Casey Lake Renovation

Casey Lake Restoration Project - UPDATED 11/16/23

Posted:7/24/2023 Black Hawk

The Casey Lake Restoration Project is moving along with construction expected to begin this fall. Casey Lake at Hickory Hills Park is currently on the State's Impaired Waters List and suffers from excessive algae growth and sedimentation due to high nutrient levels and soil erosion. The Lake Restoration project, when complete, will serve to improve the water quality and aquatic habitat of Casey Lake while also providing additional and improved recreational opportunities.  

The restoration project includes improvements to the existing wetlands and holding ponds above and around the lake, draining Casey Lake, dredging the sediments to remove the accumulated pollutants, construction of a stone terrace and multiple fishing nodes on the lake shore, placement of multiple fish habitat structures while the lake is drained, jetty and lakeshore armoring, addition of an ADA compliant fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch dock. Once the lake is refilled, an Alum treatment will be applied to capture any remaining phosphorus within the water column.  

Funding for restoration efforts include funds from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Lake Restoration Program, Black Hawk County, a Black Hawk County Gaming Association & Isle of Capri Casino/Hotel Grant, a Fish Habitat Grant, and a donation from the Young Family Foundation of Waterloo.


11/16/23 - The project has started. Please obey all signage & stay clear of all construction equipment whether it is in use or not.