Duck Creek Quarry Beach
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 beach is open only to Howard residents and their guests who have wristbands during limited hours from the end of May through Labor Day. The beach is closed for the season and will re-open around Memorial Day 2022. Beach hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wristbands for the 2022 swimming season will be distributed in person at the Public Works Facility, located at 1336 Cornell Road, beginning on May 16. Wristbands cannot be mailed. Only Howard residents may pick up bands, which will be issued during the following hours:
- May 16 through June 17: Monday - Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- June 20 through Sept. 5: Monday - Thursday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Residents will complete a wristband order form. A driver's license or State ID is required. Supporting documentation confirming residency also is required if the address on the license is not current.