Camping at Eldred Sherwood
Crystal Lake Cabins

The Hancock County Conservation Board is located in north-central Iowa and is home to Crystal Lake Park, Eldred Sherwood Park and Eagle Lake State Park. The Hancock CCB currently manages 21 individual parks, campgrounds, seasonal camping cabins, wildlife refuges and natural areas encompassing over 1,248 acres within Hancock County. For additional information about the programs, services and activities offered by the Hancock CCB, please utilize the following contact information:

545 State Street
Garner, IA 50438
PHONE: (641) 923-2720
EMAIL: Contact Hancock CCB

Cabin/Shelter Online Rental Notice

Cabin and Shelter Reservations

By popular demand, Hancock County Conservation is working towards having the Crystal Lake Park Cabins and all Shelters reservable online through www.mycountyparks.com. The system is scheduled to be activated and running at 8 A.M. on January 7th 2019 for Cabins and at 9 A.M. January 7th 2019 for Shelters. At those respective times, reservations will be done with a credit card through the website. Users will be able to reserve/rent a facility in a similar fashion to online shopping. To make a reservation/rental, you must create a user account and fill out the required information. To do this you must go to www.mycountyparks.com and click the “login” button on the top left of the web page. From there you can click the “create an account” button and follow the instructions. If you have already made an account for use with another County, you will not need to make another account. Online reservations will be instantaneous and you will immediately receive an email conformation of your reservation/rental. This conformation will contain information such as your cabin entry code for the cabin door. You will be able to enter a four digit code of our choosing when you make your reservation. We encourage renters to create their user accounts in advance so that they are ready to make reservations once January 7th 2019 comes and creating an account takes just a minute or two.

Rental Rates for 2019

Cabin: rental rates for 2019 are as follows: $80/night with two night minimum (regardless of weekday or weekend) and $100/night on holidays with three night’s minimum. This rate includes all fees and state taxes.

Shelter: rental rates will be $35 dollars per day and includes all taxes/fees.

Reservations for 2019

Cabins: Reservations for 2019 can still be done the current way by calling or emailing the office and having staff take the reservation by hand. This will be possible until December 31st, 2018. After this time, all reservations will need to be done through www.mycountyparks.com. Currently reservations for cabins can be made one year in advance, however once the online reservation system goes active, users will be able to rent a cabin or shelter up to two years in advance if they so choose.

Shelters: Reservations for Shelters in 2019 will be available online starting at 9 A.M. January 7th 2019. At that time, users will be able to rent shelters up to two years in advance.   

You will be able to check the availability of online and make reservations yourself at any time. You will need to pay in full with a credit card at the time of the reservation.








Activities in Hancock County

Activities that can be found within the areas managed by the Hancock CCB include:

  • Modern & Primitive Camping
  • Three Modern Cabins
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • Beach & Swimming Areas
  • Picnic & Grilling Areas
  • Handicapped Accessible Picnic Area
  • Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Playground Areas
  • Horseshoe, Volleyball & Basketball Courts
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Geocaching
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Handicapped Accessible Observation Deck 
  • River & Lake Fishing
  • Public Hunting    
  • And Much More!

Facilities in Hancock County

Facilities available for public use within the Hancock CCB areas include:

  • 3 Seasonal Cabins At Crystal Lake Park 
  • Eldred Sherwood Park Campground - 5 Primitive & 40 Electric Campsites (None Reservable)  
  • Crystal Lake Park Campground - 30 Primitive & 65 Electric Campsites (None Reservable)  
  • 3 Open Shelters
  • 1 Enclosed Shelter
  • Handicapped Accessible Elevated Observation Deck
  • Modern Restroom & Shower Facilities
  • Several Lake & River Boat/Canoe Accesses
  • And Many More!

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Parks in Hancock County

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Crystal Lake Park Hancock 1045 320th St.
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