Welcome to Howard County, Iowa

Howard County Iowa - Recreation


Resources & Enviroment

Howard County Conservation Board  


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, snowmobiling, 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.

 Campgrounds

 Turkey River Campground

 Lidtke Campground  

 Lake Hendricks Campground

  Camping fees at all of the HCCB campgrounds are $25.00/Night, which includes water and electrical hook-ups at each site

 Facilities & Trails Details

Prairie's Edge Nature Center
The Vernon Springs Mill Pond
Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail
Prairie Springs Recreational Trail
Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail
Parks and Recreation
Natural Resource Areas

 The  HCCB DOES NOT take Reservations at any of it's Campgrounds, all Sites are First come... First served

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