The goal of the Howard County Conservation Board is to encourage awareness and enjoyment of our Natural Resources by providing a better understanding of our environment. 

  Howard County, Iowa - Conservation

Summer Hours Will Begin May 25, 2019
All Campgrounds and Howard County Conservation Areas are open for the Season
Camping Fees are $25.00 a Night at ALL Campgrounds

Current Conservation Board Members:
Dennis Christensen – Chairman
Don Burnikel – Vice-Chairman
Diane Kueker – Secretary
Mike Natvig – Member
Gerry Haar - Member
The monthly regular board meetings of the Howard County Conservation Board are the first Wednesday of the month. The meeting begins at 4:00PM at the Prairie's Edge Nature Center.

The Howard County Conservation Board welcomes you. Please take a moment to get to know us and feel free to stop in so we can get to know you too!

The Howard County Conservation Board (HCCB) was authorized by a vote of the people at a general election in 1956, for the purpose of acquiring and developing county parks, preserves, wildlife areas, forests and other conservation areas and to encourage the wise management of our natural resources.

The conservation board consists of five individuals who show demonstrated interests in conservation and recreational activities. Conservation board members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to staggered 5-year terms and serve without compensation.

Howard County Parks are a great way to discover outdoor recreational opportunities. Activities provided are numerous and include hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, boating and canoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, bike riding, firearm shooting, nature study, bird watching, photography, softball, volleyball and archery.

The Howard County Conservation Board encourages the public's participation in all recreational opportunities offered and continues to work at keeping these areas in quality shape. Please respect our areas and leave them as you would like to find them.

From the trout of Bigalk’s Stream to the pan fish and bass of Lake Hendricks to the other wildlife that roam the county’s forests and prairies, one doesn’t have to look far to find great locations for hunting and fishing in Howard County. While out in the fields or on the lakes and streams, please remember to respect all hunting and fishing regulations. Hunting is permitted in most County Conservation Areas. Information on the regulations and a complete list of hunting areas may be found at the Nature Center or by calling the Conservation Office at (563)547-3634.

The Howard County Conservation Board has adapted the following major rules and regulations for the land it manages, so that everybody can continue to enjoy these areas and to protect them for the future.
All parks closed to use from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
All vehicles are restricted to designated roadways and parking areas. The maximum speed limit is 10 MPH.
Fires can be built in designated areas only.
Camping is allowed only in areas designated by the Conservation Board.
All wastes and trash will be placed only in receptacles provided for that purpose.
All pets in the parks must be kept confined or on a leash.
Firearms and weapons are allowed only in areas designated for hunting and shooting.
It is illegal to remove, injure, destroy, or deface any natural or man-made structures or materials, including trees, flowers, or wildlife except with the permission of the board. (Mushrooms, fruits, and nuts can be harvested for personal use.)
It is illegal to possess keg beer in any county park without having a special permit. Permits are available at the Howard County Conservation Office: (563)547-3634.


The Howard County Conservation Board in the provisions of services and facilities to the public does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, national origin, age, or handicap. If anyone believes he or she has been subject to such discrimination, he or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Howard County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, US Dept. of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.
Howard County Conservation Board logo
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136

Prairie's Edge
Nature Center:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 4:00pm
10:00am - 2:30pm

Office Phone Number:

FAX Number:

Lake Hendricks Number:

Conservation Director:
Harold Chapman

Employees in the Conservation Office:
Park Ranger:
Ryan Sindelar

Park Ranger:
Jeff Korsmo

Park Ranger:
Craig Fencl

Angela Bries

Conservation Links:

Discover Cresco

Howard County

Howard County Extension

Mighty Howard County Fair

Howard Soil & Water
Conservation District

Camp Site RV

Iowa Pheasants Forever

Links to all of Iowa's County
Conservation Boards

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
 (click "Explore Iowa")

Iowa by Trail - Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service

Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

Upper Iowa River - Howard County, IA

Summer Fun by the Lidtke Mill - Lime Springs, IA

Lake Hendrichs - Riceville, IA

Restored Prairie - Riceville, IA