Tom and Ester Crellin, being very interested in wild turkeys, realized how important it is to preserve turkey habitat. In 1986, they 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.
This nature area is part of a very scenic stretch of the North Raccoon River. Although there is no hunting allowed, if you enjoy bird watching, hiking and/or stream fishing, you will find this a quiet, secluded area to “get away from it all”. We have heard it mentioned 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.
The gates remain closed, but you can park along the road at the entry sign and a map will guide you along the tree line to the area. Hours are ½ hour before sunrise to 10:00 p.m.
Crellin Wildlife Refuge
west of Minburn
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.