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Mahaska County Recreation Areas

Use the interactive map and/or links below to learn more about the county's recreation areas:

History and Purpose of the Mahaska County Conservation Board

Mahaska County was settled in 1843. The county was organized in 1844 and named after Chief Mahaska of the Ioway Indian tribe that was indigenous to the area. Mahaska County consists of 576 square miles or 366,080 acres, 96% of which is farmed. Today 1,309 acres of the county are managed as eighteen separate areas by the Mahaska County Conservation Board. The Iowa natural Heritage Foundation has been extremely helpful during the land acquisition process for many of these years

The Mahaska County Conservation Board was established in January 1975. The purpose of the Conservation Board is to provide quality parks, recreation, conservation, and environmental education opportunities for the public.

The five members of the Conservation Board are appointed by the Board of Supervisors for five year terms. They serve without pay, but receive their actual expenses incurred while carrying out their duties. The board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm, and public participation is welcomed.

The Mahaska County Conservation Board seeks to ensure that future generations have ample opportunity to enjoy parks, natural resources and the scenic beauty that Mahaska County has to offer. The MCCB encourages your support in this goal.

Environmental Education is the cornerstone of the MCCB's conservation philosophy. Therefore, the MCCB is dedicated to educating the public to better understand, appreciate, and protect the environment that sustains us all. Our free quarterly newsletter, The Prairie Star, a monthly column in the local newspaper, weekly radio program, and programs presented to schools, clubs, civic groups, and community organizations are all geared towards this end.
Nicholson Park Quercus Wildlife Area Eveland Access Cedar Bluffs Natural Area Cedar Park Access Peter's Wildlife Area Russell Wildlife Area & Conservation Center Glendale Access Maskunky Marsh Rose Hill Access Rose Hill Marsh White Oak Conservation Area Union Mills Access Roberson Access Ever-tru Natural Wilderness Area Eveland Access Sheets Addition Eddyville Dune Sands Sawnson's Wildlife Area