Duck Creek Quarry Park is a 30.83-acre property that formerly was a limestone quarry that operated from 1827 until 2001. The Village of Howard purchased the property, and the abandoned quarry filled with water from the natural aquifer.
The Duck Creek Quarry was opened for limited recreational use in 2015. The Village of Howard developed it into an actual park and in recent years added amenities such as a sand beach, fishing dock, and a trail system. The beach features a buoyed shallow family swim area and a second deep swimming area recommended for more advanced swimmers.
Duck Creek Quarry Park is open to the general public during normal park hours (sunrise to sunset), except for the Duck Creek Quarry Beach. Park visitors may enjoy catch-and-release fishing, non-motorized boating, paddle boarding, dog swimming and walking. Swimming, including floating, is only allowed from the beach area.
The swim beach is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily throughLabor Day Monday. The swim beach is now closed for the season.
As always, the remainder of Duck Creek Quarry Park is open sunrise to sunset daily for all to enjoy.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Duck Creek Quarry Beach is open only to those with wristbands. The remainder of the park is open to the public for catch-and-release fishing, non-motorized boating, paddle boarding, dog swimming, and walking,
Swimming is only allowed from the beach area. Swimming is prohibited at the fishing dock or any other area of the quarry. Use of any type of floaty is considered swimming so those are only allowed on the beach.
Everyone over the age of 5 must have a wristband to enter the beach. Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by an adult with a wristband! Howard residents may get wristbands at the Public Works Facility, located at 1336 Cornell Road.
Swimming is at your own risk. The water depth is greater than 170 feet in some areas, and there is no lifeguard on duty. Life jackets are recommended.
Users must abide by the posted rules. These include no smoking or vaping, no alcohol, no glass bottles or containers, etc. Failure to do so may result in the loss of beach privileges.