A 234-acre park to experience nature at its finest.
Experience nature while walking one of the many trails, visiting the
deer pen, sitting at the butterfly garden, fishing, or swimming in the
One of the oldest parks in the county conservation board system, it is
also the largest and most popular park belonging to the Howard County
Conservation Board. This scenic park includes a 54-acre man-made lake
and serves as a multiple use area offering a wide variety of outdoor
opportunities. Activities include fishing, picnicking, biking, camping,
canoeing and boating (electric engines only), a 150-foot beach for
swimming (unsupervised), nature trails, and cross country skiing along
with an archery range, softball diamond, and playground equipment.
The park opens each day at 6:00 am and closes at 10:30 pm and is open to camping
from May to October. A park ranger resides on the premises year-round and may be
reached at 641-985-2127.
Camping: Upper and
lower campgrounds provide for 80 modern and primitive camping sites with
electricity, water, showers, restrooms (flush toilets), and two available picnic
shelters. There are designated camping areas with a picnic table and fire ring,
but no camping pads. Supervised youth groups are allowed at a reduced rate.
Please contact the HCCB office at 563-547-3634 in advance for this special rate.
Camping Fees: Please check the self registration board for current rates. Self
registration must be completed within one hour of arrival. As with all of our
Howard County parks, campsites are on a "first come, first serve" basis. We do
not take reservations at this time.
Picnicking: Several areas are provided with picnic facilities
including shelters, tables, fire rings, trash containers, and toilets. Two
shelter houses are available: the large shelter is located in the lower
campground with the smaller shelter in the upper campground. Reservations are
available at no cost, but please note that reservations are not accepted on
major holiday weekends. Please contact the park ranger at 641-985-2127 for
Fishing: Lake Hendricks experienced a fish kill during the
winter of 1995-1996. Fingerling bluegill and catfish were stocked in the fall of
1996. Largemouth bass were stocked in the spring of 1997. The lake is managed
for these three species. Introduction of other species can alter the proper
balance of fish, and because of this it is illegal for the public to stock any
fish in Lake Hendricks.
Swimming: A large sand beach is located on the west side of the
lake. This is the only area where swimming or wading is allowed. The beach is
not supervised. Parents are urged to watch children closely. The beach hours are
from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Hiking/Nature Study: Several hiking trails have been
established, including a 0.4 mile self-guided nature trail. Hikers should wear
neutral colored clothing and walk quietly in order to view as much wildlife as
possible. Also the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail runs through Lake Hendricks.
Archery: A field archery range is located at the northeast
corner of Lake Hendricks Park and is managed by the Riceville Archer's Club.
Ranger users are to abide by the safety rules and regulations of the course at
History: For some
interesting history on Lake Hendricks CLICK HERE.
||All campers must register.
||No more than one camping unit per campsite.
||All visitors must be out of the park by 10:30 p.m.
||Radios, TV's or other noise making devices shall
under no circumstances be used between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
outside of the camping unit.
||Fires can be built only in designated areas.
||All campers are expected to keep their campsite
clean and in an orderly manner.
||All waste and trash will be placed only in
receptacles provided for that purpose.
||Possession of keg beer is prohibited, unless
authorized by the HCCB Director.
||All pets in the park must be kept confined or on a
leash and kept under control.
||The cutting of trees, dead or alive, is absolutely
||Check-out time is at 3:00 p.m.
||Maximum length stay is 14 days.
For Further Information Contact:
9850 Addison Ave
Lake Hendricks Park
Riceville IA 50466
Howard County Conservation Board
11562 Valley Ave, PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
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