Welcome to Polk County Conservation! We invite you to explore over 14,000 acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands, trails and parkland.
Polk County Conservation offers year-round educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and trips to the public. Allow us to provide you with beautiful parks and wildlife areas, along with educational experiences that will add to your knowledge about conservation and the protection of Polk County's natural heritage.
We have something for everyone. Plan a family picnic, golf 18 holes on a championship course, canoe down the river, reel in a trophy fish, ride horseback along Saylorville Lake, utilize public hunting area, or get some exercise biking on a multi-use trail.
The Polk County Conservation Board's mission is to provide the citizens of Polk County with quality outdoor recreation, conservation education, and long term protection of Polk County's natural heritage.
Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our website at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/polk-county-water-and-legacy-bond/project-updates/
Polk County Conservation Administration Offices
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, Iowa 50109
Office hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jester Park Lodge Rental Information:
Phone: (515) 323-5300
Fax: (515) 323-5354
Food with Flair 515-277-7775 or visit their website at www.jesterparklodge.org
Activities in Polk County
Visitors to Polk County parks enjoy a variety of great activities within their parks. Here is just a sampling:
- Hiking & biking trails
- Numerous hunting & fishing opportunities
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Educational programming
- Equestrian trails & camping
- Cross-country skiing
- Horseback riding
Many of our events are free and open to the public. More information on our educational programs, events, camps and trips can be found on our website calendar at Polk County Conservation calendar
Facilities in Polk County
Many facilities are available for public use within the Polk County Park system.
- 20 open shelters in six parks
- Jester Park Lodge
- Jester Park Amphitheater and Mini Shelter
- Jester Park Cabins
- Chichaqua Longhouse
- Numerous campsites in four parks
Parks in Polk County