private residence, hobby farm, organic farm, or a campground. If you can dream of it in the country, I am pretty sure this property can accomplish it!

The south portion of the property is almost exclusively mature timber. The road frontage leads to a couple of campsites that are carved into the timber. These locations are the trailheads to the trail system feeding this property.

These hardwood ridges and valleys all feed down to the river. This makes for a quick hike or ATV access to some of the best boating and fishing on this stretch of river. The habitat for wildlife is all around you. While taking photographs, the turkeys were gobbling constantly and on almost every ridge, you could jump a deer from its bed.

This area gives the feel of more seclusion, with the mature timber running to the road. The raw, untouched timber quickly engulfs you as you descend further from the road. It is undoubtedly a fantastic property to hunt, fish and recreate in any form you desire. This easily could be one of the best recreational properties that this county has to offer. The pristine habitat, the views and the serenity are something you must see.

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