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Pre-construction work has begun on the Prairie Springs Recreational Trail. The work being done at this time consists mainly of clearing and grubbing along the trail from the Cresco Yard Waste Site down to the Prairie’s Edge Nature Center. Please be aware that this section of the trail is now closed! Please obey all trail closure barricades. These closures will also affect potions of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. When using these trails, if you come to a trail closure,

PLEASE TURN AROUND and go back the way you came. Please bear with the Howard County Conservation Department and the City of Cresco as we work to improve the Prairie Springs Recreational Trail for all users!

ALL Howard County Conservation managed campgrounds are open for the 2023 camping season!

The HCCB does NOT take reservations, campsites are filled on a first come first serve basis!



11562 Valley Avenue PO Box 157 Cresco, Iowa 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

Howard County Conservation Office/Prairie’s Edge Nature Center will be closed:

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

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 canoeing.

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 and many tributary streams and ponds intermingle through a diversity of woodlands.

Thank you for visiting and exploring all of the

Howard County, Iowa Conservation Areas