Hickory Hills Park

Lakeview Lodge
Lakeview Lodge
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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Black Hawk County Conservation is working on two exciting park improvement projects for Hickory Hills Park. A new wastewater treatment facility and Casey Lake Renovations.

We are working with engineers to secure our construction permit for replacement of the Hickory Hills Park sewage lagoon. The new septic tank and absorption mound will utilize the same general area as the current lagoon. Park users can expect construction to begin in 2022 with completion fall of 2022 or spring of 2023.

Additionally, we have partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to improve the water quality of Casey Lake in Hickory Hills Park. Engineers are working to access the lake and the surrounding watershed to determine necessary project elements. Park users should expect to see work begin on the Casey Lake watershed project elements in 2022. A later phase of this project will include drawdown of Casey Lake and sediment removal. This project is a phased project and will occur across several years. The anticipated project timeframe is 2022 – 2025.

If you are looking to reserve cabins, shelters, campsites, or the Lakeview Lodge, please consider that during your reservation period, the normal quiet, scenic Hickory Hills Park may be interrupted with ongoing construction work including, operation of construction vehicles and disturbed areas of the park including the eventual drawdown and excavation of Casey Lake.  Reservations placed after the posting of this notice will not be refunded for reasons associated with any of the said construction occurrences.


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.

The campground closes on November 1st and will reopen when weather permits in the spring.