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Updated Impacts of COVID-19 on Dallas County Conservation Board

Perry, Iowa (April 3, 2020) – While monitoring the COVID-19 situation in central Iowa, the Dallas County Conservation Board is updating policies to maintain safe environments for visitors and staff.

Outdoor spaces including conservation and natural area properties and the Dallas County portions of the Raccoon River Valley and High Trestle Trails remain open for day use at this time, however visitors are encouraged to not congregate in any location. Visitors should respect physical distancing guidelines. 

Restrooms and water facilities, including trailside depots, remain closed at all Dallas County Conservation Board properties.

Sportsman Park camping is open to self-contained (enclosed) camper units only. All other types of camping are now prohibited at Sportsman Park and at Kuehn Conservation Area until further notice.

Facility reservations including Sportsman Park Cabins, Sportsman Park Lodge, Dayton Stagecoach Inn, and Glissman Lodge have been temporarily placed on hold.

“These adjustments to programing and facilities are important steps, as we continue to adapt to the circumstances,” says Conservation Board Director Mike Wallace.

As previously announced, all DCCB buildings and restrooms will be closed to public access effective through July 1, 2020, or until further notice.


The Dallas County Conservation Board made these decisions with the best interest of public and staff safety and to do its part to slow the spread of COVID-19 through our community. These measures align with ongoing discussions and information from the Dallas County Board Supervisors and Public Health.

The Dallas County Conservation Board will continue to assess the situation and adjust as necessary. For more information please contact the administrative offices at 515-465-3577 or  



In 1962, the people of Dallas County voted to authorize a Dallas County Conservation Board (DCCB) with a goal of acquiring and developing county parks, preserves, forests, wildlife, in addition to other conservation resources and also to provide environmental programming to the public to cultivate citizenship and conservation ethics. 

The Conservation Board sets policy and oversees the activities of the Conservation Department. It owns and manages over twenty five sites totaling over 3000 acres. Land acquisition and the conservation of our natural resources associated with the Raccoon River system in Dallas County are key DCCB priorities. 

Chris Teaching

Our Environmental Education programs provide quality education to the public through hands on experience with nature. They allow us to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues, and in doing so, provide our citizens with the skills to make informed decisions. We focus on outside learning and utilize our many parks and wildlife areas for better learning experiences.

Recreational trails and trail opportunities are also a priority of the DCCB. As new trail opportunities arise, we strive to acquire and develop them. Not only do these trail systems provide recreational opportunities but they also provide and preserve additional wildlife habitat. They are an important part of the quality of life that we all pursue.

Our Strategic Plan 

The DCCB's strategic plan is an extensive document that details the goals and direction of the department and it's programs and is intended to be used as a tool and guide to direct the management of the Dallas County Conservation Board.  Click here to view or download the document.

Please Visit Us! 

Forest Park Museum Sign

The Dallas County Conservation Board Headquarters are located at the south edge of Perry, approximately ¼ mile south of HWY 141, on the West side of “K” Avenue.
(“K” Avenue north of HWY 141 is called 16th Street). 
Watch for brown and white arrowhead directional signs just before the junction of “K” Avenue and Hwy 141.

Dallas County Conservation Board  
14581 K Ave.  Perry, Iowa 50220   
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm 


 "Mission Statement"
"To protect, preserve, and enhance our natural resources by providing opportunities to improve the public’s quality of life through environmental education, ecosystem management, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation.”