Howard County Conservation Board - Camping

Howard County Conservation Board  - Camping

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

We do not take reservations for camping, all areas are first come - first served.


The Howard County Conservation Department aims to have all campgrounds, including their bathrooms and water hookups at each campsite, by the first FULL weekend in May.  However, we are on Mother Nature’s schedule when it comes to the weather, so the extended forecast must include above freezing temperatures in order for the water to be turned on and dry enough ground conditions for the campgrounds to open.


The Howard County Conservation Department turns off all water and closes restrooms in all parks and campgrounds beginning on the second Monday in October.  However, we are on Mother Nature’s schedule when it comes to freezing temperatures, so if there are freezing temperatures in the forecast BEFORE the second Monday in October the water and restrooms in the parks and campgrounds may be turned off earlier

Protected by woods and amid the scenic view of the Turkey River, the campground is located up a winding country road just beyond the Prairie's Edge Nature Center. Click Here for more Information About the Turkey River Campground.

Enjoy modern restrooms – flush toilets and showers, explore the state's largest prairie area, experience history and discover nature! Hayden Prairie is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. For more information please contact the Iowa Wildlife Biologist - Upper Iowa Unit at (563) 382-4895. Click here for more information about the Lidtke Campground  

Experience nature while walking one of the many trails, visiting the deer pen, sitting at the butterfly garden, fishing, or swimming in the lake! One of the oldest parks in the county conservation board system, it is also the largest and most popular park belonging to the Howard County Conservation Board. Click here for more information about the Lake Hendricks Campground 

In an effort to keep up with the acquisition, development, and maintenance of Howard County's natural areas, the staff is always working on new projects. Please check back on this page for any updates or send us an email.

  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.

Camping is a GREAT way to get away from it all...