Buffalo Shores

Buffalo Shores

Buffalo Shores is a twenty-five acre recreation area located off of State Highway 22, just downstream from Buffalo, Iowa, on the Mississippi River. A double boat ramp, free beach, ample parking, toilets, water, and picnicking are available in the park's day use area. In addition, overnight camping is offered at the 65-site campground, which provides electricity, water, a dump station, and modern comfort station with showers.

Free beach, boat ramp, picnicking in day use area.

Buffalo Shores
1433 Front St
Buffalo, Iowa 52729
(563) 328-3281

Members of the Scott County Conservation Board and Board of Supervisors were on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the campground and to tour the area improvements: some of which include remodeled restrooms, new electrical and water hookups, new hard surfaced roadways and camping pads, and new playground equipment. These improvements, which total more than $400,000, have been paid for with funds from the Board of Supervisors, the Conservation Board's Capital Improvements, and reimbursements from FEMA, as a result of the flooding.

Buffalo Shores


Front St., Davenport, Ia during High water 1888; cyanotype #117 from Mackenzie album
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:00pm

Note: different date and location this month.

The Monday, June 18th Forum will feature Bob Bryant at the Fairmount Street Library

Bob Bryant is a retired Director/naturalist of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center and former Director of the Clinton County Conservation Board.

When, How and Why The Mississippi River Was Transformed Into A Commercial Highway

Bob’s presentation will take you on a photographic tour of the Upper Mississippi River through the camera lens of Henry Bosse.

In 1874, Bosse was hired by the Army Corps of Engineers as a cartographer to make maps, navigational...

photo of 2 young boys on on golf green

Program Includes:

  • Top Professional Instruction
  • Range Balls
  • Green Fees
  • Gifts & Prizes
  • Tournament & Awards Cook-Out
  • Quad Cities Finest Practice Facility
  • Professional Demonstrations
  • Instructional Log Book

Instruction Covers:

The five fundamentals to an improved golf game will be covered (Grip, Posture, Backswing, Downswing, and Alignment.)  Also, chipping, pitching, putting, along with discussion of rules and etiquette.  Classes are instructed and supervised by Glynns Creek Head Golf Professional John Valliere, and five other trained...

photo of golf course
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Man and woman are a 2 person team and play 9 holes in an alternate shot format and scored using a modified stable ford scoring system. The event is flighted by the number of teams signed up each night. Men play from the white tees and women play from the red tees. Cost (subject to change) is $55.00 per couple and includes green fee, cart fee, prizes and a cookout after play. This is intended to be a fun night and beginners are encouraged to participate.


The Scott County Conservation Board (SCCB) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in coordination with FYRA Engineering, will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 5 p.m. at the Blue Grass Public Safety Building (606 Mayne Street in Bluegrass, IA) to discuss plans for improving water quality and recreational opportunities at West Lake Park in Scott County. Restoration activities planned for the park will be presented at the meeting, along with an opportunity for the public to express their comments and ask questions about the long term management and improvement plans.

Water quality at the lakes has...

Two bicyclers at the park.

Bike and Equestrian Trails are OPEN.

  • When open, please avoid any areas that may be wet.
  • At times, trails are closed due to weather conditions.

If you would like additional information, please call Scott County Park at (563) 328-3282 ext 1.

Two instructors in the pool demonstrating a skill to a group of children sitting along the edge of the pool.

Scott County Park Pool is proud to be an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Provider. The Learn-to-Swim program is unique compared to other learn to swim programs. Classes are offered for children ages 3 years old and up. Students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in the one level before then advancing to the next.

Sessions are offered from June-July for Group Lessons, Private Lessons, Lifeguarding Certification and a WSI Instructor Class. Register online now or in person starting April 16th at the Scott County Park Entry Station.

  • ...
Fireworks display on the Mississippi River.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Scott County offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4th in observation of the holiday.

Have a safe Fourth of July holiday.

photo of Menke building
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Join Dr. Mitchell, Director of the Monsignor Menke Observatory for a tour of the night sky. Call 563-333-6141 on the day of the event for a recorded message confirming whether the star party will take place or must be cancelled due to stormy weather. If the weather is merely cloudy, the star party will still take place with a tour of the observatory and an opportunity for questions and answers with local astronomers.

This is the Emerald Ash Borer.

Due to infestations of Emerald Ash Borer, Out-Of-County firewood without proper IDALS labeling is NOT permitted. For more information speak with our park staff or visit: http://www.iowadnr.gov/forestry/shadetrees/eab.html

News & Notices

NEWS RELEASE - JUNE 14, 2018 The Scott County Conservation Board (SCCB) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in coordination with FYRA Engineering, will host a public meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 5 p.m. at the Blue Grass Public Safety Building (606 Mayne Street in Bluegrass, IA...
Posted: June 15, 2018
During this workshop, you will learn about The Great Sunflower Project. This citizen science project helps you better understand the cause and effect of the decline in bee populations. You get to participate in a pollinator count and then make an insect hotel that you can take home and install in...
Posted: June 1, 2018
REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming events next quarter. Join Director/Naturalist Dave Murcia for an adventure with kayaks. Whether you are a beginner or regular paddler, come out to learn basics. Program includes all equipment use, covers safety, techniques, and...
Posted: June 1, 2018