The Butler County Conservation Board invites you to explore and enjoy the variety of lands that we manage for public use. The rich diversity of these areas offers something of interest for everyone.


Camping Sites at Butler County Parks are available on a "first-come, first-serve basis" only.  No reservations are currently offered.

Butler County offers free camping on Wednesday nights excluding holidays.

Quiet and Relaxing...
...are two words that describe the camping areas managed by the Butler County Conservation Board.

Fins and Feathers...
...small game or big game, in the water, on the uplands, or in the forest, whatever you are looking for, the Butler County Conservation Board has something to offer you.

Come observe...
...the many different species of flowers and wildlife that abound in the preserves and refuges managed by the Butler County Conservation Board.

Join the Excitement...
... at Heery Woods Nature Center

Trail History

The Iowa - Pacific Railroad Company began the construction of the railroad bed in 1871. In 1873 with the railroad bed completed to the Franklin County line, the company could not get funding from its original investors, so it raised about $3,000,000 through the sale of bonds. In 1874, the construction began again and was completed to Waverly, IA.

In 1878, the assets were taken control of by the Dubuque and Dakota Railroad Company and the line was completed from Hampton to Elkport in Clayton County. The final use of the bed as a railroad was by the Chicago Northwestern Railroad Company in the 1980's and Iowa Northern in the 1990's.

History of the Conservation Board System in Iowa

In 1943, the State Conservation Commission staff presented a bill to the Iowa General Assembly that would permit the establishment of conservation-recreation agencies at the county level. The staff of the Iowa Conservation Commission, sportsman's groups, interested individuals and legislators worked on this bill until it appeared in an acceptable form and was passed by the Iowa General assembly in 1955.

The passage of this bill made possible Section 111A (now Section 350) to the Code of Iowa. This section established specific purposes of the conservation board program. It reads, "...To create a county conservation board. To authorize counties to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of the count, public parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, museums, county forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas, to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation."

Coming Soon

For more information about these or other programs of the Butler County Conservation Board contact Heery Woods Nature Center at (319) 278-1130.