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
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.
Dennis Christensen, Chairman
Cleon Seedorf, Vice-Chairman
The monthly regular board meetings of the Howard
County Conservation Board have changed from the second Wednesday of the month to
the FIRST Wednesday of the month. The meeting still begins at 6:00PM at the
Prairie's Edge Nature Center.
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.
HUNTING AND FISHING
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.
RULES & REGULATIONS
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
||All wastes and trash will be placed only in receptacles provided for
||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.
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Office Phone Number:
Lake Hendricks Number:
Employees in the Conservation Office:
Howard County Extension
Mighty Howard County Fair
Howard Soil & Water
Camp Site RV
Iowa Pheasants Forever
Northeast Iowa Resource
Conservation & Development (RC&D)
Links to all of Iowa's County
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