CLAY COUNTY CONSERVATION

420 10th Avenue SE

Spencer, IA 51301

PHONE:  (712) 262-2187

EMAIL: clayreservations@gmail.com

WEBSITE: ClayCountyParks.Com

Welcome!

Camping reservations for all sites for the week of the Clay County Fair must be made by calling CCCB at 712-262-2187.

Trout have been released at Scharnberg Park, 11/08/2023!

Clay County is located in Northwest Iowa and is home to historic Thunder Bridge, the Clay County Fair, and beautiful Scharnberg Park.  The Clay County Conservation Board manages 25 areas that include wildlife areas, public recreational areas, native prairies, a historical pioneer era cemetery, river access, camping and trails. These areas provide the public with opportunities to hunt, fish, boat, swim, camp, picnic, bird watch, hike, ride horses, educational programs and just enjoy nature!  Enjoy all four seasons in the great outdoors! Clay County Conservation Board’s goal is to promote a safe, friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. 

Remember, you can reserve your campsite up to a year in advance and one of our three cabins, Scharnberg Shelter or Oneota Lodge up to two years in advance!  Just click on Facilities on the left side of this screen.

Get information on any of our parks/wildlife areas/prairies by clicking on Parks on the left side of this screen. 

What can you do in Clay County?  Many of the activities that you can enjoy are listed in the Activities section. 

Have a question?  Please see the FAQ for many of the most asked questions.  Can’t find the answer there, please give Clay County Conservation Board a call at 712-262-2187.

If you are interested in any of our educational programs, check out Events to see a list of upcoming programs and to register.

Need a map of the Scharnberg campground?  See Scharnberg Park Map in the Related Items below.

For additional information about programs, areas and services offered by the Clay County Conservation Board, please utilize the following contact information:

CLAY COUNTY CONSERVATION

420 10th Avenue SE

Spencer, IA 51301

PHONE:  (712) 262-2187

EMAIL: clayreservations@gmail.com

WEBSITE: ClayCountyParks.Com

Activities in Clay County

A multitude of activities exist within the 25 parks and areas of the Clay County Conservation Board: camping, hiking, educational programs, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and much, much more!

 Clay County's Natural Wonders - Did you know??

• Mori Prairie is one of the very few pristine native prairies in Clay County.
• Clay County attracts many nonresident deer and pheasant hunters!
• Clay County has many great areas for your fishing enjoyment
• Over 14,000 residents were involved in our Environmental Education programs in 2021!
• There are 25 conservation areas in Clay County with facilities for camping, canoeing, hunting and more!

Facilities in Clay County

Facilities that can be reserved for public use within the Clay County Conservation areas:

Three cabins - Maple, Oak and Pine

37 Camping sites at Scharnberg Park (We also have 5 tent sites and 24 sites that are first come, first served!)

Scharnberg Shelter

Oneota Lodge at Oneota Park

We also have open air shelters, picnic tables and primitive camping available at some of our other parks and wildlife areas that are first-come, first served.

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Parks in Clay County

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Bertram Reservation Clay 4955 140th Ave
712-262-2187
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Bob Howe Thunder Bridge Wildlife Refuge Clay Corner of W 4th Street and 355th Street
712-262-2187
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Dickens Pit Clay 3630 290th Ave
712-262-2187
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Donahoo Wildlife Area Clay 1 mile southeast of Peterson on 125th Ave/ CR 13
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex Clay 2385 485th St
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Burr Addition Clay 245th Avenue
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Burr Oak Cemetery Addition Clay 2505 500th Street
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Heissel Addition Clay 250th Avenue and 495th Street
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Nelson / Reng Addition Clay 245th Ave
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Nelson Addition Clay 2380 490th Street
712-262-2187
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Kindlespire Complex- Ralph Addition Clay intersection of 240th Ave and 480th Street
712-262-2187
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Lost Island Park Clay 3340 340th Ave
712-262-2187
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Mori Prairie Clay Intersection 280th Street and 140th Ave
712-262-2187
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Nielsen River Access Clay Intersection of 470th Street and 240th Ave.
712-262-2187
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Ocheyedan Gun Range Clay 1680 350th St.
712-262-2187
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Oneota Park - Conservation Board Headquarters Clay 420 10th Avenue SE
712-262-2187
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Riverside Little Sioux Access Clay 5020 115th Ave
712-262-2187
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Riverton Wildlife Area Clay Intersection of 190th Ave. and 360 St.
712-262-2187
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Scharnberg Park Clay Intersection of 345th St and 145th Ave.
712-262-2187
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Schmerse Wildlife Area Clay 2535 280th St
712-262-2187
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Stouffer Memorial Wildlife Preserve Clay 2550 360th St
712-262-2187
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Stub Johnson Family Equestrian Area Clay 2090 360th St
712-262-2187
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Summit Wildlife Area Clay 1750 275th St.
712-262-2187
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Vera & Gilbert James Wildlife Area Clay 1970 500th Street
712-262-2187
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Wanata Park Clay 5050 125th Ave. and E. Front St
712-262-2187
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