descriptions and directions
Stony Lake - Dickinson County
GPS Coordinates: 43.3656249130081, -95.3554058074951
Management: Private (see directions for access)
Description: The largest (~300 acres) historic natural lake/marsh in private ownership in Iowa. Rocky glacial moraine slopes surround most of the area. Very similar to what might be found in northeastern South Dakota.
Habitat: Shallow lake/marsh with extensive emergent vegetation. Surrounding hillsides mostly grazed and degraded native prairie. Good for many aquatic birds, as well as grassland birds on side hills. However, this is a private are, so all viewing must be don from public roadways on the north, west or south sides.
Directions: On the west side of Dickinson Co. From Hwy. 9 just south of Lake Park, take M-27/130th four miles south to 190th. Take 190th right (west) two miles to 110th Ave. and the lake is in the vicinity southeast of this intersection.