The idea for Lake Hendricks Park first began in the autumn of 1951 when K.K. "Buck" Hendricks had asked a couple of friends to accompany him on a walk in "Hendricks Woods". During their walk, Buck expressed an interest in preserving the area for future generations.
During the period of 1958-60, the Howard County Conservation Board and the Mitchell County Conservation Board began planning the establishment of Lake Hendricks Park. The Army Corps of Engineers assisted with the design and specification of the dam. Local volunteers completed most of the construction of the lake bed.
Today Lake Hendricks Park is Howard County's largest and most popular park. This 234-acre park is one of the oldest in the county conservation board system and the largest man-made lake in Iowa.
Take a walk (and maybe a fishing pole) on Iowa's first Rock Arch Rapids. Located on the Vernon Springs Mill Pond, this innovative fish ladder replaced a 150-year-old spill-water dam reconnecting hundreds of miles of river habitat. Over 280 feet of pools and rapids showcase this stunning new recreation area and is located at the end of the Prairie Springs Recreational Trail.
While you are there, leave enough time to tour the Prairie's Edge Nature Center and check out the newly renovated and spectacular displays of wildlife and plants native to our area. Next door is the ever-popular Turkey River Campground enjoyed throughout the camping season.
Accessible to Persons with Disabilities
Rate Range: $20 - $40
Trails: Hiking, Biking, Cross-country skiing, Nature Observation, Snowmobiling