"The Clayton County Conservation Board invites you to visit and enjoy the natural resources and recreational opportunities in Clayton County."


For more information on programs, go to the events page.

Clayton County Conservation wants to hear from YOU!  We’re updating our 5-year plan and want to know what areas we’re doing well and what areas need more focus.  You’re feedback will help inform the Board and guide them in the decision making process. Thank you!

Spread the word – Take the Survey!

Murky Turkey Flotilla
July 15th, 10 am
Turkey River
Celebrate one of our most treasured recreational resources, the Turkey River, with this floating party.
Bring your own vessel of choice, and come prepared for a relaxed pace.
Details on the Events page.

Clayton County Conservation – Young Conservationist Program

Be a part of Clayton County Conservation’s
first-ever Young Conservationist Program!

Sessions on Thursdays:
July 6th
July 13th
July 20th

More details on our Events page!


Older, Wiser, Livelier, Souls
Canoeing Frenchtown
Thursday, July 20th
Reservations Required

More details on Events page!



Visit Osborne & More!

Osborne Welcome Center and Osborne Park

The Osborne Park is located 5 miles south of Elkader on Highway 13 and features a Native Wildlife Exhibit, walking trails, open shelters, Nature and Welcome Center, gift shop.

Come visit with us and see what great and unusual products are available right here at Osborne!

Helpful Information

Temporarily Closed Parks 

  • Frenchtown

  Bloody Run Park News 


Bloody Run Park News

Ticks and lyme disease

It’s tick season; be sure to check when you’ve been out in the woods or grasslands. Follow these links for symptoms, treatment and prevention of lyme disease:


Visitor/Nature Center Hours

Summer Schedule
April to October
8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday
12:00-4:00pm Sunday

Winter Schedule
October to April
Monday- Saturday
Closed on Sundays

All parks close at 10:30 pm


Iowa’s County Conservation Board System started in 1955. Clayton County’s Conservation Board continues to strive to meet the goals outlined in the Iowa Code (acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the citizens of the county forests, wildlife, and other conservation areas. To promote and preserve the general welfare of the people). The Clayton County Conservation Board manages some 1000 acres.