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Plan your next holiday gathering with Pottawattamie Conservation

Tis almost the season for family, friend, and co-worker gatherings at your favorite county parks!

If you’re starting to think about where you should host that holiday party this year and looking for unique and affordable options for your group, then here’s your sign! Pottawattamie Conservation parks offer full lodge rentals, room rentals, and cabin stays for you and yours to have a truly special experience this season.

See below for our offerings and make your reservation today!

 

Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa 

Address: 27792 Ski Hill Loop Honey Creek, Iowa 51542 | Roughly 25 minutes from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro

Contact us: 712-545-3283

Badger Ridge Trail at HNC

What’s available?  Two meeting rooms in the park’s Loess Hills Lodge.

When are they available?  Subject to prior reservations, rooms are available for both full-day and half-day rentals throughout the week.

Parking?  Visitors can park in the main lot near the Loess Hills Lodge. Please note: There is no public vehicle access past the ADA parking stalls.

The Goldfinch Room | Reserve online today!

Goldfinch Room at HNC

  • Seating: Great for groups of 50 or less.
  • Pricing: $350 per day; $175 per half-day
  • Deposit: $300 refundable deposit; $300 refundable beer and wine deposit (if applicable)
  • Reservations: Must be made 7 days in advance online or in-person. Credit card, cash, and check are accepted. Please note: A 4% processing fee is applied to credit card payments.
  • Location: Upstairs in the Loess Hills Lodge, near the Lodge Gallery, public restrooms, and overlook deck.
  • Includes: Tables (8-foot), chairs, access to a 70-inch television for presentations, slideshows, music, etc., and a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and full sink.
  • ADA accessibility: The Goldfinch Room and restrooms are both located on the main level of the Loess Hills Lodge.

The Bluestem Room | Reserve online today!

Bluestem Room at HNC

  • Seating: Great for groups of 70 or less.
  • Pricing: $350 per day; $175 per half-day
  • Deposit: $300 refundable deposit; $300 refundable beer and wine deposit (if applicable)
  • Reservations: Must be made 7 days in advance online or in-person. Credit card, cash, and check are accepted. Please note: A 4% processing fee is applied to credit card payments.
  • Location: Downstairs in the Loess Hills Lodge, near the back patio and observation tower.
  • Includes: Tables (8-foot), chairs, access to a 70-inch television for presentations, slideshows, music, etc., and a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and full sink. The Bluestem Room has private restrooms for guests.
  • ADA accessibility: The Bluestem Room is located down two sets of stairs and may also be accessed by a one-person elevator lift.

For out-of-town visitors, Hitchcock Nature Center also offers three camping cabins in the park’s campground area. Cabins sleep up to five and include a twin/full bunk bed, queen-size pullout sofa, table and chairs, microwave, minifridge, screened-in patio area with a picnic table, fire ring with grill, and water hydrant. Please note: Cabins do not have a sink or restroom but are located near restrooms and the shower house. Guests will need to bring bedding, pillows, and towels. $50 per night.

Blazing Star Cabin | Bur Oak Cabin | Goldenrod Cabin

 

Arrowhead Park in Neola, IA

Address: 29357 310th Street Neola, IA 51559 | Roughly 40 minutes from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro

Contact us: 712-485-2295

Arrowhead Park Lake

What’s available?  Breezy Lodge

When is it available?  Subject to prior reservations, the lodge is available for rent from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. throughout the week.

Parking?  Visitors can park in the lot just east of Breezy Lodge.

Breezy Lodge | Reserve online today!

Breezy Lodge at Arrowhead Park

  • Seating: Great for groups of 75 or less.
  • Pricing: $150 per day
  • Deposit: $100 refundable deposit for keg beer
  • Reservations: Must be made 3 days in advance online or in-person. Credit card, cash, and check are accepted. Please note: A 4% processing fee is applied to credit card payments.
  • Location: Located in the southeast corner of the park, Breezy Lodge is near Campground 3, the shower house, and the Breezy Point trailhead.
  • Includes: Tables (8-foot), chairs, a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and full sink, and access to the lodge patio with picnic tables. Breezy Lodge has private restrooms for guests.
  • ADA accessibility: Breezy Lodge has a ramp that may be used by guests to move between the parking lot and lodge. The lodge itself is all on one level.

For out-of-town visitors, Arrowhead also offers two camping cabins and three modern cabins:

Camping cabins sleep up to five and include a twin/full bunk bed, queen-size pullout sofa, table and chairs, microwave, minifridge, front porch area, picnic table, fire ring, grill, and water hydrant. Please note: Cabins do not have a sink or restroom but are located near restrooms and the shower house. Guests will need to bring bedding, pillows, and towels. $50 per night.

White Pine Cabin | Hilltop Cabin

Modern cabins sleep between 10 and 12 guests and include two full restrooms with showers and a full kitchen, fireplace, and patio. $165-$175 per night.

Cottonwood Cabin | Rustic Ridge Cabin | Skyview Cabin

 

Botna Bend Park in Hancock, IA

Address: 42926 Mahogany Road Hancock, IA 51536 | Roughly 50 minutes from the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro

Contact us: 712-741-5465

Elk at Botna Bend Park

What’s available?  Olsen Lodge

When is it available?  Subject to prior reservations, the lodge is available for rent from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. throughout the week.

Parking?  Visitors can park in the gravel lot just east of Olsen Lodge.

Olsen Lodge | Reserve online today!

Olsen Lodge at Botna Bend Park

  • Seating: Great for groups of 60 or less.
  • Pricing: $100 per day
  • Deposit: $100 refundable beer and wine deposit (if applicable)
  • Reservations: Must be made 3 days in advance online or in-person. Credit card, cash, and check are accepted.
  • Please note: A 4% processing fee is applied to credit card payments.
  • Location: Located just east of the middle campground and west of the archery range and secondary bison pen.
  • Includes: Tables (8-foot), chairs, a kitchenette with a full size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, oven, and full sink, and access to an outdoor seating area with a grill and small patio with picnic tables. Olsen Lodge has private restrooms for guests.
  • ADA accessibility: Olsen Lodge is all on one level. The parking lot is gravel and there is a paved sidewalk to the building. The small patio with picnic tables is also paved.

 

Questions? Contact our Volunteer & Facilities Coordinator Dana Kruse at 712-545-3283 or dana.kruse@pottcounty-ia.gov 

 

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