Swan Lake State Park Education Center
Swan Lake State Park Education Center
Bison at Swan Lake
Bison at Swan Lake during Winter

In 1958 the Carroll County Conservation Board was established. Currently the CCCB manages 27 areas totaling over 2,700 acres for public use, wildlife habitat, and natural areas. We are entrusted to maintain and preserve parks, lakes, timber, streams, wetlands, and other natural resources to provide outdoor recreation in Carroll County.

Major recreation areas within the Carroll County Conservation system include Swan Lake State Park, the Sauk Rail Trail, Great Western Park, and Riverside Park. Nearly 200 Camping sites are available in seven different parks; two cabin rentals including basic amenities; two meeting rooms in the Swan Lake Education Center available year-round for business meetings, family reunions, and gatherings; open and enclosed shelter houses; and miles of trails for biking, hiking, walking, and horseback riding.

If you have any questions on any of our parks be sure to contact our office!  

Carroll County Conservation Board

22676 Swan Lake Drive

Carroll, IA 51401

Phone: 712-792-4614

Facebook: Carroll County Conservation


Jason Christensen, Director jason@carrollcountyiowa.org       

Jessie Ludwig, Office Manager office@carrollcountyiowa.org

Kristen Bieret, Naturalist kbieret@carrollcountyiowa.org

John Danner, Operations Sup./Park Ranger jdanner@carrollcountyiowa.org

Bill Van Zuiden, Park Ranger bvanzuiden@carrollcountyiowa.org

Jesse Ayers, Park Ranger jayers@carrollcountyiowa.org

Luke Davison, Park Technician  ldavison@carrollcoutnyiowa.org


Activities in Carroll County

Visitors to Carroll County enjoy several different activities, here are a few:

  • Camping
  • Camping Cabins
  • Sauk Rail Trail   Walking, Running, Biking
  • Fishing & Hunting opportunities
  • Horseback riding at Dickson Timber
  • Picnicking
  • Birdwatching & Wildlife viewing
  • Kayaking & Canoeing at Swan Lake State Park or on the Raccoon River
  • Hiking
  • Educational Programs
  • Disc Golf at Swan Lake State Park and Great Western Park 

Facilities in Carroll County

Facilities available through the Carroll County Conservation for public use:

  • 2 Camping Cabins
  • 2 Meeting Rooms in the Swan Lake Education Center
  • 3 Enclosed Shelter Houses
  • 2 Open Shelter Houses
  • Fish House
  • Snow Shoe rentals
  • Kayak, Canoe, & Paddleboat Rentals at Swan Lake State Park (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
  • Canoe rentals on the Raccoon River (Memorial Day – Labor Day)
  • Rifle Range
  • Playgrounds
  • And much, much more!

To make a reservation at one of our facilities please contact our office at (712) 792-4614 or email office@carrollcountyiowa.org

Parks in Carroll County

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Bennett Access Carroll 18000 Zephyr Avenue
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Carroll County Access Carroll 30494 Voyager Road
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Daniel Davis Timber Carroll 25339 320th Street
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Dickson Timber Carroll 16249 Velvet Ave
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Great Western Park Carroll 31203 Birch Ave
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Hazel Brush Wildlife Area Carroll 1498 Granite Avenue
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Hobbs Access Carroll 29676 Treasure Avenue
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Merritt Access Carroll 15678 Velvet Avenue
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Richey Access Carroll 18009 Apple Avenue
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Riverside Park Carroll 32907 Walnut St
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Swan Lake State Park Carroll 22676 Swan Lake Drive
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