Clayton County Conservation - Osborne Nature Center


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

Iowa's County Conservation Board System startd 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.

Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Ph: 563-245-1516
cccb@claytoncountyia.gov

 

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
8:00am-4:00pm
Monday- Saturday
Closed on Sundays

All Parks
close at 10:30 pm



Clayton County Parks

Becker Property East

37160 Great River Rd.

Guttenberg

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Becker Property West

36061 Millville Rd.

Guttenberg

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Bloody Run Park

29857 128th St .

Marquette

Map

Buck Creek Park

30286 232nd St .

Garnavillo

Map

Frenchtown Park

26254 Mississippi Rd.

Guttenberg

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Frieden Park

16723 Chariot Rd.

Elkader

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Joy Springs Park

37771 Alpha Ave.

Strawberry Pt

Map

Motor Mill Park

23002 Grain Road

Elkader

Map

Osborne Park

29862 Osborne Rd

Elkader

Map

Pony Hollow Trail

Highway 13 South

Elkader

Map

Turkey River Park

20195 Strawberry Pt Rd.

Elkader

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Osborne Park

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

Motor Mill

Motor Mill

Motor Mill Historic Site

Hidden in the Turkey River valley, the Motor Mill Historic Site is a peaceful natural area that features a six-story limestone flouring mill and four related stone buildings dating from the late 1860’s. Primitive camping is available for a nominal fee. 




Bloody Run Park

Bloody Run Park is located just west of Marquette Iowa.  Nestled between rolling limestone bluffs, Bloody Run is a 135-acre park that provides both excellent trout fishing and camping opportunities.  With over 19 primitive campsites, campers have the opportunity to enjoy nature without the hum of air conditioners. 

The campground is located along Bloody Run Trout Stream and is also home to Iowa’s largest woodpecker, the pileated.   Primitive camping is available for a nominal fee.  Good luck catching a trophy trout!


Turkey River Park

Located on the east edge of Elkader, Turkey River Park offers the perfect place to start a canoe or kayaking adventure.  With easy access to the Turkey River, canoeists can enter the river and spend the day canoeing to Motor Mill or Garber.  Plan on spending nearly two hours on the river in order to get to Motor Mill and almost six hours to get to the quaint town of Garber.  Both floats have beautiful  views of Northeast Iowa’s limestone bluffs, forests, and wildlife. A large shelter is also available for family picnics and other similar functions. Day Use, Fishing, Canoe Access

 


Frenchtown Park

Camp along the Mississippi River and enjoy the sights and sounds of the great father of waters. This intimate park has 3 primitive sites and is free to all hopeful campers.  Located within the park is a boat ramp with access to the Mississippi River. Frenchtown Park is located three miles north of the scenic town of Guttenberg and is sure to be of interest to any river enthusiasts. Camping, Fishing, Day Use.

 




Joy Springs Park

Located along Joy Springs Trout Stream, Joy Springs Park is a great destination for any trout angler. Just a short drive west of Strawberry Point, Joy Springs covers approximately 90 acres of rolling forested land.  Campers and fisherman lucky enough to discover this park will find land and water seldom bothered by people.  Within the park is a large shelter and five primitive campsites. Primitive camping is available for a nominal fee.


Frieden's Park

This small park is five and a half miles northwest of Elkader, across the Turkey River from Big Springs Trout Hatchery. This park offers rough camping, canoe access and picnicking. Primitive camping is available for a nominal fee.




Buck Creek Park

Three miles north of Garnavillo, Buck Creek is surrounded by over 100 acres of forested land and is located along the banks of Buck Creek Trout Stream.  With two private campsites this campground offers hiking and fishing opportunities and is free to any interested campers.  Spend the day or night and discover how much wildlife roams the hills of Clayton County Iowa. Primitive camping is available for a nominal fee. Register to hunt at the Osborne Center.



Pony Hollow Trail

In 2005 the Clayton County Conservation Board lime-chipped four miles of an old railway bed that began in Elkader, Iowa. Today Pony Hollow Trail is used as a hiking, biking, walking, snowmobiling, and horseback-riding path.  Along the trail there are three interpretive signs that explain the topography, trees, and wetlands that can be seen throughout the trek. Pony Hollow Trail can be utilized throughout the year and is 4 miles in one direction with a round trip excursion at 8 miles. Day Use, Snowmobiling, Horseback Riding, Biking

Becker's Property East and West

The Becker Property covers 373 acres located in two parcels. The east property, located along Highway 52 and the Great River Road, covers 200 acres of crop ground and upland forest. The west property is along Millville Road and covers 173 acres of crop ground and forested area. The property was acquired through a life estate in November of 2012. "Said property to be used for demonstration of conservation practices, enhancement of wildlife habitat and public recreational use and benefit."

                   Iowa's County Conservation Board Areas

                                           All 99 counties in Iowa
                               17823 areas with 60 education centers
             183,000+ acres of parks, natural areas, preserves and historic sites

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Clayton County Conservation
29862 Osborne Road
Elkader, Iowa 52043

Phone: 563-245-1516
cccb@alpinecom.net


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