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Howard County Iowa Conservation Board - IDNR Areas

State Managed Areas

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) manages three areas in Howard County:

 Elma Wildlife Area

 Hayden Prairie

 Turkey River Access


Please click the images below for 2004 Aerial Photos and Maps of each area: Please note: the red boundaries drawn on these aerial photos are only to be used as guides and are not legally binding. Please use signs at the areas to mark actual boundaries.

State - Managed Areas

Elma Wildlife Area
Acreage/Description: 155 acres Timber, Floodplain Location/Directions: 4.3 miles West of Elma on B17
Game: Pheasant, Deer, Squirrel, and Waterfowl

Hayden Prairie
Acreage/Description: 240 acres Native Prairie
Location/Directions: 4.9 miles West of Lime Springs on A23
Game: Pheasant, Rabbit, and Deer

Turkey River Access
Acreage/Description: 410 acres 1/2 Timber, 1/2 Upland
Location/Directions: 1 miles South of Cresco on V-58, 0.6 miles East on Kings Road
Game:Deer, Squirrel, Rabbit and Turkey

For more information about these areas please contact:
Iowa Wildlife Biologist - Upper Iowa Unit 3501 Highlandville Rd.

P.O. Box 122 Highlandville, IA 52149
Phone Number:
(563) 546-7960
Phone Number : (563) 380-3422
Email: Terry

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 Contact

Address: 11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157 Cresco IA 52136 Prairie's Edge Nature Center:

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday 10:00am - 2:30pm
Office Phone Number:
(563) 547-3634

Fax Number: (563) 547-5309

Lake Hendricks Number: (641) 985-2127

Conservation Director: Harold Chapman