Conservation boards also help educate local residents about the natural world in which we live, and administer roadside vegetation management programs.

  Marion County, Iowa - Conservation

Park Contacts - Forms - Links - Cabin-Camping Reservations - FAQ - Hunter Safety Classes

In 1955, the Iowa State Legislature passed a law permitting counties to establish County Conservation Boards. The Marion County Conservation Board was established by a vote of the people in the Fall of 1956 and became one of the 16 charter members of the first county conservation boards in the State of Iowa. The Conservation Board began operations in December of 1956.

Conservation boards are local natural resource management and outdoor recreation agencies whose responsibilities are the following: to acquire, develop, maintain and make available public museums, parks, preserves, parkways, playgrounds, recreation centers, forests, wildlife and other conservation areas, to encourage the orderly development and conservation of natural resources and to provide adequate programs of public recreation.

New Public Pavilion At Cordova Park

Click here for additional information

Marion County Park Renovation Project

Renovation Project

Click here for information about the Marion County Park Renovation Project

Winged Expressions At Horn's Ferry

There is new artistic sculpture and signage at the Horn's Ferry Bridge down river from the Lake Red Rock Dam. Click on the link below for a little preview before driving to check it out.

Horn's Ferry Bridge Signage and Sculptures

Conservation boards also help educate local residents about the natural world in which we live, and administer roadside vegetation management programs.

County conservation boards have been created in all of Iowa's 99 counties and are governed by Chapter 350 of the Code of Iowa.

The law that the legislators developed is very broad. Their intent is to allow each county to create a program to fit the natural resources that are available and to meet the needs of the community. In order to make this law work, each county needs to develop a governing body. Each County Board of Supervisors selects five citizens within the county to serve a five-year term with no monetary compensation. Those people that are selected show or demonstrate an interest in the environment and conservation. It is this group that sets the policies for the county parks and programs.

Name Position Term
Bill Boyd President 12/31/2019
Scott Visser Vice-President 12/31/2021
Will Prather Member 12/31/2018
Karen Ackley Member 12/31/2017
Chad Boehlje Member 12/31/2020

Rules and Regulation Governing Public Use of Conservation Boards Areas

Rules and Regulations Brochure

Cabin and Campsite On-Line Reservations

Starting on January 7th, 2013 the Marion County Conservation Board will be able to take on-line reservations for the Cordova Cabins, and the Marion County Park and Roberts Creek Park campgrounds. Click on the link below for additional information.

On-line Reservations Announcement

Reservation Website

Cordova Cabins Rental Policy

County Parks Campsite Rental Policy

Reservation Cancellation and Refund Policy

Click here to email for additional cabin and park information.

Hunter Education Logo

Hunter Safety Education

Iowa law requires that anyone born after January 1, 1972 must be certified in hunter education before they are eligible to purchase an Iowa hunting license. Locally, hunter education classes are provided through a cooperative effort between the DNR, the Marion County Conservation Board, and the Marion County Sportsman's Club. For information you may contact Ken Kenyon, IDNR Conservation Officer at (641) 891-1246, Marla Mertz, MCCB Naturalist at (641) 627-5935, or click on the links listed below.

For additional information about the DNR Hunter Safety Education program click on the link below.

DNR Hunter Safety Program Website

To visit the DNR Hunter Safety Online Registration website click on the link below.

DNR Online Registration Website

Students under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian over 18 to create an account for them and then register them into the class.

ATTENTION: Anyone who registers and fails to cancel prior to the class start date will not be considered for future classes of the same type.

Workbooks will be handed out the first night of class.

2017 Hunter Safety Education Schedule

March 16th and 18th, 2017

June 22nd and 24th, 2017

September 7th and 9th, 2017

Thursday classes 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday classes 8:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m. You must attend both sessions to become certified. All classes are held at the Marion County Sportsman's Club, click on the link below.

Marion County Sportsmans Club

When traveling, look for the "Arrowhead" transportation directional sign which will direct you to one of these fine areas.

Arrowhead transportation directional sign

Do you have a question about one of our parks. Click here to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our parks and the Conservation Board.

Click here for Maps of Marion County Parks

Eagles photographed at 2007 Fall Migration Celebration

Department Head Name:
Steve Edwards, Director

Address of
Conservation office:
214 E Main Street
4th Floor of Courthouse
Knoxville Iowa 50138

Hours Office is open:

Courthouse Office
Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M - 4:30 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Marion County Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Roberts Creek Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Cordova Park
Monday - Friday
7:30 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Schedule varies, please call ahead to verify office is open

Phone Number:
(641) 828-2213

FAX Number:
(641) 828-2216

Park Rangers:

Dave McKinney
Marion County Park
306 Willets Drive
Knoxville, Iowa 50138
Direct (641) 828-2214

Mike Kalkwarf
Roberts Creek Park
1617 Fillmore Dr
Otley, Iowa 50214
Direct (641) 627-5507

Ross Tuel
Cordova Park
1378 Highway G28
Otley, Iowa 50214
Direct (641) 627-5935

Marla Mertz, Naturalist

Cordova Park
1378 Highway G28
Otley, Iowa 50214

Conservation Forms:
Downloadable forms
used in the Conservation office

Conservation Links:
Marion County

Marion County Conservation Facebook page

Cordova Cabins Brochure

User Fee Schedule

Red Rock Area Website

Gladys Black Environmental Education Project

Red Rock Lake Association

Corps of Engineers-Lake Red Rock

DNR - State of Iowa

Other Related Links:

Iowa Association of
County Conservation Boards
(County Parks in Iowa)

Hunter Safety Education - Marion County

DNR - Hunter Education

Marion County Sportsmans Club Web Site

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Red Rock area shoreline - come visit Marion County Iowa

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