Howard County Iowa Conservation Board - IDNR Areas

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) manages three areas in Howard County

The Iowa DNR offers many opportunities to explore the state’s diverse natural resources, better understand the environmental issues it faces, and learn skills to help enjoy outdoor activities.


The IDNR Mission statement: To conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life

in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.


 Elma Wildlife Area

 Hayden Prairie

 Turkey River Access


 Please click the images below for 2004 Aerial Photos and Maps of each area:
 Please note: the red boundaries drawn on these aerial photos are only to be used as guides and are not legally binding. 

 Please use signs at the areas to mark actual boundaries.


Elma Wildlife Area
Acreage/Description: 155 acres Timber, Floodplain Location/Directions: 4.3 miles West of Elma on B17Game: Pheasant, Deer, Squirrel, and Waterfowl

Hayden Prairie
Acreage/Description: 240 acres Native Prairie
Location/Directions: 4.9 miles West of Lime Springs on A23 Game: Pheasant, Rabbit, and Deer

Turkey River Access
Acreage/Description: 410 acres 1/2 Timber, 1/2 Upland Location/Directions: 1 miles South of Cresco on V-58, 0.6 miles East on Kings Road Game:Deer, Squirrel, Rabbit and Turkey

For more information about these areas please contact: 

Iowa Wildlife Biologist - Upper Iowa Unit 3501 Highlandville Rd.
P.O. Box 122 Highlandville, IA 52149
Phone Number:
(563) 379-5725
Email: Troy Anderson

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.

Howard County Conservation Contact

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

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00 pm, 1:00pm - 4:00 pm
Office phone number:
(563) 547-3634

Lake Hendricks number: (641) 985-2127

Conservation Director: Jeff Korsmo

IDNR Areas

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