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20+ Mile trail

Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

15 - Species

Found at the Butterfly Garden 

3,000 - Plants

Found at the Butterfly Garden 



11562 Valley Ave PO Box 157 Cresco IA 52136

The Howard County Conservation Board

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.




Dennis Christensen - Chairman
Don Burnikel - Vice-Chairman
Mike Natvig, Gerry Haar, Diane Kueker

The monthly regular board meetings of the Howard County Conservation Board are the first Wednesday of the month. The meetings begin at 4:00 pm at the Prairie's Edge Nature Center

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

Mon - Fri 8 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm

Office Phone number: (563) 547-3634  
Lake Hendricks number: (641) 985 - 2127
Conservation Director:
Jeff Korsmo

Park Ranger: Ryan Sindelar
Park Ranger: Craig Fencl
Naturalist: Angela Bries

Lake Hendricks Ranger: Skyler Foley

 Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day 10 am - 2:30 pm

Bonair Shooting Range Information

Howard County Conservation Board

Please take a moment to get to know us and feel free to stop in so

we can get to know you too!

Howard County Parks are a great way to discover outdoor recreational opportunities. Activities provided are numerous and include hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking,  boating and


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.

Howard County is fortunate to be blessed with an abundance of wildlife and is rich in natural resources. Three major rivers, 

the Wapsipinicon, Turkey and Upper Iowa, along with Crane Creek, many tributary streams and ponds intermingling through a diversity of woodland

Thank you for visiting and exploring all of the

Howard County, Iowa Conservation Areas