Kuehn Conservation Area

Tepee at Kuehn
Tepee at Kuehn
Building a Shelter
Kuehn County Sign
Kuehn  Entrance

Kuehn prairie
Kid at Kuehn creek

The Kuehn Conservation Area is 770 acres of native and re-established prairie, riparian and upland forests, archaeological sites and hiking trails.  It hosts thousands of visitors each year, both informal and those attending one of the many programs offered. Bird watching hikes, prairie hikes, star-gazing, geological and archaeological programs and aquatic programs are a few of the educational opportunities available to the public.

It is divided into 3 main areas:
- the wildlife refuge  includes 2 primitive camping areas, bird blind, and education building.
- public hunting area is in the bottom lands in the north area of the park, along the Raccoon River.
- bow hunting only is allowed in the south west portion of the area.


Kuehn Conservation Area
32828 Houston Trail
Earlham, Iowa  50072

From I-80, take the Earlham exit (Exit 104) and proceed north to I Avenue. Stay northbound for just over a mile to a four-way stop intersection. Turn west (left) onto Bear Creed Rd. Follow Bear Creek Rd. for 1/2 mile. The road will turn north, and become Houston Trail. Houston Trail dead-ends at the park.

Coming from County Rd. F60, between Adel and Redfield, turn south on H Avenue, about 5 1/2 miles west of Adel (or 2 miles east of Redfield). Proceed on H Ave for about 4 miles to the junction with Bear Creek Road. Turn east (left) onto Bear Creek Rd. and proceed 1/2 mile to the junction with Houston Trail. This is a "T" intersection. Turn north (left) at the "T" and go about 3/4 mile to the park.


KUEHN CAMPING AREAS        Camping Fee: $8 per tent, per night
Area#1: Accessed by walking service road from Houston Trail. Set-up for 3-4 tents.  1/4 mile walk from restrooms & Nature Center. Parking available at Nature Center.
Area #2: Lower prairie along the Middle Raccoon River. Accessed by walking service road from Houston Trail. Set-up for 2-3 tents.  1/2 -3/4 mile walk from restrooms & Nature Center. Parking available at Nature Center.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Kuehn Conservation Area is open 1/2 hour before sunrise until 10:00 pm daily. The Bear Creek Education Center is open for programs only.

Dallas County Conservation Board 
14581 K Ave. 
Perry, Iowa 50220 
Phone: 515-465-3577 
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov
Website: www.dallascountyiowa.gov/conservation