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


For more information, go to the events page.

Disc Golf Clinic
Tuesday, May 24th
4 pm
Elkader City Park

Kids’ Fishing Clinic/Derby
Saturday, June 4th
Time: 1 pm
Backbone State Park

Hunter Education
June 13th, 15th and 17th
6 pm-9 pm
June 18th
7:30 am-12:30 pm
Reservations Required
Osborne Park
See the education page for more details.
To register click here.

Mystery, Mingle, Munch, Mob
Thursday, June 16th
10 am

Reservations Required
Osborne Park

Chewing the Scenery
Saturday, June 26th
10 am
Bloody Run County Park

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

Park Closure

Turkey River Park will be closed until further notice because of construction.

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.