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Possession of beer in a keg or any alcohol in a container larger than a quart is not allowed.
Hunting, Fishing, Swimming and Boating
The use of live minnows is prohibited.
We do not allow target or trap shooting on any of our areas.
No permanent blinds or tree stands are allowed. However stands or blinds that are portable, capable of being moved by one person from one location to another, capable of being removed daily, and ones that do not cause damage to any natural features are allowed.
Boats are allowed only at Ahrens Access of Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve. However, only electric (and not gas powered motors) are permissible.
Swimming is prohibited in all areas managed by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Animals and Pets
All pets much be on leashes no longer than six feet in length in all Jasper County Conservation parks and preserves.
Horseback riding is not currently allowed in any of the Jasper County Conservation areas.
No party may occupy any camp area for more than 14 days out of a 17 day period.
See a list of camping rules.
The Jasper County Conservation Board charges $7/unit/night. A fee of $25 will be charged for scout and church group camping. Primitive camping with vault latrines are available at Ashton Wildwood Park and Mariposa Recreation Area.
Weather permitting, Ashton is open year-round and Mariposa is open beginning April 1.
Fires may be built only in grills and fire rings provided by the Jasper County Conservation Board.
Jasper County Conservation does rent several pieces of equipment to help private landowners establish habitat on their own land. See our Equipment Rental Policy and information on our rental rates.
Flower and Seed Collection
No, the grasses and flowers in the ditches serve as wildlife habitat and enjoyment for travelers. The ditches and the plants contained in ditches are the property of the county.
No, it is illegal to remove, injure, or destroy any tree, flower, shrub, plant or other vegetation, or any rock or mineral in any county owned areas. We do, however, permit the collection of fruits, nuts, berries, and mushrooms, as long as no damage is done to the parent plants.
Shelterhouses, Hours and Special Events
Special events (weddings, family reunions, etc.) will often require a Special Event Permit.
Jasper County Conservation charges $25 to reserve a shelter - they are available on a first-come basis. To arrange to reserve a shelter, contact the Conservation Office by calling (641) 792-9780.
All persons are required to vacate county areas between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. except in specific areas designated for overnight camping.
There are shelterhouses at:
- Mariposa Recreation Area
- Ashton Wildwood Park
- Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve
- Wagaman Mill
- Reimer Refuge
Skiing, Snowmobiles and ATV's
The Jasper County Conservation Board does not currently allow snowmobiles or ATVs in any of our areas.
The Jasper County Conservation Board manages almost 25 miles of recreational trails.
Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail
The Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail is an abandoned railroad right-of-way that has been converted to a recreation al trail beginning in Baxter and ending in Bondurant, in Polk County. The black-topped trail is perfect for walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and cross country skiing in the winter. Rest stops and picnic shelters are found in Baxter, Ira, Mingo, and Bondurant. These areas, as well as Valeria, offer parking for trail access.
Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail
The Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail is a black-topped bike trail that begins at Rock Creek State Park and ends in Grinnell, in Poweshiek County. The 4 mile trail consists of challenging terrain nestled in the scenic beauty of the Rock Creek Lake watershed. In the spring, summer and fall it is used primarily for biking, jogging and walking; and cross country skiing in the winter.
Other Natural Trails
Many other natural trails are available for cross country skiing in Jasper County. Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve and Clear Creek Wildlife Area have trails that may be used for hiking, running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.