Current News

9/22/20 The Governor just announced he has decided we can go to Stage 5. Just as a clarification:

  • While Stage 5 states full capacity it is STILL WITH PROPER DISTANCING so if you are scheduled for a rental at one of our facilities (and we thank you) we are still at the capacities we have been since we opened back up for rentals and will be for the foreseeable future! So as far as Allen County Parks facilities are concerned…NOTHING HAS CHANGED! Sorry!
  • The mask mandate is still in effect. If you schedule an appointment to be in our nature centers please bring and wear a mask.

09/09/20 This coming Friday, September 11 is Patriot Day. In honor of this all First Responders are welcome to enjoy Allen County Parks, FREE of charge. Thank you for your service. 

09/09/20 As some of you have already found out Yohne Road (Fox Island) is closed temporarily for construction work on a crossing pipe. The closure occurs at the intersection of Branstrator and Ellison Roads. Fox Island County Park is still open. Visitors should use Smith Road to where it intersects with Yohne Road and head west to our entrance. Sorry for the inconvenience. The work should not take more than a couple of days.

09/08/20 Our hours have changed!! We now close at 7:00 PM which means gates are locked at 7:00 PM. Please plan your visit accordingly! Thank you for your cooperation! These hours will be in effect until the time changes in November.

08/10/20 A special meeting of the Allen County Park & Recreation Board will be held on August 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Click Here for more information.

8/03/20  Just a reminder, you may NOT erect tents and have ceremonies without making a reservation and payment before the event. 

07/27/20  Effective today if you call and schedule an appointment for entry into the Nature Centers for annual pass purchases, rental payments, or program registrations as well as use of the restrooms masks are now required due to the Governors Mandate. Stay safe and healthy. Nature Centers are closed but you may make an appointment by calling either Nature Center. Restrooms are available at both from 10am to 6pm daily, please plan accordingly.

06/29/20 Allen County Trailblazers program has started for the 2020 season. Click Here for more information and to register. A great way to get out of the house and visit some great areas.


06/12/20 We have started nature programming again. Please note you MUST preregister in order to participate due to COVID.  Click here to go to our program calendar.

06/01/20  Our “Back on the Trail” re-opening schedule is listed below. Of special note, Nature Centers remain closed but you may make an appointment from 10 am – 6 pm for the following: Annual pass purchases, rental payments and reservations, program payments and registrations. Also, nature programs are by registration ONLY. You must be registered to participate!

Simply call one of the Nature Centers at Fox Island 449-3180 or Metea 449-3777. 


04/16/20 We added a YouTube Channel – YouTube Channel

04/15/20 Me again – Well its April 15th!! In a normal year some of us would be scrambling to get our taxes done and mailed. Not normal anymore! 🙁 We’re still open. Nothing has changed too much but will await word for the Governor later this week. In the mean time we added an Owl Program along with a quiz and answer sheet (don’t cheat) to our Self Guided Activities Page.

04/08/20 Note from Superintendent – we’re still open for daily visitors (9 am – 7 pm) and will remain so as long as everyone follows the rules (no large gatherings, playground equipment closed, social distancing etc). Nature Centers are closed but restrooms are available.

To those of you that have paid your entry fees we VERY MUCH APPRECIATE IT as this is how we must pay the bills!! We know times are tough so if you haven’t or can’t afford to, that’s OK just remember us when things get back to normal. If you’ve been coming to the parks and paying daily consider purchasing an Annual Pass, they are good for one year from purchase date and are good at both Fox Island and Metea County Parks. You can click here and download the form. Fill it out and mail it back to us along with your check and we’ll send it out to your home as quickly as possible. 

03/25/20 Note from Superintendent – No news, thankfully although the Stay at Home Order has been given. Parks still remain open, with the restrictions listed below from 3/23/20. Remember if you are coming out please practice safe distancing from each other. Also as noted below playgrounds are closed to play. Scroll down for link to Self Guided Activities.
03/24/20 Note from Superintendent – As of right now you are still welcome to visit and hike BUT PLEASE DO NOT COME IN LARGE GROUPS. Distancing is still in effect. We do not want to be put in a position where we have to close the parks due to large crowds gathering!!

03/24/20 Link to Fox Island Facebook page with Jeff Ormiston’s awesome videos on salamander larvae along with many other cool things! Also check out the self guided activities link below.

03/23/20 Link to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Governor’s latest Executive Order. An excerpt from this includes this:

Can I take my kids to the park?

State parks remain open, but welcome centers, inns, and other buildings are closed. Families will be able to go outside and take a walk, run or bike ride, but they should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing spreading the virus.

County Parks remain open with same restrictions at this time.

03/23/20 Links to Self Guided Activities here

NO we are NOT renting cross country skis!!!! 03/23/20

Note from the Superintendent: 03/20/20

The staff at County Parks hopes that all of you are well and staying healthy! If you’re not you’re most certainly in our prayers.

If you are healthy and more than likely stuck at home, a good walk in the woods or prairie can be quite uplifting. OBVIOUSLY IF OUR LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY STAY HOME THEN LISTEN!! I just came back from outside the Nature Center and all the critters are having a wonderful time (they don’t watch the news evidently), the birds are singing, frogs are going nuts, we found salamander larvae, squirrels and chipmunks are still busy so the animal world is still conducting a show for all of us humans.

To that end we wanted to update you on a few items:

  • Read Press Release 03/20/20 click here
  • The parks will remain open during our normal hours (9 am – 7 pm)
  • Nature Centers are closed to the public but restrooms will be available via alternate methods. Signs will be posted.
  • All scheduled programs ARE CANCELLED through the end of April
  • All volunteer activities are CANCELLED through the end of April
  • All scheduled rentals are in the process of either being rescheduled or cancelled through the end of April. Our cancellation policies are temporarily suspended so refunds will be available although the process may take time. Staff will be contacting all renters via email and phone to discuss process.

If things change we will update accordingly!