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, native prairie, and wetlands, all contribute to the creation of the landscape in Howard County.
The Howard County Conservation Board provides the public with almost 2,000 acres of county conservation managed areas, helping to conserve our natural resources and preserve scenic sites so that present and future generations may enjoy them forever.
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Howard County has many trails, fitness clubs, snowmobiling trails, ski trails, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, hunting, fishing, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s clubs, swimming pools, and wellness centers. There is something for everyone!
** Please note: the boundaries in red 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.
Click on any of the Areas listed below to open a Aerial View Map
Recreational Table lists the amenities, facilities and activities offered at each of our wildlife areas.
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.
Jetty at Lake Hendricks
Howard County Conservation Contact
Prairie's Edge Nature Center
11562 Valley Ave
PO Box 157
Cresco IA 52136
Mon - Friday 8:00am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 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
Your one-stop point for Howard County Conservation Board news and information.