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. For the 2021 season, the Duck Creek Quarry beach will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day from May 21 to Sept. 6.
Wristbands will not be handed out at Village Hall or at the beach.