Our Properties

Activities that can be found within the Iowa County Conservation properties include: fishing, camping, conservation education programs, picnicking, hiking and swimming. Activities such as cross-country skiing, ice fishing and camping are also available in the winter recreation season. Our property hours are 6am to 10:30pm.

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Berstler Woods

3150 GG Ave North English, IA 52316 Berstler Woods is located just 2 miles south of Millersburg. The 69-acre oak-hickory timber and grassland, is rich in Native American history as well as an excellent wildlife area. The Conservation Board acquired the land with assistance from the Iowa Wildlife Habitat Stamp Fund, supported by Iowa hunters more »

Big Bend Conservation Area

2370 HWY F-15 Marengo, IA 52301 The Big Bend Conservation Area is located just 2 miles northeast of Marengo, along the Iowa River Corridor. Big Bend is an excellent wildlife area that includes 250 acres of cottonwood-maple forest mixed with 70 acres of wetland. Wildlife abounds in this area, including a great variety of waterfowl, more »

Burr Oak Wildlife Area

2300 HWY F-15 Marengo, IA 52301 Overlooking the Iowa River, this 28 acre preserve was an upland timber donated to the State by Paul Hursch. The Iowa County Conservation Board manages the area as a preserve and is an excellent area for hiking, birding, and other nature study activities. Directions: To find, drive north of more »

Butler Timber Reserve

280th Street, Millersburg, IA 52308 The Butler Timber Reserve was set aside for upland timber and wildlife habitat.  It is 20 acres of excellent hunting and off-trail hiking. Directions: Located 4 miles from Millersburg, go west of F-52, north on F Ave, west on 280th St. Access is by dirt road only. Click for park map more »

Fuller Addition-English River Wildlife Area

Iowa S Ave, North English, IA52316 The acquisition of this diverse 160 acres area was made possible by the combined effort of the Iowa, Washington and Keokuk County Conservation Boards.  Habitat Stamp funds covered 75% of the cost; the three county conservation boards paid the remainder.  The area now includes wetlands, upland and lowland timber more »

Gateway Park and Preserve

Gateway Park and Preserve is located 1/2 mile north of the of Marengo, Iowa and occupies a portion of the southern bank of the Iowa River. The project site is 131 acres and includes a 41-acre lake and a 12-acre pond which were created through the excavation of sand and gravel which was used for more »

Gunderson Wildlife Area

F-15, Marengo, IA 52301 The Iowa County Conservation Board received this wildlife area of 69 acres from the late Vernon Gunderson in 2001.  The upland rolling hills includes two small ponds, upland grasslands, great timber, and excellent wildlife habitat.  This is a multi-use area, open to hunting, fishing, hiking, and other non-game activities. Directions: Drive north more »

I-80 Wildlife Area

I-80 exit 216, Williamsburg, IA 52361 There are thirteen acres of recently opened grassland, owned by the state and managed by the Iowa County Conservation Board.  Hunting is permitted in this upland bird habitat. Directions: This wildlife area borders Interstate 80 and Exit 216, just 3 miles west of Williamsburg. Click for park map PDF

Lake Iowa Park

Lake Iowa Park offers a beach, boat rentals, camping, hiking, fishing, shelters, playgrounds, and a vast amount of outdoor entertainment and education. Camping The Lake Iowa Park Campground runs on a first come first serve basis, there are no reservations. If campers would like to come out and set up early for a big weekend, more »

Lantz Timber Preserve

W-21 North English, IA 52316 The Carl Lantz family donated this 20 acre upland timber to the Iowa County Conservation Board to be managed as an oak-hickory timber preserve.  It is an excellent area for bird watching, spring flowers, and mushroom hunting. Directions: 10 miles east of North English., go 9 miles east on 335th, 2 more »

Laura and Skinny Schlesselman Wildlife Area

Highway 6 Ladora, IA 52251 Once known as the “ballast pit”, this 13-acre wildlife area is a wetland habitat and often travelers will see waterfowl and wading birds using the marsh. There is a great walking trail around the marsh, making it the perfect roadside park.. Directions: 1 mile west of Ladora, right off Highway 6. more »

Pheasant Ridge Wildlife Area

F-15, Williamsburg, IA 52361 Pheasant Ridge is reconstructed upland grassland acquired in 1998.  The Iowa County Pheasants Forever purchased and donated 55 acres to the Iowa County Conservation Board as part of the Lake Iowa Watershed Protection Project.  This excellent habitat is open to hunting and other non-game wildlife uses such as hiking and walking more »

Pilot Grove State Preserve

260th Williamsburg, IA 52361 A wooded knoll rose from the long stretches of prairie which surrounded it.  From1840’s on, Pilot Grove was known as a landmark for pioneers going west across Iowa.  The prairie has now given way to cultivated fields, and much of the timber that made up Pilot Grove is also gone.  The more »

Simmons Timber Reserve

LL Ave, Marengo, IA 52301 This 97 acre woodland is located along the Iowa River.  It was donated to the Conservation Board by the late Lloyd R. Simmons; this area is dominated by cottonwood and silver maple. Directions: Drive north of Marengo on V66, go west 1/4 mile on F-15, south on LL Ave. Click for more »