DISCOVER Nature's Wonders



Welcome to Clay County Conservation

Clay County Conservation Board's goal is to promote a safe, friendly environment for all to enjoy. A multitude of activities exist within the 25 parks and areas of the Clay County Conservation Department: camping, hiking, educational programs, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking and much, much more! For additional information about programs and how to reserve a cabin or picnic shelter in one of our parks, please call the Clay County Conservation Board.



Trout are released at Scharnberg Park! Head out to the park and catch some trout!
This is part of the Iowa DNR's Urban Lakes Trout Program, which is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more people across the state. The lake is open to fish by all individuals with an Iowa fishing license and trout stamp.


Scharnberg Park

Scharnberg Park is a 45 acre park that hosts a 15 acre pond with a handicap accessible fishing pier, swimming beach, concessions and watersport rentals. The park also features a campground with 60 campsites, 3 cabins and shelter house.

Oneota Park

Oneota park is home to the Clay County Conservation Board Headquarters and sits on 223 acres of rolling prairie bordered by the Little Sioux River and bottom ground timber.


Our goal is to provide education that enhances outdoor experiences for all ages. We do this through school education programs, field trips, nursing home visits, preschools, library programs, public programs, summer camps, partnerships with civic groups, and so much more!

Headlines & Events

Is the ice safe?

The safety of ice depends on its thickness and other factors such as cracks, inlets, and moving water.  Ice begins to be “safe” at around 4 – 6 inches thickness.  Do not even walk on ice 3″ or less in thickness.  However, it is important to note that ice thickness can vary across a body of…

Trout Release 11.8.23

Trout Released!

Trout were released at Scharnberg Park on November 8, 2023 by Iowa DNR’s Urban Lakes Trout Program. This is an effort to introduce trout fishing to more people across the state. Remember, if you are fishing for these trout, you must have a valid Iowa fishing license and trout stamp. For more information contact CCCB…

Halloween Hike 2021

Halloween Hike 2023

Annual Halloween Hike at Scharnberg Park will be October 7, 2023! 6:00-8:00 PM(PLEASE DO NOT COME EARLY)NO VEHICLE TRAFFIC IN THE CAMPGROUND AFTER 5:30 PMPLEASE GIVE A NON-PERISHABLE ITEM TO BE DONATED TO THE UPPER DES MOINES FOOD PANTRY. (Expiration date on food items must be after January 1, 2024)