Site Details

Hales Slough WMA - Dickinson County

GPS Coordinates: 43.4732901, -95.0626373

Management: State

Description: An 242-acre area on the east side of Big Spirit Lake, containing a large marsh feeding into the lake, plus restored prairie uplands north of the marsh and shoreline trees along the lake.

Habitat: Marshy habitat dominated by emergent vegetation hosts many kinds of nesting and migratory waterfowl, American Bitterns. Restored prairie uplands offer good habitat for many grassland species.

Directions: From Iowa Highway 9, on the east side of the bridge over East Okoboji Lake, take Co. Highway M-56 winding north about 4 miles to the Hales Slough entrance road sign. Turn west and follow entrance road to parking area between lake and marsh. Also, continue about 1/4 mi. north on M-56 to a roadside parking area along the restored grasslands.

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