"Naturally Inspiring" our residents
Our Mission: Benton County Conservation strives to improve the quality of life for our citizens by providing recreational and educational opportunities that foster stewardship of our natural resources.
Attention: Benton County Conservation Campgrounds are now open please note the new restrictions, these are also posted on the registration kiosks in each park.
While in our parks PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING:
-Wear a mask if social distancing is difficult to maintain
-Wear a mask when interacting with Park Staff
-If you are sick, feeling ill, having symptoms, or have a fever DO NOT enter our parks; Please stay home
-Take your temperature before entering our parks, frequently during your stay, and before leaving
-Campground use is restricted to self contained units only. Self contained is defined as a tent or pop-up camper with a portable toilet or an RV with a functioning, self-contained bathroom.
-Campsite occupancy is limited to 6 people (Unless household contains more than 6)
-Everyone is expected to practice proper social distancing (6 feet) at all times
-All pit toilets and modern toilets are open but may not be equipped with hand sanitizer or soap. Please bring your own product to use.
-All shelters will remain closed
-All cabins and yurts remain closed and reservations will not be accepted until further notice
-No firewood sales until further notice
ALL OF THE ABOVE RULES WILL BE ENFORCED!
If caught violating any of the above you may receive a fine and/or will be removed from the park with no refund
Thanks for your understanding, patience, and support during this unusual time!
For the benefit of the public, the Benton County Conservation Board manages: 22 park lands equaling over 1700 acres, over 40 miles of trails, 225 campsites, a growing nature center, and offers high-quality educational programming in and out of the schools for over 20,000 educational contacts annually. We invite you to enjoy our quiet and serene natural areas, hiking and river trails, and campgrounds that offer outstanding recreational opportunities.
Benton County Conservation Department - Staff
Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa states:
The Benton County Conservation Board's duty is to serve the residents of Benton County. The Conservation Board consists of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
In 1955, the Iowa State Legislature passed a law providing for the creation of county conservation boards. In 1956, public vote of Benton County residents authorized the creation of the Benton County Conservation Board. The BCCB was one of sixteen counties in Iowa to make a conservation board that year. The Benton County Conservation Board (BCCB) has been working on preserving Iowa’s natural heritage since that day. The BCCB built the first man made lake by a county conservation department in the state of Iowa, "Hannen Lake.” These properties include bike and hiking trails, preserves, boat ramps, and campground facilities.
Regularly Scheduled Meetings:
Monthly meetings are held in the board meeting room of the Benton County Nature Center. Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the second Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. Other meetings are called as needed. Meetings are open to the public, and public notice is given for all meetings.
Benton County Conservation Board
Randy Scheel by Garrison, Iowa
Daniel Gibbins by Urbana, Iowa
Dan Hill by Vinton, Iowa
Denni Randall by Belle Plaine, Iowa
Becky Van Wey by Vinton, Iowa
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Tracy Seeman - Board of Supervisor (liaison)
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