Howard County Conservation Board

posted on Monday, July 10, 2017

“Lake Hendricks is a beautiful spot for area families to enjoy the outdoors year-round,” says Park Ranger Ryan Sindelar. “And now, thanks to the devotion of the Howard County Conservation Board and Iowa Select Farms, Lake Hendricks Park will be even more family friendly.”

The Howard County Conservation Board plans to use the Iowa Select Farms $10,000 community improvement grant to upgrade the area by paving ten permanent camping pads, updating the campground restrooms and showers, constructing new fish structures and habitat additions and adding new sand to the beach/swimming area.

“More importantly,” says board director Harold Chapman, “the infrastructure improvements are permanent fixtures that will add long-term value to the park. The fish structures, habitat improvements, updated camping pads, restrooms and the new sand for the beach will be enjoyed by park visitors for many years.”

“There is just so much to do here,” adds Sindelar. “The lake provides swimming in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. There’s also the playground equipment and a trail that goes around the lake that is great for biking and hiking.” “Lake Hendricks Park is a very popular location as there aren’t many other lakes like this in the area,” Sindelar adds. “There are only 132 lakes in the entire state and places like Lake Hendricks Park are attracting more and more visitors. We even get a large number of Minnesota and other out-of-town visitors which helps create a very positive image for the Riceville area.”

“You come down here and you can let your kids go everywhere because it is such a safe area,” says Riceville resident Sandy Sullivan. “Lake Hendricks Park holds many memories and traditions for lots of families in the area. The improvements being made by the Howard County Conservation Board and the support of Iowa Select Farms will help to continue making those memories and keep traditions alive for area families and out-of-town visitors.” #billionplus #communitycare