Badger Ridge at Hitchcock Nature Center
Badger Ridge at Hitchcock Nature Center
Canoe the Nishnabotna River
Environmental Education Programs
Fish at Arrowhead Park

Camping Cabins
Hiking in the Loess Hills
Bison at Botna Bend Park
Environmental Education

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Pottawattamie Conservation parks are open for day use & camping at this time. Masks are required in all county owned buildings per County Resolution 96-2020. Please click here for more information.

The Loess Hills Lodge welcome desk & gift shop at Hitchcock Nature Center is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit gallery at the Loess Hills Lodge remains closed to visitors at this time.  

Narrows River Park is closed for the season & amenities at other parks may be reduced during the winter season. Please check individual park pages for additional information. 

Thank you for understanding.


Since 1955, the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board has acquired eight parks and natural areas encompassing some 1,661 acres across the county, including the award-winning Hitchcock Nature Center.  Visited by more than 90,000 people a year, the Pottawattamie County Conservation parks and natural areas showcase the county's diverse landform and variety of outdoor activities. From hiking through the rugged Loess Hills to boating along the mighty Missouri River, there is something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. 

Major recreation areas within the Pottawattamie County system include Arrowhead Park, Botna Bend Park, Hitchcock Nature Center, Narrows River Park and Old Town Park.  More than 100 campsites await visitors in four different parks; six camping cabins including basic amenities; three enclosed lodges provide year round settings for corporate outings, family reunions and small weddings; open and enclosed shelters yield spacious and special settings for warm season gatherings; and miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking and walking.  The parks of Pottawattamie County also offer visitors the opportunity to camp, fish, hike, boat and interact with wildlife. 

For additional information about the services, programs and facilities provided by the Pottawattamie CCB, please utilize the following contact information:

223 S. 6th Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
PHONE :(712) 328-5638
EMAIL: Contact the Pottawattamie CCB
WEBSITE: Go to PCCB Website

Activities in Pottawattamie County

Visitors to Pottawattamie County parks enjoy all sorts of great activities.  Here is just a sampling:
  • Camping & Camping Cabins
  • Hiking & Biking Trails
  • Hunting & Fishing Opportunities
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching & Wildlife Viewing
  • Bison and Elk Pastures
  • Archery
  • Boating/Canoeing on rivers & ponds
  • Educational programming
  • Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery


Facilities in Pottawattamie County

Many diverse facilities are available for public use within the Pottawattamie County Park system: 
  • 6 Camping Cabins 
  • 3 Enclosed year-round lodges 
  • Enclosed and Open Shelters
  • More than 100 campsites in 4 different campgrounds 
  • 3 Public Archery Ranges
  • Fishing Structures
  • Miles of trails available for hiking, back packing, biking and walking
  • 4 Boat Ramps for river and pond access
  • 45' Observation Tower
  • Playgrounds
  • Interpretive Facilities located in the award winning Hitchcock Nature Center
  • And much, much more!

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Parks in Pottawattamie County

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Arrowhead Park Pottawattamie 29357 310th Street
NeolaIA51559 Map Location
Botna Bend Park Pottawattamie 42926 Mahogany Road
HancockIA51536 Map Location
Hitchcock Nature Center Pottawattamie 27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey CreekIA51542 Map Location
Narrows River Park Pottawattamie 2500 North 25th Street
Council BluffsIA51501 Map Location
Old Town Park Pottawattamie 12515 385th Street
MacedoniaIA51549 Map Location
Pottawattamie County Conservation Office Pottawattamie 223 S 6th Street
Council BluffsIA51501 Map Location