Crystal Lake Cabins
Hancock County Conservation Areas Map and Information
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Contact the Hancock County Conservation Board
875 State Street
P.O. Box 70
Garner, Iowa 50438-0070

Phone: 641-923-2720
Email the HCCB

Welcome to the Hancock County Conservation (HCCB) Page This page will provide you with information on the Hancock County Conservation Board and information on the parks and wildlife areas we maintain. We are pleased to offer four beautiful parks which provide excellent areas for a myriad of outdoor recreation possibilities. Two of the parks have modern campgrounds and we also have three cabins available for rental at Crystal Lake Park. The HCCB also maintains fifteen wildlife areas and two inviolate wildlife refuges.

Please visit the other HCCB department links for more detailed information on what we have to offer. For additional information on all of the 99 Iowa Counties Conservation Board Areas be sure to check out


History of the Hancock County Conservation Board
The Hancock County Conservation Board consists of five citizens that are appointed by the county supervisors to acquire and maintain various county-owned natural areas for the benefit of the county's inhabitants. Since its establishment in 1959, the conservation board has become either owners or managers of several public areas, together totaling over 1200 acres!

The Hancock County Conservation Board meets in the basement of the Public Safety Center, located in Garner, Iowa on the third tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM. These meetings are open to the public.

Hancock County Conservation Board
Brent Beukema - Kanawha
Jane Cook - Britt
Shana Cash - Garner
Matt Schoneman - Garner
Tim Ackarman - Miller

Mission Statement
The Hancock County Conservation Board is committed to the preservation and maintenance of our natural resources and to provide outdoor recreation and environmental education in Hancock County.

Camping Information
Eldred Sherwood Park is located 3 miles East of Goodell, Iowa on County Road B63 and one mile North on County Road R-66. There are 40 electrical and 5 primitive sites available. The rates for electric sites at Eldred Sherwood is $15/night and primitive sites are $10/night. Weather permitting, the Eldred Sherwood Park Campground is open from April 15th to October 15th annually.

Crystal Lake Park is located on the East side of Crystal Lake at 1045 320th Street. There are 65 electric and 30 primitive sites available. Electric sites at Crystal Lake Park are $15/night and primitive sites are $10/night. Weather permitting, the campground, water and park facilities at Cystal Lake Park are open from April 15th through October 15th annually. During the campground off-season, all park facilities are closed and the water is turned off. All primitive and electric campsites at Cystal Lake Park are open to the public during the off-season for $10/night.

Crystal Lake Countour Map -- DNR Link

Shelter House Reservations & Habitat Improvement Equipment Rental
The Hancock County Conservation Board has 4 shelter houses available for rent for only $20/day. These shelters are located at Concord Park, Eagle Lake State Park, Crystal Lake Park and Eldred Sherwood Park.

If, for some reason, you need to cancel your shelter reservation after you have paid for the shelter rental, the rental fee will not be returned for any reason.

For shelter reservations you can call the HCCB at 641-923-2720.

HCCB has a variety of habitat improvement equipment available for the public to rent. People interested in renting any equipment must first fill out an equipment rental contract and pay the required rental fee.

The following equipment is available to rent:
Seed Drills (6' Truax No Till Seeder and 10' Brillion Conventional Seeder) - $40/day
Three-point tree planter: $25/day
Three-point auger for planting potted trees: $25/day




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