Kuehn Conservation Area

Kuehn prairie
Kuehn prairie
View of the River from South Campground
Bear Creek Education Center
Bird Blind at Kuehn

Kuehn Conservation Area has 770 acres and is located 5 miles north of Earlham. The diversity of plant and animal life attracts thousands of visitors annually. Bird watching, stargazing, prairie hikes, and aquatic programs are offered seasonally for the public by naturalists at Dallas County Conservation Board. Naturalists also provide educational opportunities for school and organized groups.


Kuehn Conservation Area
32828 Houston Trail
Earlham, IA 50072

*Please note that GPS may not lead you to the correct location, so use these directions instead.
From Interstate 80
• Take the Earlham exit (exit 104)
• Proceed north to I Avenue. Stay northbound for approximately 1 mile to the 4-way stop intersection.
• Turn west (left) onto Bear Creek Road. Proceed ½ mile.
• The road will turn north and become Houston Trail, which dead-ends at the park.

From the north, on county road F60 (Old Highway 6) between Adel and Redfield
• Turn south on H Avenue
• Proceed approximately 4 miles to Bear Creek Road.
• Turn east (left) and proceed ½ mile to the T intersection at Houston Trail.
• Turn north (left) and proceed approximately 2 miles to the park.


Kuehn Conservation Area features native and re-established prairies, riparian and upland forests, unique geological formations, archaeological sites, and hiking trails. A birdblind provides excellent conditions for birdwatching. The park is home to the annual Prairie Awakenings/Prairie Awoke Celebration and has a seasonal tipi and council ring. Sandbars, when exposed, provide beautiful resting spots for viewing wildlife while hiking or canoeing the South Raccoon River. Hunting is permitted in designated areas. Primitive campgrounds, both reservable and first-come/first-serve, provide a truly back-to-nature experience. Modern restrooms are located in the Bear Creek Education Center.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Kuehn Conservation Area is open 30 minutes before sunrise until 10pm daily, year-round.
The Bear Creek Education Center is open for programs only.


None at this time.


Dallas County Conservation Board
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220 
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Phone: 515-465-3577