Jackson County Conservation provides outdoor recreation and education opportunities and encourages the development and conservation of natural resources.
We manage 37 parks for public use; including wildlife areas, campgrounds, historic sites and trails; encompassing more than 2,000 acres in Jackson County.
Popular outdoor recreation opportunities include picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, boating, birding, geocaching and more!
Jackson County is located in eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River.
Prairie plants are finding their way back into Iowa’s landscapes, not only on public lands, but also in private gardens and yards. Native plants are a great choice for your yard or garden projects for many reasons. Native flowers and grasses are well adapted to the local climate, and can better withstand the severe drought, flooding and temperatures of Iowa. Native plants also require little to no fertilizers, are resistant to local diseases, insects, and other pests, as well as provide habitat and food for local wildlife.
Finding native plants to include in your yard is not always easy, but definitely worth the extra effort it takes to locate them. Many of the plants found at local ‘big box’ stores are not native and will not provide the long lasting benefits of prairie plants that have spent years adapting to the Iowa climate and soils.
Jackson County Conservation is holding a native plant seed sale this spring to help people obtain native species.
Jackson County Conservation's quarterly newsletter, Up and Down the River, highlights programs, activities and projects with our county parks. Would you like to join our newsletter mailing list? Email Jess with either your email or mailing address to be added.
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Jackson County Conservation
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
Offices at the Hurstville
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Phone: (563) 652-3783
Fax: (563) 652-2191
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday
January - March CLOSED
April - October 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Nov. - Dec. 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Parks and trails are open 6 am - 10:30 pm
Tune into KMAQ on the radio for our weekly "In the Great Outdoors" segment. Topics relate to wildlife and conservation issues in Iowa.
KMAQ AM 1320 Wednesdays at 4:35 pm
and Saturdays at 8:15 am
KMAQ FM 95.1 Wednesdays at 5:45 pm
and Saturdays at 7:45 am
- Aldo Leopold
The Jackson County Conservation Board is responsible to acquire, develop, maintain and make the following available to the inhabitants of the county: public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreational centers, county forests, 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.
If anyone believes he or she has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap, he or she may file a complaint alleging discrimination with either the Jackson County Conservation Board or the Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240
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