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Benton County Conservation Office

5718 20th Ave. Dr.
Vinton, IA 52349
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Contact Information

(319) 472-4942
(319) 472-3612 (Fax)
[email protected]


Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Daily Park Hours
6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Holiday Closures


Benton County Conservation improves the quality of life for all by providing recreational and educational opportunities that foster stewardship of our natural resources.

Mission Statement

Benton County Conservation strives to improve the quality of life for our citizens by providing recreational and educational opportunities that foster stewardship of our natural resources.

Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa

350.1 Purposes. The purposes of this chapter are to create a county conservation board and to authorize counties to acquire, develop, maintain, and make available to the inhabitants of the county, public museums, parks, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, timbers, wildlife and other conservation areas, and to promote and preserve the health and general welfare of the people, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources, and to cultivate good citizenship by providing adequate programs of public recreation.

The Benton County Conservation Board's (BCCB) duty is to serve the residents of Benton County. The BCCB consists of five county residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Interested in serving on the BCCB? Check out the description here: /conservation/conservation_board/


In 1955, the Iowa State Legislature passed a law for the creation of county conservation boards. In 1956, public vote of Benton County residents authorized the creation of the BCCB. The BCCB was one of sixteen counties in Iowa to make a conservation board that year and has been working on preserving Iowa’s natural heritage since that day. The BCCB built the first man-made lake by a county conservation department in the state of Iowa, Hannen Lake. Our properties offer several opportunities from hiking and bike trails, boat ramps, fishing, hunting, disc golf, equestrian trails, campground facilities and more.


Title VI Statement

Benton County Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, disability, religion, color, sex or national origin. Services are open to the general public, including persons with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For more information on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 call the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights at (202) 376-7700 or TTY (202) 376-8116.

For Benton County's Full Title VI Statement

Benton County Title VI Statement


Benton County's 5-Year REAP Plan

Benton County 5-Year REAP Plan


Our Team

  • Ed Hach, North Unit Park Ranger - Rodgers Park · (319) 560-9803
  • Layla Hagen, East Unit Park Ranger - Wildcat Bluff Recreation Area · (319) 560-9802
  • Camryn Grubic, South Unit Park Ranger - Hannen Lake Park · 319-560-9804
  • Zach Parmater, Conservation Technician/Park Ranger, Rodgers Park · (319) 560-9807
  • Cecilia Dirks, Conservation Technician, Rodgers Park · (319) 560-9806
  • Aaron Askelson, Naturalist/Environmental Educator, Nature Center · (319) 560-7017
  • Faith Hunt, Naturalist/Environmental Educator, Nature Center · (319) 560-9809
  • Shelby Williams, Director, Nature Center · (319) 423-1903

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