Hickory Hills Park

Lakeview Lodge
Lakeview Lodge
Hickory Hills Park
Bison cow and calf

Bison Calf

Hickory Hills Park is a unique area both in terms of its natural beauty and strategic location. The park’s 723 acres include one of the area’s unusual geologic features: a paha. Paha is a Native American word meaning high ground. The diverse topography of the area is characteristic of a paha. Casey's Paha was dedicated as a State Preserve in 1989.  Although established in Tama County in 1969, Black Hawk County Conservation owns and manages the area. A Park Ranger is in residence year-round.

The park offers many leisure and recreational opportunities including camping, basketball, picnicking, sand volleyball, disc golf, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice skating. Snowmobiles are not allowed. Several miles of hiking trails offer park users a chance to witness nature’s endless variety. The 39 acre Casey Lake, nestled between scenic forested slopes, is one of Northeast Iowa's premiere largemouth bass hot spots.

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Twelve miles south of Waterloo, off county road V37. Six miles north of Dysart. Signs will direct off I-380/27.


  • Camping
  • Cabins
  • Lakeview Lodge
  • Picnicking & Shelters
  • Public Hunting
  • Casey Lake
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Exhibit
  • Fishing (special regulations on bass)

States hunting and fishing regulations

Operating Hours & Seasons

Contact Us:
Hickory Hills Park3338 Hickory Hills Road
LaPorte City, IA 50651
(319) 342-3350

Hickory Hills Park is open year round. Operating hours are 6:00am to 10:30pm.

Campground close on December 1st and will reopen when weather permits in the spring.