ALERT: Construction will begin on Hitchcock Nature Center's main entrance starting July 12th. Expect limited access to trails and temporary park closures during this time.
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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.

Attention

Highway 59 just south of Hancock, IA to Oakland is now open.

 

Water access in the north & middle campgrounds has been restored for the spring season & the campground dumpstation is open.

 

New modern restrooms & shower facilites are now open!  

Botna Bend Park
42926 Mahogany Road
Hancock, Iowa 51536
(712) 741-5465

Directions:
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 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

Canoeing

Disc Golf Course

Hiking Trails

Seasonal Activities

West Nishnabotna Water Trail

Others

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
jon.fenner@pottcounty-ia.gov
(712) 741-5465

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Cory Thomas

Assistant Park Ranger
cjthomas@pottcounty-ia.gov
(402) 676-4507

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Botna Bend Park Map

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