Popp Wildlife Area

Popp Wildlife Area is 76 acres of flood plain forest located just west of Hudson.  The park includes a large parking lot, small picnic area and nearby access to Black Hawk Creek. The area supports prime white tailed deer habitat as well as the needed resources to support turkeys.  The grounds just inside the parking lot include a recently planted prairie as well as a mowed picnic area.  This area is a common stop off for people wishing to spend some time outdoors and enjoy habitat found near Hudson.  In this area the Black Hawk Creek frequently comes out of its banks during intense periods of rain and therefore, tree species and other forms of vegetation found here must be suited for survival during prolonged periods of high water.  Hikers through the area will encounter woodland mammals as well as numerous song birds. 

Park boundaries may not be clearly marked in all locations within the park so please be aware of park boundaries and respect private property.


As you travel west out of Hudson on Zanetta Road you will see the park entrance roughly 1 mile west of Hudson. 


Small prairie
Small picnic area
Access to  Black Hawk Creek
Bird watching

States hunting and fishing regulation

Operating Hours & Seasons

Contact Us:
Black Hawk County Conservation 
1346 West Airline Hwy
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 433-PARK (7275)   Fax: (319) 433-7276

Park hours: 6:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m.