Fontana Nature Center
Fontana Nature Center
Cabins at Fontana Park

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Greetings  park user,

Notice on Covid-19 Opening:  Campgrounds facilities, including shower houses, now are open for reservations and public use.  Please be aware that the Covid-19 pandemic still is occurring.  Facilities receive at least a daily comprehensive surface cleaning, and occasional anti-viral mist cleaning.  Users of facilities are STRONGLY URGED to take precautions, wash hands frequently, keep surfaces clean, and bring and use their own hand sanitizers.  Please wear masks in any areas where you are likely to be in close proximity to other park users.  SHOW COURTESY. 

Thanks, Conservation Staff  


Buchanan County Conservation manages 41 parks, accesses, and natural areas for both people and wildlife, with a mission to "improve quality of life through programs of conservation and education".   The Conservation Department provides and encourages outdoor recreation, education programs, and conservation practices.  The Fontana Interpretive Nature Center at Fontana Park is the Department headquarters and the main facility for the education program.

To contact the Conservation Department for additional information about programs, services and facilities, please utilize the following information:

Fontana Interpretive Nature Center
1883 125th St.
Hazleton, IA 50629
PHONE: (319) 636-2617 
FAX: (319) 636-2624
EMAIL: Contact Buchanan CCB
WEBSITE: Go to Buchanan County Conservation
FACEBOOK: Fontana Park
NEWSLETTERS: Otter Creek Quarterly

Activities in Buchanan County

Enjoy nature and outdoor recreation in some of Iowa's premier parks and natural areas!  The Buchanan County Conservation Board manages 40 properties that offer a variety of outdoor enjoyment and natural gems, and offers quality education programs to residents and visitors alike. Opportunities include:

  • Nature Center and Education Programs
  • Campgrounds
  • Cabins
  • Hiking & biking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Boating and Water Trails
  • Disc Golf
  • Historic sites
  • Local Private Landowner Assistance

Facilities in Buchanan County

Many diverse facilities are available for public use within the Buchanan County Park system, including:
  • Cabins
  • Three Campgrounds
  • Picnic shelters 
  • Fishing jetties
  • River accesses  
  • Walking, bicycling, and multi-use trails
  • Fontana Interpretive Nature Center - displays, classrooms, and meeting space
  • Wildlife observation blinds 
  • Live wildlife exhibit
  • Disc golf course
  • Archery range
  • And much, much more!

Parks in Buchanan County

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Anderson Addition to Cutshall Area Buchanan 1727 Baxter Ave
JesupIA50648 Map Location
Bearbower Sand Prairie Buchanan 1777 Benton Buchanan Ave
BrandonIA52210 Map Location
Blazing Star Prairie Buchanan 3022 Nolen Ave
RowleyIA52329 Map Location
Boies Bend Area Buchanan 2465 278th St.
QuasquetonIA52326 Map Location
Bryantsburg Prairie Preserve Buchanan 1448 Bryantsburg Blvd
HazletonIA50641 Map Location
Buchanan County Conservation Offices Buchanan 1883 125th Street
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Buffalo Creek Area Buchanan 2862 220th St.
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Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area Buchanan 3217 270th St.
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Cortright Wildlife Area Buchanan 1380 River Road Blvd
JesupIA50648 Map Location
Crumbacher Wildlife Area Buchanan 1498 240th St.
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Cutshall Area Buchanan 1677 Baxter Ave
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Fairbank Fen Buchanan 1050 Dillon Ave
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Fontana Park Buchanan 1883 125th St.
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Frogville Access Buchanan 3370 Stewart Ave
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Guy Grover Timber and Tree Plantings Buchanan 2720 Nolen Ave.
RowleyIA52329 Map Location
Ham Marsh Buchanan 1747 Indiana Ave
IndependenceIA50644 Map Location
Hodges and North Wildlife Area Buchanan 1097 240th St.
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Hoover Area Buchanan 3149-3 Stewart Ave
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Iron Bridge Woodland & River Access Buchanan 2702-2 Nolen Ave
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Jakway Park Buchanan 2791 136th St.
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Koutny Pond/Hoffman Woods Buchanan 1544-2 330th St.
BrandonIA52210 Map Location
Lime Creek Area Buchanan 3205 Brandon Diagonal Blvd
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Mickey Fox Area Buchanan 1701 Benson Ave
JesupIA50648 Map Location
Newton Township Natural Area Buchanan 3407-2 310th St.
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Nibeck Wildlife Preserve Buchanan 303 North St. E
HazletonIA50641 Map Location