Site Details

Deere Dike - Dubuque County

GPS Coordinates: 42.5749533, -90.6840151

Management: Federal - USFWS

Description: Official name is now the Little Maquoketa River Delta, but the site has long been known as Deere Dike. Trails affording good views of marshy wetlands and open river. Over 200 species have been recorded here. Target species include waterfowl and shorebirds during spring and fall migration and wetland passerines during the breeding season.

Habitat: Mostly wetlands and good access to views of the Mississippi River. Some riparian woodlands.

Directions: Take Central Ave (SR 3) north through Dubuque. Turn right on E. 32nd Street, which becomes Peru Road. Follow Peru Road for 2.2 miles until it junctions with Riverside Road. Take Riverside Road around the John Deere plant and start birding. Once you cross the railroad tracks, there is a gravel parking lot 0.3 miles on the right. From here, gravel paths take you around the impoundment or to a vantage point where you can scan the river.

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