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The Greenprint

News and updates on projects involving Story County Conservation, and currently focusing on the lake restoration at Hickory Grove Park. 

Jul 08

Quick HGP Update

Posted on July 8, 2019 at 5:06 PM by Erica Place

  • Earthwork around campground continues for jetty construction, boat ramp expansion, and bridge to the island.
  • Fishing jetty construction has begun at the shop hillside. 
  • Sediment removal in East Game (portion of lake East of 680th) is underway. There is a total of 56,000 yards of sediment to be removed from this location. 
  • Lake dewatering is proceeding to lower lake. A 24” pipe has been installed through the dam and will be extended in to the lake bed. Once this is complete the dam will be rebuilt to pre-construction condition.  
  • Secondary Roads is working hard on reopening 680th at the tubes. Large rain events had caused undercutting beneath the road. The road is set to be opened in the next couple of weeks. 
The park (except the campgrounds and Snow Bunting Lodge) remains closed to the public during this active construction period. 

Hickory Grove Aerial
Photo by Nick Lennie 
May 14


Posted on May 14, 2019 at 1:46 PM by Erica Place

The lake restoration is in full swing. We again ask that you respect the construction process and only use the portions of the park that are open to the public: Breezy Bay and Primitive Camping open May 23rd at 5:30 am and Snow Bunting Lodge is available for rental that day as well. The archery range is also open. 

All areas outside of the above locations are CLOSED to the public. This includes the interior park road, lake access, boat ramps, beach area, and shore fishing.

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Sep 04

Heavy Rainfall

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 10:15 AM by Erica Place

Quick Update:

Hickory Grove received a little over 7 inches of rain throughout the holiday weekend. By Sunday morning the lake was completely full again and is currently one or two feet above full pool. We will continue drawdown so the archaeological survey can take place, but with more water entering the lake and more rain in the forecast it may take some time before we reach the desired water level. 

Please contact our office with questions at (515) 232-2516.