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Botna Bend Park

The towering deciduous trees and open green spaces invite outdoor enthusiasts to this unique 119-acre park nestled in Hancock, IA.


  • Campground Winterization (as of November 7th): South Campground water, the shower house in the Middle Campground, and restrooms in the North Campground are all closed for the season. The dump station is still available for use. Water hydrants in the Middle and North campground will remain on through the winter. Pit toilets are available for year-round use.
  • Click here for Pottawattamie County Beaver Bounty Program information and forms.
  • The south campground and boat ramp is currently closed until further notice due to construction. Please check back for updates. Thank you!
  • Disc golf is unavailable until further notice due to construction in the South Campground. We will update this page and our Facebook page when it's back open. 
  • Please note: Prescribed fire may occur in the park during your visit or stay. Please check back or visit our Facebook page for updates and details.
Botna Bend Park
42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, Iowa 51536
(712) 741-5465

Take I-80 exit #40, 8 miles south on US Hwy 59

Park Hours:
6:30 am to 10:30 pm

Park Admission:
$3.00 per vehicle, payable with exact change or check at the park gate. Park Map

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Home to our annual Maple Tree Tap event this picturesque park also features live bison and elk herds with informational kiosks to introduce you to these amazing animals. Explore the park on quiet prairie and river hiking trails or visit our playground & nature playscape for a fun, family adventure, have a picnic at one of our convenient shelters, book your next family get together at Olsen Lodge, or stay the night in our beautiful campgrounds. 

Botna Bend Park is located on the West Nishnabotna River Water Trail & also features access to this meandering river for your canoeing or tubing adventure. 

Botna Bend Park & Trail Map


Park Features

Archery Range

Bring your bow and arrows and hone your archery skills at the archery range located just a short hike off the main road east of Olsen Lodge. This is a great spot for beginning and proficient archers alike. The archery range has a 15, 20, 30, and 40-yard target and is located off the main road on the eastern edge of the park. 

Bison & Elk


Disc Golf Course

Hiking Trails

West Nishnabotna Water Trail


Park Facilities

Botna Bend Olsen Lodge

Starting at $100.00

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Botna Bend RV Camping

Starting at $20.00

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Botna Bend Tent Camping

Starting at $10.00

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River Level

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Park Staff

Jon Fenner

Botna Bend Park Ranger

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Cory Thomas

Assistant Park Ranger

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Botna Bend Park Map

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