Since 1955, the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board has acquired 12 parks and natural areas encompassing some 2,300 acres across the county, including the award-winning Hitchcock Nature Center.  Visited by more than 300,000 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, Mt. Crescent Ski Area, Narrows River Park and Olde Town Park.  More than 100 campsites await visitors in four different parks; five camping cabins including basic amenities; four modern cabins offer a true "glamping" experience, 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 Pottawattamie Conservation, please utilize the following contact information:

227 S. 6th Street, Suite 204
Council Bluffs, IA 51501
PHONE :(712) 328-5638
EMAIL: Contact Pottawattamie Conservation

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: 
  • 3 Modern Cabins
  • 5 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
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Botna Bend Park Pottawattamie 42926 Mahogany Road
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Hitchcock Nature Center Pottawattamie 27792 Ski Hill Loop
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Mt. Crescent Ski Area Pottawattamie 17026 Snowhill Lane
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Narrows River Park Pottawattamie 2500 North 25th Street
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Olde Town Park Pottawattamie 12515 385th Street
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Pottawattamie County Conservation Office Pottawattamie 227 S 6th Street, Suite 204
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