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Benton County Conservation (BCCB) welcomes you to our quiet and serene natural areas, hiking and river trails, and campgrounds offer outstanding recreational opportunities. The (BCCB) also provides conservation assistance to local residents, and naturalist environmental education to our local schools.  We can suggest parks, campgrounds or natural areas for you to explore. The BCCB started in 1956 with Hannen Lake park, one of Iowa's first county parks. We are also building a new nature center as seen to the right. 

Staff Contacts Phone Email
BCCB Office in Vinton 319-472-4942   info@bentoncountyparks.com 
Rodgers Park -Scott Bahmann - Deputy Director           319-560-9803           sbahmann@bentoncountyparks.com 
Hannen Park - Logan Hahn - Park Ranger                   319-560-9804           lhahn@bentoncountyparks.com
River Parks -John Geiger - Park Ranger 319-560-9802    jgeiger@bentoncountyparks.com 
Naturalist - Karen Phelps   319-560-9809          kphelps@bentoncountyparks.com 
Naturalist- Aaron Askelson                                              319-560-7017          aaskelson@bentoncountyparks.com
Executive Director - Matthew Purdy                                319-560-9806           mpurdy@bentoncountyparks.com
Conservation Tech - Zach Parmater                               319-560-9807           zparmater@bentoncountyparks.com

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Our new newsletters and calendar events  http://www.bentoncountyparks.com/publications/
Benton County Guidebook: "BCCB guide online"

Activities in Benton County


The Cedar River:
The slow moving Cedar River enters the county from the north (Blackhawk County) and exits to the south (Linn County), providing ample opportunities for an extended camping/fishing trip using canoes, kayaks, and fishing boats. 

Hiking:
If you would rather walk or hike, then Benton County is the perfect destination with many miles of trails available. The
Cedar Valley Nature Trail (from Cedar Rapids to near Waterloo) 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.

EVENTS VINTON
  1. Farmers Market (May-Oct) - Every Thursday at 5:00pm at the old Train Station. Fresh vegetables, fruit, pies, and other tasty treats.
  2. Party-in-the-Park (June) - A wholesome family fun-filled extravaganza begins on Thursday with a children's parade and carnival, extending through the weekend with food, fun, musical entertainment, and concluding Saturday night with an amazing fireworks demonstration.
  3. Benton County Fair (July) - Americana at it's best!  Camp at Rodgers park and visit the Fair for carnival rides, deep-fried treats, entertaining and interesting competitions, and don't miss the animal barns.  Races held too!
  4. Boomtown (August) - Vinton is the new home for The Iowa Pyrotechnics Association annual fireworks gathering. The IPA members launch their experimental fireworks on the Benton County Fairgrounds.  Check out Boomtown!

Facilities in Benton County

Various facilities located within the Benton County park system include: Nature Center, campgrounds, open shelters, camping, cabins, boat ramps, playgrounds, disc golf course, boat ramps and several river accesses for non-motorized boaters. 

Related Items


Nature Center
Rodgers Park - Campers enjoy a summer day at Rodgers Park.
Polk Township Park
Summer nights - Summer nights at Hannen Park

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

Fishing in Benton Co. - Fishing in Benton County


Parks in Benton County



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Benton City-Fry Recreation Area (River Park) Benton 5899 29th Ave. Dr.
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Benton County Conservation Office Benton 5718 20th Ave Dr
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Cumberland's Recreation Area Benton Hwy 150
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Hannen Lake Park Benton 1949 Benton-Iowa Rd.
BlairstownIA52209 Map Location
Hoefle-Dulin Recreation Area (River Park) Benton 5901 27th Avenue
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Milroy Access (River Park) Benton 2510 58th St. Lane
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Minne Estema (River Park) Benton 5261 24th Ave. Drive
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Mt. Auburn Boat Launch (Winnegar Lake Area) Benton 5033 22nd Avenue
BrandonIA52210 Map Location
Office and Nature Center Benton 5718 20th Ave,., Dr.
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Polk Township Wildlife Area Benton 2819 51st Street
BrandonIA52210 Map Location
Rodgers Park Benton 2113 57th Street Trail
VintonIA52349 Map Location
Wildcat Bluff Recreation Area Benton 3139 57th Street Trail
UrbanaIA52349 Map Location


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