descriptions and directions
Colyn area - Lucas County
GPS Coordinates: 40.9258109207035, -93.2121706008911
Description: This is a series of ponds and open freshwater marsh within the Rathbun Wildlife Area. Both fields and forested patches adjoin the wetlands. The land is administered by Iowa DNR, the local headquarters of which adjoin the property.
Habitat: Freshwater marshes and ponds. The habitat is good for shorebirds in migration (depending on water levels), and rails, waders and waterfowl in general.
Directions: In southeastern Lucas County: From the town of Chariton take U.S. Highway 34 east to County Road S-50 (signed 280th Ave). Take S-50 south 5 miles to a parking area near a pond on the left. From here a trail skirts the marsh and leads up a hill next to a wooded area. The marsh continues on both sides of 280th Ave. for the next mile to the south of the parking area. The gravel road is lightly traveled, so walking the road and observation from a vehicle on the road are possible
Public Hunting Area
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Important Bird Area: IBA Entry for Colyn area