Nature Center
Nature Center
Rodgers Park
Polk Township Park
Summer nights

Fishing at Hannen Lake
A peaceful evening in a Benton County park
Campers at Hannen Park
Minne Estema Park

Fishing in Benton Co.
Rodgers Park
Wildcat Bluff Drone shot

Featured Events
»   Snowshoeing @ the Nature Center
February 12 - February 12, 2016   1:30 - 3:30 PM
»   Full Moon Snowshoeing
February 22 - February 22, 2016   6:30 PM - 12:00 AM
»   Birding at the Nature Center
February 28, 2016    1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
»   Nature Center Open to Public
February 28 - February 28, 2016   1:00 - 4:00 PM
»   Sunday, March 6th, 1:00 pm, Native Vegetation Seminar at the Nature Center
March 6, 2016    1:00 - 4:00 PM
»   Woodworking for Wildlife
March 22, 2016    6:30 - 8:00 PM
»   Saturday, March 26th, 11:00 am, Rodgers Park Easter Egg Hunt-
March 26, 2016    11:00 - 12:00 AM
»   Nature Center Open to public
March 27, 2016    1:00 - 4:00 PM
»   Nature Center Open to the public
March 27, 2016    1:00 - 4:00 PM
»   NRCS Soil Reduction Field Day
March 30, 2016    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
»   Wood-burning Canoe Paddles
April 7, 2016    6:00 - 8:30 PM
»   Kayak Demo Days, Hannen Lake Park,
April 16, 2016    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
»   1st Annual Two-Person Best Shot Golf Tournament at the Vinton Country Club
May 14, 2016    8:00 - 12:00 AM
»  more events

Welcome to Benton County Conservation! We invite you to explore over 1,500 acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands, trails and park lands.

The Benton County Conservation Board (BCCB) has been working on preserving Iowa’s future since 1956. The BCCB was one of the first sixteen counties in Iowa to devote its resources toward conservation development.  Benton County developed Hannen Lake, the first man made lake by a county conservation department in 1958.  Since the 1950’s the BCCB has gained 20 properties totaling over 1500 acres which they maintain.  

The BCCB provides conservation assistance to local residents, environmental education to our local schools, and public programs.  We can suggest parks, campgrounds or natural areas for you to explore.        
                   Benton County Conservation Nature Center

5718 20th Avenue Drive, Vinton Iowa 52349

Phone: 319-472-4942       Fax: 319-472-3612


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Activities in Benton County

Hiking/Biking: If you would rather hike or bike, then Benton County is the perfect destination with many miles of trails available. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail (from Cedar Rapids to near Waterloo this trail is maintained by Linn County Conservation) crosses through Benton County near Urbana and offers more than 50 miles of quiet hiking and biking.  The Old Creamery Nature Trail traverses 15 miles of farm fields, quiet forested woods, and gorgeous wildflowers between Vinton-Garrison-Dysart.

Disc Golf: Wildcat Bluff is a fantastic professional caliber course that plays through the woods, up and down hills, and across deep ravines. Beautiful scenery and rugged trails! This is an extremely challenging and technical course!

Nature Center: The Benton County nature center at Rodgers Park has miles of trails attached, outdoor gardens, bridges, and waterside walkways, as well as a natural playscape, playground and displays indoors.

Winegar Park Equestrian Trail: Our newest Benton County Conservation trail travels through the area of Winegar Park with a few miles of freshly cut equestrian trails through the 490 plus acres wilderness that stretches along the Cedar River.

Camping: Benton County’s six developed campgrounds provide excellent camping in different parts of the county, at very reasonable fees. All six allow for both primitive and modern (electricity) camping Canoeing/Kayaking: Many of our parks are located along the Cedar River or have a lake that makes them ideal for paddle sport fun.

Cabin Rentals: There are two cabins for rent on is up North along the Cedar River (Red Cedar Cabin) the other is down South on the shores of Hannen Lake (Cedar Cabin).

Facilities in Benton County

Many of our parks are equipped with shelters that can be reserved ahead of time or used on a first come first serve basis. Cabin rentals are also available. 

Parks in Benton County

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Atkins Round House Area Benton 7051 Benton Linn Rd
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Benton City Park Benton 5899 29th Ave. Dr.
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Benton County Nature Center Benton 5718 20th Ave,., Dr.
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Hannen Park Benton 1949 Benton-Iowa Rd.
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Hoefle-Dulin Park Benton 5901 27th Avenue
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Milroy Access (River Park) Benton 2510 58th St. Lane
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Minne Estema Park Benton 5261 24th Ave. Drive
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Polk Township Wildlife Area Benton 2819 51st Street
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Rodgers Park Benton 2113 57th Street Trail
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Wildcat Bluff Park Benton 3139 57th Street Trail
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Winegar Wildlife Area Benton 5033 22nd Avenue
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