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Adair
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State Lake Nodaway 2 miles southwest of Greenfield
State Meadow Lake WMA 6 miles northeast of Greenfield
Adams
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State Binder Lake 1 1/2 mile northeast of Corning on Corning-Carl Rd (N53)
County Lake Icaria 4 miles north of Corning
Allamakee
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None listed Bakewell's Pond  
State Blackhawk Point WMA 1.7 miles S of New Albin on Hwy 26
None listed Cedar Hill Road Cedar banks along this road may hold Townsend's Solitaire in winter.
None listed Driftless Area NWR (restricted access)  
None listed Effigy Mounds NM From the town of McGregor, take Highway 76 north along the river about 5 miles.
None listed Effigy Mounds NM--Headquarters  
None listed Effigy Mounds NM--North Unit  
None listed Effigy Mounds NM--South Unit  
State Fish Farm Mounds WMA 3 miles S of New Albin on Hwy 26
None listed French Creek W.M.A. 4.5 miles NE of Waukon on Hwy 9,3 miles N on Creek Rd.
None listed Heytman’s Landing - in eastern Allamakee Co. on the Mississippi River. Follow X-52 (Great River Road) about eight miles north out of Harper’s Ferry to Lafayette Ridge Dr. Go east toward the river on Lafayette Ridge for more than 1.5 miles including a curve south. Then continue on Heytman Dr. to the boat ramp, again more than 1.5 miles.
State Highway A26 A-26 begins west off Hwy. 26 about two miles from the Minnesota border in the extreme northeast corner of the county. In winter, Golden Eagles are possible in flight along the bluffs to the north for most of the length of A-26, as far west as Hwy. 76, or 13.5 miles.
State Iverson Bottoms WMA 7 miles N of Waukon on Hwy 76, 6 miles NW on Iverson Rd.
None listed Lansing WMA In the Sportsman's Atlas, page 12, Find the far north west corner of Lansing Wildlife. This area is borders Iowa Township and Lansing Township. The Solitaire is on Cedar Hill Road. From the north, take Blackhawk Road south, turn left on Pine Tree Drive, turn right onto Sand Cove Road. Sand Cove becomes Cedar Hill Road. There are many cedar banks in this area ( a couple miles). The one to look for is completely void of all trees except cedars and this cedar bank comes right down to the road.
None listed Mississippi River Lock & Dam 9 North of Harper’s Ferry in Allamakee Co. About 2.5 miles north of Harper’s Ferry along X-52/Great River Rd. turn right, as X-52 curves left, onto Red Oak Rd. Quickly turn right again onto an access road, and follow this about 3/4 mile to a parking area. Tundra Swans - follow Red Oak Rd. (above) upriver about 1.5 miles, and look for a cove where the swans gather.
None listed Pool Slough WMA  
None listed Red Oak Rd. North of Harper’s Ferry in Allamakee Co. About 2.5 miles north of Harper’s Ferry along X-52/Great River Rd. turn right, as X-52 curves left, onto Red Oak Rd. Follow the narrow Red Oak Rd. upriver about 1.5 miles, and look for a cove where the swans gather.
None listed Yellow River SF  
None listed Yellow River SF--Paint Creek Unit  
Appanoose
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None listed Buck Creek Campground, Lake Rathbun In northwest Appanoose Co. One half mile north of the dam, or 0.2 miles south of the marina, on the west side of J5T, turn onto Crappie Circle, which leads to three campgrounds.
None listed Dean A quarter mile West of 300th Ave on 590th St about 50 yards North of the road into the marsh. A map can be found on Iowabirds.org.
None listed Dedication Point At the dam at Lake Rathbun in northwest Appanoose Co. At the south end of the dam (J5T), at the lake’s east end, take Island View Pl., where the Corps of Engineers Information Center is. The first road to the right is Indigo Circle, at the end of which is Dedication Point.
None listed Island View Campground, Lake Rathbun At Lake Rathbun in northwest Appanoose Co. At the south end of the dam (J5T), at the lake’s east end, take Island View Place where the Corps of Engineers Information Center is. Follow this winding road about two miles to the campground entrance. The best lake viewing is at the farthest reach of Ivory Circle, near campsites D-27, D-28.
None listed Pool 8 In the southeast part of the county. On the west side of 300 Ave. between 590th and 600th St.
None listed Rathbun Lake In northwest Appanoose Co. For viewing above the dam, follow Island View Pl. off J5T, at the south end of the dam, where the Corps of Engineers Information Center is. Take the first road to the right, Indigo Circle, to its end at Dedication Point. Also, continue on Island View Place as it curves west, north, and west again, and look for Intaglio Place on your right. Follow Intaglio to the boat ramp at its end. At the north end of the dam, viewing is from the beach area.
None listed Rathbun Lake--South Fork area In northwest Appanoose Co., on the southwest side of the lake. About one mile from the south end of the dam, J5T straightens out going west. Proceed west 4.5 miles from here to 150th Ave., and follow 150th north a little more than three miles to its end at a field. Walk the path going left (west) to the water. Or, to the right, follow the road through the field and then walk to the water.
None listed Sedan Bottoms WMA DEAN POOL (#7): Take Hwy. 202 south out of Moulton two miles to 570th on your right, as 202 curves left. Take 570th two miles west to 300th, and go south on 300th two miles to 590th. Follow 590th west a half mile to the pool. TO BUCKSHOT LAKE (#4): Return east to 300th, and north two miles to 570th. Turn west and Buckshot Lake is soon along here, on the south side. TO SEDAN POOL (#2): Continue on 570th, which now turns north and becomes 290th, about 1.5 miles to 555th. This includes two jogs left along the way, the first one fairly quickly, the second one a mile after this, at 296th--which you do NOT take. Soon after this second jog left, again going north, get onto 555th going west (left). Short of a mile west on 555th, take the diagonal southwest road on your left, 285th. Follow this 1.5 miles to the unmarked, cement parking area on your left, at a bend. The pool is seen out at the treeline; it can be approached on foot.
None listed Sedan Bottoms--Pool 8 DEAN POOL (#7): Take Hwy. 202 south out of Moulton two miles to 570th on your right, as 202 curves left. Take 570th two miles west to 300th, and go south on 300th two miles to 590th. Follow 590th west a half mile to the pool. TO BUCKSHOT LAKE (#4): Return east to 300th, and north two miles to 570th. Turn west and Buckshot Lake is soon along here, on the south side. TO SEDAN POOL (#2): Continue on 570th, which now turns north and becomes 290th, about 1.5 miles to 555th. This includes two jogs left along the way, the first one fairly quickly, the second one a mile after this, at 296th--which you do NOT take. Soon after this second jog left, again going north, get onto 555th going west (left). Short of a mile west on 555th, take the diagonal southwest road on your left, 285th. Follow this 1.5 miles to the unmarked, cement parking area on your left, at a bend. The pool is seen out at the treeline; it can be approached on foot.
None listed Sharon Bluffs SP  
Audubon
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None listed Littlefield County Park  
Benton
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County Benton County Conservation Center The address is 5718 20th Ave Drive, Vinton. It is located North West of Vinton and just West of Rodger's Lake. From Vinton go 2 miles West on US-218N. Turn North on 20th Ave Dr. Go 1.5 miles and the conservation center is on the right.
State Dudgeon Lake W.M.A. In northern Benton Co. From I-380 exit no. 41 at Urbana, take Hwy. 150 west and then south almost ten miles to the entrance on your right (west). Alternately, out of Vinton, take Hwy. 150 north less than two miles to the entrance on your left. Soon into the entrance, around a leftward bend, come to a boat launch and dike. The usual woods walk is to head straight west over the dike. Another long walk begins at the end of the entrance road, at its south end, and skirts the area beginning west and continuing northwest. The beginning of this walk is sometimes shallowly flooded. A .pdf map of the area is found at: www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/wildlife/wmamaps/dudgeon_lake http://www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/organiza/fwb/wildlife/maps/dudgeo~1.pdf
State Dudgeon Lake W.M.A., prairie section From I-380 exit no. 41 at Urbana, take Hwy. 150 west about 8.5 miles, including a turn south, past the airport to 55th St. Dr. (not 55th St. itself). Follow 55th St. Dr. west (right) just under two miles, including a turn south, to a typical DNR posts-and-cable vehicle entrance on your right. Alternately, out of Vinton, take Hwy. 150 north three miles to 55th St. Dr., and then as above.
County Hannen Lake This is well signed and the drive South of Blairstown is nice and has good habitat. The address is 1949 Benton Iowa Rd, Blairstown. Take V-56 South of Blairstown for 1mile. Turn right on 78th Street for 0.5 miles. Turn left on 20th Ave for 2.3 miles. Then turn right on Benton Iowa Road for 0.5 miles. The park is on your right.
None listed Hoefle-Dulin The park address is 5901 27th Ave, Vinton. The access road to the park is low and prone to flooding. I would not plan a visit after a heavy rain or when lowland flooding is present. Just on the South edge of Vinton go East on E-24 2.2 miles. Turn left onto 27th Ave. 27th Ave dead ends in the park.
County Minne Estema The address is 5621 24th Ave Drive, Vinton, Iowa. From Vinton, drive North on Hwy 150 4 miles. Turn left onto 24th Ave Drive and go 2.5 miles. Turn left into the park.
County Rodgers Lake This park is well signed. It is Northwest of Vinton. From Vinton go West 2 miles on US-218N. Turn right onto 20th Ave Drive. Go 1.5 miles and turn right onto 57th Street Trail. The entrance to the park is well marked on your left.
Black Hawk
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None listed Alice Wyth Lake, George Wyth S.P. In Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. The park is along U.S. 218 just east of its meeting with Hwy. 58, on the north edge of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. U.S. 218 is well-marked for finding the park. Once in the park, turn left and follow the road as it skirts the first lake (George Wyth) and continue as far west as possible including eventually a sharp curve leftward, taking you back east. During this curve, look for the sign to Alice Wyth lake on your right. Follow that road to its end.
None listed Beaver Valley Wetlands just northwest of Cedar Falls in Blackhawk Co. The wetland is at the intersection of T-75 and C-67, both seen on the state highway map.
None listed Black Hawk Park  
None listed Cedar Hills Sand Prairie (Nature Conservancy)  
None listed Fisher Lake, George Wyth S.P. In Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. The park is along U.S. 218 just east of its meeting with Hwy. 58, on the north edge of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. U.S. 218 is well-marked for finding the park. Once in the park, turn left and follow the road as it skirts the first lake and continue west until you are paralleling the long, narrow Fisher Lake on your left. There are several parking areas here. Continue west, eventually following a sharp curve leftward, taking you back east. This affords more viewing of Fisher Lake.
None listed George Wyth S.P., Northern Saw-whet Owl In Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. The park is along U.S. 218 just east of its meeting with Hwy. 58, on the north edge of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. U.S. 218 is well-marked for finding the park. Once in the park, turn left and follow the road as it skirts the first lake and continue as far west as possible including eventually a sharp curve leftward, taking you back east. Follow this road to its end at the shelter. Next walk the trail through the birdfeeder area, which is just beyond the shelter from its left side. Take a short left at the crosspath you come to and then a right at the next crosspath, and begin to look for cedars on the left side, some closer, some farther in. The owls have traditionally been in one of these groups along the trail.
None listed George Wyth SP In Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. The park is along U.S. 218 just east of its meeting with Hwy. 58, on the north edge of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. U.S. 218 is well-marked for finding the park. See separate entries for Alice Wyth Lake, Fisher Lake, George Wyth Lake, and "George Wyth S.P., Northern Saw-whet Owl."
None listed George Wyth SP In Waterloo, Black Hawk Co. The park is along U.S. 218 just east of its meeting with Hwy. 58, on the north edge of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area. U.S. 218 is well-marked for finding the park. Upon entering, George Wyth is the first lake in front of you. The road left, which skirts the lake, leads to more viewing spots.
None listed Hartman Reserve--Nature Center In the city of Cedar Falls: Take Rainbow Dr. to Edwards Ave. and turn north. At the intersection with Greenwood Ave, turn east. At the intersection with Reserve Dr, turn north again, and you are at the park.
None listed Hartman Reserve--Prairie Overlook  
None listed Prairie Lakes Park, Cedar Falls  
None listed University of Northern Iowa campus In Cedar Falls, off University Ave.
Boone
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Private Avenue S Pond This pond in Boone County is one mile south of Bjorkboda Marsh (which is actually in Hamilton County), on the east side of S Avenue. Please see Bjorkboda Marsh directions in the gazateer.
County Dickcissel Recreation Area From Highway 30, exit at Highway 17. Area is just north of that intersection on the west side of Highway 17.
Multiple Harrier Marsh WMA This area is located just SE of Ogden along US Highway 30. Turn south on I Ave to traverse the east side of the main tract. Also accessible from US Highway 169 on the west side, south of intersection with US 30 st south edge of Ogden.
County High Trestle Trail Must walk or bike to and from the high trestle from Madrid, 2 miles to the east, or from Woodward, 2.5 miles to the west. Also accessible from parking lot on country graveled road one mile east of the trestle.
State Holst SF From junction of US 30 & US 169 at Ogden, take Boone Co. Hwy P70 north 5.5 mi. and turn right (east) on Co. Hwy. E26. Drive 3 mi. and turn left (north) on Kale Ave. Go 1/4 mi. on Kales, then turn left (west) on 168th Ave. Follow this often muddy and poorly maintained access road to forest gate. Parking space limited to 2 vehicles.
State Ledges SP From Highway 17, go west on Highway E52 three miles to park entrance. Or, from this entrance, turn south on P Avenue, staying on the paved road to a south entrance. Also accessible via a North entrance: take County Highway R28 south 4 miles, from junction with US Highway 30 at the south edge of city of Boone.
Private McHugh Wetlands In northwestern Boone Co., at the Hamilton Co. border, two miles west of Hwy. 17, although there is no road directly west to the marsh from 17. FROM THE SOUTH in Boone Co., take Hwy. 17 north two miles past E-18/130th St. to 110th St. Proceed west one mile on 110th to S Ave., and then one mile north and one mile west to the wetlands. FROM THE NORTH in Hamilton Co., take Hwy. 17 south four miles out of Stanhope to 390th St. Proceed one mile west on 390th to Inkpaduta Rd., and then one mile south and one mile west to the wetlands.
Bremer
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None listed Alcock Co. Park  
None listed Sweet Marsh WMA Sweet Marsh, south entrance, Segments A & B (Martin's Lake), and refuge In northeast Bremer Co. Enter Tripoli from U.S. 61 going east along Hwy. 92. Where 92 turns north in town, continue east for two miles along C-28/170th St. to the marsh's south entrance, on the north side of the road. The first parking area to the right leads to Segment A and its dike, on the east. The farther parking area leads to the refuge, which is the first water on the left; and to Segment B, farther ahead on the right side of the dike. Also see map at: http://www.jccniowa.org/~icbc/sweetmarshpg.html
Buchanan
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County Ham Marsh From Independence in Buchanan County, head north on 5th Ave SE toward 1st St E for 1.0 mile; continue onto IA-150 N/Jamestown Ave and travel 1.1 mi; turn left onto Otterville Blvd and drive 3.2 mi; turn right onto Oak St N and go 0.2 mi; continue onto Henley Ave for 1.7 mi; Turn right and you have arrived.
County Jakway Forest County Park From Aurora in Buchanan County, head south toward Warren St; turn left at the 1st cross street onto Warren St; turn right onto Slater Ave/Union St and continue to follow Slater Ave for 2.1 miles; turn right onto 136th St for 0.4 mile; continue onto Roberts Ave to the park.
Buena Vista
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None listed Buena Vista Co. Park Just south of the town of Peterson: Take US 71 south out of Spencer for about 15 miles until you reach the intersection with State Highway 10. Turn west on 10 and go about 10 miles into Peterson. Continue west through Peterson about a mile to 110th Ave. Turn south on 110th and go another mile to South River Road. This road will travel east and then south for about 4 miles to the park.
State Pickerel Lake Pickerel Lake lies in the extreme northeast corner of Buena Vista county, actually touching Clay county to the North and Pocahontas county to the east. From US 71 (which bisects Buena Vista county North-to-South) in Sioux Rapids, take County Road C13 east about 11 ½ miles.
None listed Storm Lake Cemetery on the north side of Hwy 7 a short mile west from the intersection with Hwy 7. It is on the east side of town and northeast from the lake
Butler
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None listed Big Marsh Wildlife Area In southern Butler Co. Go north on Hwy. 14 out of Parkersburg about five miles to C-51. Take C-51 west three miles to Jay Ave., then north on Jay one mile to 260th St. Follow 260th east into the marsh area. At the east end of 260th, where it turns left, there are dike walks straight ahead (east) and to the right (south). There is also parking for the north-south dike walk off of C-51, just east of the HQ building, 1.5 miles either way from Jay Ave. or from Hwy. 14. SHORT-EARED OWL FIELDS: Drive one mile north on Jay from 260th and where 260th turns right, instead take the B-maintenance road, which starts zig-zagging west and north. When it straightens out and becomes 245th, the DNR parking lot is about one mile west. There are fields the whole length of the B-maintenance road; all those to the south are public, up to roughly across from the parking area; about the first half mile on the north side, going west, is private--generally, look for DNR signs.
None listed Heery Woods SP  
Calhoun
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None listed South Twin Lake From the city of Fort Dodge: Take Highway 20 westbound, and go through Rockwell City. Just west of Rockwell City is Highway 4. Turn north on Highway 4. Continue north until you reach 230th St. Turn east on 230th, and you will be there.
Carroll
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None listed Breda  
None listed Carroll Cemetery  
None listed Carroll Municipal Golf Course  
None listed Dickson Timber County Park  
None listed Hobb's Pit Go 7 miles north of Glidden on N41 and turn east onto Treasure Rd. and go about 1/2 mile east. Treasure Rd is the 1st gravel past the Raccoon River Bridge. When you see the ponds on the north side of road, the BBWD was on the 2nd pond north of the road. There is an opening in the fence here and a deer trail to follow to the north and east (about a 2 minute walk).
None listed Swan Lake SP  
Cass
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County Cold Springs SP  
None listed Evergreen Cemetery Just north on Main St/White Pole Rd outside of Anita.
None listed Lake Anita SP - in northeastern Cass Co. Less than a mile south on Hwy. 148 out of Anita, look for the park entrance on the west side.
None listed Shellberg Quarry at Atlantic On the northwest edge of Atlantic in Cass Co.. The quarry is on the north side of Hwy. 83/2nd St., just west outside of town.
Cedar
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None listed Herbert Hoover NHS  
Cerro Gordo
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None listed Blue-wing Marsh In Cerro Gordo Co., just south of Clear Lake (the lake itself). Near Ventura, take S-14/Balsam Ave. about three miles south from U.S. 18 to 220th St. Go two miles east on 220th where the marsh is at Dogwood Ave.
None listed Clear Lake - Cedar Ave. Access On the western half of the south shore of Clear Lake. Along B-35, 1.5 miles east of Balsam Ave., or 1/2 mile west of Dogwood Ave., take Cedar Ave. about 1/3 mile to the access at the lake. Walking the shore, Farmer's Beach is about 1/4 mile west, and Lone Tree Pt. another 1/4 mile beyond this.
None listed Clear Lake - sandbar The sandbar extends into Clear Lake from McIntosh Woods S.P.
None listed Clear Lake (Cerro Gordo Co., IA) The eastern half of Clear Lake is surrounded by the city of Clear Lake, in western Cerro Gordo County. At the western edge sits the city of Ventura.
City Clear Lake City Park Downtown Clear Lake.
County Lime Creek Conservation Area - at the north edge of Mason City in Cerro Gordo Co. Take U.S. 65 north and look for signs to the park on the east.
County Lime Creek Nature Center At the Lime Creek Conservation Area on the north side of Mason City. Take U.S. 65 north.
County Mallard Marsh In the northwest corner of Cerro Gordo Co. From I-35 take B-20 west 7.5 miles to S-14/Balsam Ave. 1.5 miles north on S-14 turn east on 325th St. to the marsh parking area shortly on your left.
State McIntosh Wildlife Area - on the western north shore of Clear Lake in Cerro Gordo Co. A little more than five miles west along U.S. 18 from I-35, take Cardinal Ave. south one half mile to Lake St. and look for the sign to the area.
None listed McIntosh Woods SP From the city of Clear Lake, take North Shore Drive west about 3 miles.
City Parker's Woods In Mason City, Cerro Gordo Co. One half mile north of U.S. 18 along U.S. 65, go west on 1st St. NW just past the railroad yard to Jackson Ave. and the park.
None listed Shellrock Greenbelt In Cerro Gordo Co. east of Mason City. Take Hwy. 122 east about 2.5 miles past the edge of Mason City to Warbler, the next road after Vine. Take Warbler 2.5 miles north to 290th and look for the parking area.
None listed Spring Park Just north outside Mason City in Cerro Gordo Co. Follow U.S. 65 north out of town, and past Lime Creek Conservation Area look for B-20/300th St. to the right (east). Go east on B-20 and quickly come to Spring Park on your right.
None listed Teal Basin In the northwest corner of Cerro Gordo Co., 5.5 miles west of I-35 along B-20.
None listed Ventura Marsh WMA At the far west end of Clear Lake. Viewing is from S-14/Main St., one half mile south of U.S. 18 at Ventura.
None listed Winnebago River just southeast of Mason City in Cerro Gordo Co. Birch Dr. is two miles east of U.S. 65 along Hwy. 122 out of Mason City, on the south side of the road.
None listed Zirbel Slough WMA In central Cerro Gordo Co. Two miles south of U.S. 18, take the B-43 exit off I-35 and go two miles west to Hwy. 107. Go south one mile on 107 to 200th St., and west on 200th one mile to the slough, past Heather Ave.
Cherokee
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None listed Oak Hill Cemetery - in central Cherokee Co., just west of Cherokee on C-38 (Main St. in town).
Chickasaw
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County Cedar Lake On north side of city of Nashua.
None listed Split Rock County Park Pembroke and 310th Street.
County Twin Ponds 240th street (B54) and Hickory.
Clarke
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None listed Turkey Ridge Wildlife Area  
Clay
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None listed Barringer Slough South west of Lost Island Lake. From the town of Spencer, take US Highway 18 east to County Rd 18. Turn north on N18 about 2 miles, and the slough was on the west side.
None listed Burr Area in southern Clay Co. From the intersection of U.S. 71 and Hwy. 10, just north of the Buena Vista. Co. border, take 500th east a little under three miles to the parking area.
None listed Dan Greene Slough - in northeastern Clay Co. Two miles east of Dickens along U.S. 18, take N-14 north six miles to B-17. Go west 1.5 miles on B-17 to the slough.
None listed Dewey's Pasture In northeastern Clay Co. About half a mile west of Ruthven (Palo Alto Co.) along U.S. 18, take N-18 north 4.5 miles into the complex.
None listed Dewey's Pasture WMA--Smith's Slough In northeastern Clay Co. Four miles north on N-18 from U.S. 18, Smith's Slough is on the west side. An access road going west off N-18, just north of Mud Lake to the east, skirts the north and west sides of the slough.
None listed Mud Lake (Clay Co.)  
None listed Trumbull Lake - in northeastern Clay Co. 3.5 miles west along U.S. 18 out of Ruthven, take N-14 about four miles north to 310th. Follow 310th east (right) more than one half mile to a T-intersection at the lake. The road here parallels the lake shore in either direction about one half mile.
Clayton
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None listed Frenchtown County Park  
None listed Mississippi River Lock & Dam 10  
Clinton
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Federal - COE Bulger's Hollow At Mississippi River Pool No. 13 in Clinton Co. The entrance road to the park is north 5-6 miles along U.S. 67 from Hwy. 136 in Clinton, on the east side.
None listed Goose Lake WMA - just west outside the town of Goose Lake in northern Clinton Co. Two miles west of town, go north on 350th less than one half mile to the entrance road on your right, and walk the dike which bisects the lake.
None listed Mississippi River -- L&D 13 Just north of Clinton in Clinton Co. On the Illinois side, look for the entrance road to Lock and Dam No. 13 about three miles north of Fulton along Ill. Hwy. 84. Viewing for below the dam will be obvious. It is also very easy to scope above the dam from a second parking area there.
Crawford
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None listed Yellow Smoke Park  
Dallas
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Private 250th St. Sod Farm 1 mile south and 2 miles east of Dallas Center along T Avenue and 250th Street,
Private Beaver Bottoms Wetland (restricted)  
State Beaver Lake From Dexter, 1.5 miles north on Del Rio Road (east edge of Dexter).
County Big Bend Area West of Redfield, Iowa Go north from Redfield on County Road P46 for ½ mile to the junction with Linden Road. Turn west (left) on Linden Road and proceed west for 2 miles to the junction with Cadet Ct. (This is a “Y” intersection with the left leg of the “Y” being Cadet Ct.). Follow Cadet Ct. the short distance to the parking lot which is at the end of the road on the right.
None listed Brenton Arboretum South of Dallas Center on R16 then west on Palo Cir/260th St for 1.3 miles
None listed Brenton Slough Just south of Granger in northeast Dallas Co. At the south edge of Granger, take Xavier Rd. about two miles south from Hwy. 141, past 200th St., to the water on both sides of the road. The west side is usually more productive.
None listed Crellin WLA Travel west from Minburn on County Road F31 and cross the North Raccoon River. The first intersection west of the river is with Lexington Road. Turn south (left) on Lexington Road and proceed about one mile to the entry sign.
Other Public Dale Maffitt Reservoir (Dallas Co.) From Highway 5 in southwest Des Moines, take the exit to Maffitt Lake Road and proceed west 1.5 miles to the reservoir and park.
County Glissman Conservation Area Glissman Conservation Area 32185 Panther Creek Road Adel, IA From Adel, go west on County Road F60, about three miles to the junction with Panther Creek Road. Turn south on Panther Creek Road and proceed to a “T” intersection. Turn left at this intersection to stay on Panther Creek Road. After the left turn, the road will go east for about ¼ mile and then it bends back to the right. Watch for the entrance to the area which will be on the west (right) side of the road, just before the road bends to the east.
Private Green Acres sod farm SE of Dallas Center. On the east side of S Avenue just south of 260th Street. The property is bisected by the Raccoon River Valley bike trail.
County Hanging Rock Park The park is located in the southwest part of the town of Redfield.
Private Ingersoll Slough On the west side of Xavier Ave. across from Brenton Slough. This is just to the south and west of Granger. From Highway 141, turn left on Xavier and proceed about 1.5 miles to a bridge that crosses Beaver Creek. Brenton Slough is on the east side and Ingersoll Slough is on the west side.
None listed Kuehn Conservation Area From I-80, take the Earlham exit (Exit 104) and proceed north to I Ave. Stay northbound for just over a mile to a four-way stop intersection. Turn west (left) onto Bear Creek Rd. Follow Bear Creek Rd. for 1/2 mile. The road will turn north, and become Houston Trail. Houston Trail dead-ends at the park. Coming from County Rd. F60, between Adel and Redfield, turn south on H Ave., about 5 1/2 miles west of Adel (or two miles east of Redfield). Proceed on H Ave. for about four miles to the junction with Bear Creek Rd. Turn east (left) onto Bear Creek Rd. and proceed 1/2 mile to junction with Houston Trail. This is a "T" intersection. Turn north (left) at the "T" and go about 1 3/4 mile to the park.
Private Marsh Farm Wetland (private property) From highway 44, go north on R30 one mile and turn left (west) on 230th 1/4 mile.. The wetland is on the north side of the road.
None listed Middle Raccoon River PWA - Knapp Tract From Linden (southwest Dallas County), go 1/2 mile east on Highway F51 to Beaumont Avenue, then south 2 miles to parking lot.
County North Raccoon River WA - Snyder Tract This area is located about two miles southwest of Minburn. It is reached by going west of Minburn on County Road F31. Just west of the North Raccoon River bridge, a driveway on the south side of County Road F31 leads to a parking area. The wildlife refuge is found on the west side of Lexington Lane near the south end of the public hunting area.
State Saylorville WLA From Woodward, in northeast Dallas County, go one mile east on Highway 210, then south on U Avenue 3/4 mile, then east on 130th Court for 2 miles where County road support ends. The next 2-3 miles follow the Des Moines River to 145th Lane.
County South Raccoon River Access From Redfield, in southwest Dallas County, go south on Highway F60 one mile to Delta Circle. Go west 3/4 mile to the area.
County Voas Nature Area From the town of Minburn, take Baker St, to 187th Rd west about 2 miles. The nature area is on the right.
Davis
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None listed Eldon WA From Eldon, take J12 about 1.5 miles SW; turn left onto J15 and follow it SW about 1.25 miles; turn left on Tulip Ave. and drive S about 1.25 miles; turn left on Venus Tr. and drive SE about 1 mile.
None listed Lake Fisher Park  
None listed Lake Wapello SP From Bloomfield, take Highway 63 north about 5 miles to the intersection with Highway 273. Turn west on 273 and go about 10 miles to Doe Ave and turn north. The park is about 2 miles to the north on this road.
None listed McGowen RA Start Point:
Decatur
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City Home Pond Located on the North West corner of Lamoni, Take North Mulberry off of West Main three blocks. The road circles the treatment plant, there are areas to pull off and park along this circle.
City Lake LaShane From Lamoni continue on West Main West out of town(turns into co. hwy J-55). Turn North on Elk Chapel road, go 1 mile to 280thst. turn left or West, in about 1/2 mile the road crosses the lake. You can see most of the water from this road. Just on the west side of the bridge is a small unmarked parking area that is not graveled(if wet, park along the road). There is a mowed trail starting at the gate on the South side of the parking area, this takes you around the lake and through the pine trees. DO NOT USE THIS TRAIL DURING HUNTING SEASON. You can also walk North along the lake to the marshy area but there is no trail.
City Lamoni Bike Trail The best place to bird is on the West end. from I-35 exit 4, go about 2 miles West. This will take you through Lamoni, as you go West out of town there will be a historical site called Liberty Hall. The trail starts from the parking lot. This trail goes around Home Pond and some smaller farm ponds. To start at the East end, from exit 4 turn South beside the Kum-and-go station on to Spruce. Go two blocks to E. second street, turn right or West to the parking lot. this end of the trail follows an abandoned railroad bed.
City Lamoni Sewage Lagoons I-35 south to exit 4 (Lamoni), then turn right (west). Go about 3 miles and turn left on S. Smith St. Go one mile and turn right on gravel road next to golf course. 1/2 mile will be sewer lagoons.
County Little River RA Exit 12 from I-35. Go east on Highway 2 - towards Leon. About 3.25 miles or so, Lakeview Road will be on the left. Lakeview Road takes you along the West side of the lake. There is only one good spot to view the water from this side, and that is at the West end of the dam. The next left, Little River Lake Road, actually goes around to several spots closer to the water, with restrooms, parking and lake access. Taking this road north, the road does a hard right turning into NW 18th st. Follow this for a mile or so and then turn left on 235 th Ave to go the camping and swimming area.
State Nine Eagles SP From Lamoni, take Highway 69 east about 4 miles until you get to Dale Miller Road. Turn south and go about 5 miles.
County Slip Bluff County Park From Interstate 35 take the Lamoni exit and go west to the first turn back north (163rd Ave). Go north to a T-intersection with 160th st. Turn right (east) crossing the Interstate. Once you are across the highway, watch for the first turn back north which will be Slip Bluff Rd. This takes you into the park.
Delaware
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State Backbone State Park The address is 1282 120th Street, Strawberry Point. The park has more than one entrance, but directions to the main entrance are as follows. From Strawberry Point go South on HWY 3 for 2 miles. Turn right onto W69 (Forestville Rd) and go 4 miles. This becomes 140th Ave. Turn right onto 129th Street and this will take you into the park. From Manchester go North on IA-13 for 6miles. Turn left onto C 64 (150th St) and go 3miles. Turn right onto Firefly Rd and go 1 mile. Turn left onto 129th St and this will take you into the park.
County Bailey's Ford Park This park is located 3 miles Southeast of Manchester. The address is 2379 Jefferson Road, Manchester. From Manchester, take East Main Street East 0.5miles to X21 (also known as Bailey Dr). Turn right onto X21 for 1 mile. Then follow it to the South and it becomes Jefferson Road. Go 3 miles and Bailey's Ford Park is on your right. The signs to the park are clear.
State Buffalo Creek Wildlife Area From Ryan go south on HWY 13 2.5 miles. Turn right and go 4 miles West on 325th St. to 120th St. You will see a poorly maintained parking lot and this gives access to the East side. For access to the West Unit, just North of the intersection of County Rd W63 and 325th St there is a signed but poorly visible entrance to the parking lot on the East side of the highway.
County Fountain Springs NRA This park is also known as Holbert Park. It is located 2.5 miles Northeast of Greeley. The address is 2511 Oak Road, Greeley. From Greeley, take North Front Street North. There is a slight bend to the East and Front Street becomes Nature Road. Drive 1 mile and turn right onto Oak Road. You will arrive at the park in about 1.5 miles.
County Silver Lake This park is located at the SE corner of the town of Delhi. From the middle of Delhi, go to Hwy 38. Turn South on Lake Street and this will take you into the park.
County Turtle Creek Park The address is 2124 267th Street, Manchester. From Manchester, take X21 (Jefferson Rd) Southeast 7 miles. Turn left onto 267th St and go 1.6 miles. The park is on your right.
Des Moines
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None listed Blackhawk Bottoms WMA Take Mason Road in Burlington to the east left around the north end of the airport. This is the last stoplight on HWY 61 at the south end of Burlington, just past Culvers and Buffalo Wild Wings if you are coming from the north the first stop light if you are coming from the south Follow this around the airport to Summer St. the next light, and turn south right. Follow Summer St. south a few miles until you see a sign for Cessford Quarry turn east left there and follow it over the RR tracks, looking for the parking lot designated Blackhawk Bottoms. Follow the waking path into the field where you will encounter plenty of water.
None listed Casey Barrow Landing North of Burlington in Des Moines Co. FROM THE SOUTH: Just north of the 9-mile marker on Hwy. 99, or 1.5 miles north of Stony Hollow Rd./155th St., take 170th St. east. Proceed two miles to 40th Ave., then one mile north on 40th to 180th St., and finally two miles east on 180th to the landing. FROM THE NORTH: 170th St. is 3.5 miles south of Kingston along Hwy. 99, then as above.
None listed Geode State Park From Mt. Pleasant: Take US Highway 218 south to county road J20. Take J20 eastbound, and the road goes through the park.
None listed Huron Bottoms This area is at the intersection of County Rd 99 and Pumping Station Rd.
None listed Mississippi River Pool No. 19, "Colusa elevator" In eastern Lee County. Three miles either north of Ft. Madison or south of Wever, take J-50/190th St. east from U.S. 61 for 4.5 miles to X-50/Green Bay Rd. Proceed south (right) on Green Bay Rd. a little more than two miles, just past the grain elevator, and look for open water. Note that the road ends as a private drive. Shortly before the elevator also see Green Bay Access.
Dickinson
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State Big Spirit Lake Immediately north of the City of Spirit Lake, in northern Dickinson County. Accessible from all sides by paved roads, state parks, wildlife areas and boat launch sites.
State Buffalo Run Nn the west shore of Spirit Lake in northern Dickinson Co. This point is about three miles north on Hwy. 276 from the south end of the lake, or 1.5 miles south on 276 from Jackson Co. Rd. 2 (Minn.), and adjacent to East Hottes Lake.
Multiple Cayler Prairie State Preserve In northwestern Dickinson Co. Take IA Hwy 9 west 3.5 miles from intersection with IA Hwy 86, then turn south on 170th Ave. and go 2 mi. south on gravel road to parking lot on west side of preserve. OR, from the west side of West Okoboji Lake, take A-22 west from Hwy. 86, 3.5 miles to 170th Ave. Go north on 170th a little more than 1.5 miles to the parking area on the right, after 180th St. (both streets and avenues are numbered in Dickinson). A .pdf map of Cayler Prairie is found at: http://www.state.ia.us/government/dnr/organiza/fwb/wildlife/maps/cayler~1.pdf
Multiple Christopherson Slough From the town of Estherville, take Highway 9 west to the town of Superior. In Superior, turn north on 1st St. 1st St heads out of town and turns to the right briefly before becoming 330th Ave northbound. Take 330th Ave north to the slough.
Multiple Diamond Lake WMA Diamond Lake is located just below the Minnesota border, west of Spirit Lake. From City of Spirit Lake, take IA Hwy 9 west to intersection with IA Hwy 86. Take hwy 86 north 3.5 miles to Diamond Lake public entrance road on west side of highway. OR, from Milford take US Hwy 71 north one mile, then take highway 86 west and proceed around west side West Okoboji. Continue north from intersection with Hwy 9 until reaching Diamond Lake entrance.
County Dickinson County Nature Center From US Hwy 71, between cities of Okoboji and Spirit Lake, take paved 170th Street 1/2 mile west to nature center entrance on south side of road.
Multiple Dugout Creek Wildlife Area Just south of Lake Park (city) in northwest Dickinson Co., immediately south of Hwy. 9 along M-27, on the east side. for best site access and viewing, take 140th Ave. south from IA Hwy 9, 1 mile east of Lake Park turnoff on M27. Travel 1 mile south on gravel to see marsh in Dugout Creek valley, then continue 1/2 mile to parking area along road which bisects the wetland.
State E. Okoboji Lake From the town of Estherville: Take state Highway 9 west to the town of Superior. Continue west through Superior, and Highway 9 and US 71 merge. Take 9/71 into the town of Spirit Lake. To view the north end of the lake, turn north at the intersection of 71/9 and Hill Ave. Continue north on Hill Ave. until it turns into Orleans Pkwy. Continue north until you hit a T-intersection with South Lake Shore Dr. (M-49) Take a right at the T-intersection until you reach the intersection with M-56. Take a right on M-56, and you can view much of the north end of the lake from this road.
Private Freda Haffner Kettlehole State Preserve If you are in Spirit Lake, go west to the Vick's Corner intersection of Hwys. 9 and 86. Turn south on Hwy 86. Watch for the Oh Shucks bait store. Directly across is the gravel road 210th st. Turn right on the gravel road, travelling 2 mi. west toward the Kettle Hole
State Grovers Lake (Iowa) At the Minnesota border in northern Dickinson Co. Near the north end of West Okoboji Lake, take Hwy. 86 north from Hwy. 9 five miles to 100th St., at the Minnesota border. Turn right (east) on 100th and follow this as it soon curves south and becomes 215th Ave. The boat ramp and parking area for the lake are about half a mile south on the east side. Also, continue following gravel road south and east until reaching another parking lot, for walk-in access to the enire area.
State Hales Slough WMA 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.
State Iowa Lakeside Laboratory From the interrsection with U.S. 71 just north of Milford, turn west on IA Highway 86, following it about 5 miles west and north until arriving at Lakeside Lab along the east side of the highway, OR take IA highway 86 south from its intersection with IA High 9 near the NW corner of West Okoboji Lake.
State Kettleson Hogsback WMA While there are many accesses to this sprawling complex, best access is via the main entrance road to the area and wildlife unit headquarters. From IA Highway 9, take the main street of downtown Spirit Lake (Hill Ave.) and follow it north around the NE side of East Okoboji Lake to the T-intersection on the south shore of Big Spirit Lake. Then turn left and follow Co. Hwy. M-49 around the SW side of Big Spirit Lake about 2.5 mi. until reaching 125th Street (across from Marble Beach State Park. Turn west on 125th and go about 1 mi. until reach Kettleson Hogsback entrance sign and road on north side. Follow entrance road into wildlife area headquarters and multiple parking areas.
None listed Krummen Tract, Spring Run Wetland Complex From north end of downtown Milford, take A-34 (a.k.a. 220th St.) east two miles from U.S. 71, to 240th Ave. Turn north on 240th and continue 1 1/2 mi. north. Tract is on west side of road.
None listed Lair Tract, Spring Run Wetland Complex Northeast of Milford in northeast Dickinson Co. Out of Milford, take A-34 five miles east from U.S. 71 to 270th Ave. Proceed north on 270th two miles to 200th St., and continue north 3/4 mile to the parking area on the west side, at the only deciduous woodlot.
State Marble Beach SP From downtown Spirit Lake, follow the main street north, winding around the NW side of East Okoboji Lake. Turn west on Co. Highway M-49 at the T-intersection on south shore of Big Spirit Lake. Continue west and north to the entrance of Marble Beach RA on the east side of M-49.
Private Martha Yarns Memorial Beach On the east side of Spirit Lake in northern Dickinson Co. Take Hwy. 327 about four miles north from Orleans to 110th St. A few hundred yards further, on the left, is Martha Yarns Dr., and a sign for the beach. Property above ordinary high water mark is all privately owned. Birders should stay on the roadwhile viewing birds on the lake and not try crossing private properties to reach the beach.
State McBreen Marsh From the intersection of Iowa Highways 9 and 86, travel 3 mi. north on 86, then turn east on 120th street. Go 3/4 mi to parking lot on north side of road.
State Mini-Wakan SP Follow Co. Hwy. M-49 north along the west side of Big Spirit Lake. On reaching the Minnesota state line, turn east on paved road (100th St). Continue across "the Grade" and look for state park entrance sign on S side of road immediately after crossing.
Private Sandbar Slough From the DNR Fish Hatchery on the South shore of Big Spirit Lake, go east to junction with Co. Hwy. M-56, then turn north and travel about 3 miles to the slough on the east side of the highway.
State Smith’s Bay The eastern lobe of West Okoboji Lake in northern Dickinson Co. One viewing point is near the U.S. 71 bridge at the north edge of the city of Arnolds Park.
None listed Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery - at the east end of the isthmus (Hwy. 327), which is just north of the town of Spirit Lake, between East Okoboji Lake and Spirit Lake in northern Dickinson Co.
None listed Spirit Lake--The Grade (Iowa) "The grade" - at the western end of the north shore of Spirit Lake in northern Dickinson Co. Just east of Hwy. 276 along Jackson Co. Rd. 2 (Minn.), check the small bay and the rock jetty.
Multiple Spring Run Wetland Complex Northeast of Milford in northeast Dickinson Co. (See also separate listings for Bartley Tract, Krummen Tract, Prairie Lake, Reiter-Lair W.A., and Wolthius Tract, all sub-portions of Spring Run, elsewhere on this website). The original core area of 950 acres is most easily reached as follows: from main downtown intersection with Hill Ave. in City of Spirit Lake, take IA Hwy 9 & US 71 east about 4 miles to reach 280th Ave. Turn south on 280th and travel 3 miles to reach the NE corner of the historic core area.
Private Stony Lake 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.
None listed Stover Tract, Spring Run Wetland Complex Northeast of Milford in northeast Dickinson Co. Out of Milford, take A-34 east four miles to M-56/260th Ave. Proceed north on M-56 three miles to 190th St., and continue north 1/4 mile to the parking area on the west side of the road.
State Trickle Slough WMA From the intersection with Hwy (9 & 71 about 1.5 miles east of downtown Spirit Lake, turn north on Co. Highway M-56. Follow this as it winds north approximatly 5 1/2 mi. until reaching a curve west on the IA/MN state line. Continue 1/8 mi. west; Trickle Slough is on south side of road.
State W. Okoboji Lake From the town of Estherville: Take state Highway 9 west to the town of Superior. Then take US Highway 71 westbound. Stay on 71 until you get to the town of Spirit Lake. Once in town, turn south on 71, and continue to the town of Arnold's Park. Go through Arnold's Park, and past the Emerald Hills Golf club. You will soon see Okoboji Blvd. to your right. Take a right on Okoboji Blvd. and that will take you along the entire south end of the lake.
Multiple Welch Lake WMA Take IA Hwy 86 north from junction with Hwy 9, near NW corner of West Okoboji Lake. State and fedearl lands that comprise this approximately 1,100-acre complex are immediately adjacent on east side of 86. Continue north 2 miles, and most lands on both sides of highway are all part of the complex.
State Wolthius Tract, South, Spring Run Wetland Complex Northeast of Milford in northeast Dickinson Co. Out of Milford, take A-34 east three miles from U.S. 71, to 250th Ave. Proceed north on 250th two miles to a sharp left turn, 202nd St. The tract is on the south side along 202nd, just after the turn, past the Krummen Tract parking area.
Dubuque
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City Bee Branch Pond (16th St Ret B) Kerper Blvd. exit, Hwy 151. Turn west onto 16th St and park in the Kwik Stop lot.
Federal - USFWS Deere Dike 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.
None listed Dubuque Arboretum  
None listed Eagle Point Park  
City FDR Park The site lies southwest of the city of Dubuque. From US Hwy 20 at Center Grove, take Cedar Cross Road south for 1.4 miles, then turn right (west) on North Cascade Rd. Follow North Cascade Rd. for another 1.4 miles until you see the Storybook Zoo on the right. Do not enter the parking lot of the Storybook Zoo; rather, follow the gravel road counterclockwise around the perimeter of the property until you come to a small parking area and gate. Park here and follow the road beyond the gate to access the many trails in this park.
None listed Heritage trail  
Private Linwood Cemetery Take E. 22nd St. and turn left on Windsor Avenue; after a half mile, the cemetery is on the right. This is a private cemetery, so park along Windsor Ave. and walk in.
None listed Lower Swiss Valley Park  
State Mines of Spain SRA Directions to the interpretive center, where you can pick up a map of the park: From city center, take US Hwy 52/60/151 south to Key West. Turn left on US 52 south (toward Bellevue), then immediately take the next left on to Bellevue Heights Rd. Follow this road appx. 0.5 miles to the parking lot of the interpretive center (on the left).
None listed Mississippi River Lock & Dam 11 From Hwy 151, take the Kerper Blvd. exit and follow Kerper Blvd. north to its end and turn right either on Hawthorne St. or Lincoln Ave, which will connect you with Volunteer Dr. This road runs north and south along the river and provides opportunities to park along the way to scan the river.
None listed Mud Lake Take Central Avenue north out of Dubuque, where it becomes Highway 52/3. Bear right onto C9Y at the village of Sageville and turn right onto Mud Lake Road just after you pass Sageville Elemetary School on the right. Follow Mud Lake Road to its end (about 3.6 miles) and the entrance to the park.
County Swiss Valley Nature Preserve From city center, take US Route 20 (Dodge Street) west out of town. From the junction with the Northwest Arterial (Highway 32), follow Route 20 west for 4.3 miles and turn left onto Swiss Valley Road. Follow Swiss Valley Road for 2.3 miles and then make a sharp right turn into the entrance to the park. There is an interpretive center here with trail maps and exhibits. Numerous trails lead you through upland forest and prairie habitats.
None listed White Pine Hollow SP Take Highway 52/3 north out of Dubuque and proceed about 26 miles to the village of Luxemburg. At Luxemburg, turn right (north) onto Highway 52, proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Lake Road. Follow Lake Road for 1.2 miles to a small parking area on the left. Park here and hike the path through the preserve. Alternate access: At Luxemburg, continue west on Highway 3 for 2 miles and turn right onto White Pine Lane. Follow this road to its end and a small parking area. Trail access is limited here.
Emmet
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None listed High Lake WMA  
None listed Twelve Mile Lake In the southwest corner of Emmet Co. Two miles south of Wallingford along Hwy. 4, take 250th St. west 4.5 miles to the lake.
None listed W Swan Lake North access: From Estherville, east on highway 9 about 8 miles to 470th Ave, then south 2 miles to 190th St, east again very briefly to the first gravel south into the lake. South access: From Estherville, south on highway 4 about 2 1/2 miles to 200th St, then east 2 miles to the "T". Continue south about 1+ miles to A33, then straight east 2 - 3 miles to the gravel north into the lake.
Fayette
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State Echo Valley State Park From West Union head SE on Echo Valley Rd ~2 miles.
None listed Volga River RA  
Floyd
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None listed Cedar River in Charles City  
State Floyd Co. Fossil & Prairie Center 1 mile west of Rockford on B47 (215th Street).
State Idlewild County Park West side (county): From Floyd, take Quarry Road north 2 miles. East side (state): From Floyd, take U.S. 218 north 3 miles to 130th Street, then west 1 mile to Idlewild.
County Mather's Woods Southeast side of Nora Springs. Access is off Cameo.
State Restoration Marsh On the west side of Quail, at 115th Street.
County Tosanak Recreation Area Go 1.5 miles NW of Marble Rock on T26/ Glass Rd. Take a left to stay on Glass Rd and go about .1 mile to 2543 Glass Rd./ Glass Place
County Wentlands Woods Go North of the town of Floyd on Hwy. 218 for about a half mile. Turn right, east, on County Road T64 and go 1.1 miles. Turn left, north, on Quail Ave. The park will be on your right in less than a half mile.
Franklin
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State Beeds Lake SP Start Point: Intersection of IA 3 and US 65 in Hampton. Head EAST 2 miles on IA 3 to Nettle Ave. Turn right (NORTH) and proceed 1.8 miles to park entrance.
State Buffalo Basins WMA Start Point: South edge of Meservy on CR S14. Proceed SOUTH on S14 for 3 miles. The marsh will be on your left (EAST) and there should be a parking area--though poorly marked.
State Coulter Marsh Start Point: Intersection of I-35 and IA 3. Go 2 miles WEST to Dogwood Ave. Turn left (SOUTH) and proceed 2.2 miles. The area is on your left (EAST) and extended east and north. There is parking along the gravel road.
Private Geneva Gravel Pit From Geneva go NORTH on CR S56 for about 1.5 miles. Turn left (WEST) on 120th Street. Proceed 1/2 mile to gravel pit on the NORTH side of the road.
City Hampton Cemetery The cemetery at Hampton is to the north on Highway 65 about a block south of the Casey's on the northern end of Hampton. It is located east of the highway and is an old established cemetery with lots of very old pines. Parking is available along the cemetery roads.
County Interstate Lake Start point: Intersection of I-35 and IA 3. Proceed WEST on IA 3 1 miles. At Eagle Ave turn left (SOUTH) and proceed 1 mile. Interstate Lake will be on your left.
County Maynes Grove Start point: Intersection of IA 3 and US 65. Head straight SOUTH on US 65 for 4.5 miles. Park entrance will be on you right (WEST) side.
City Prairie Bridges City Park Start Point: Intersection of CR S56 and IA 57 on the north side of town. Proceed .2 mile NORTH to the FIRST entrance to the park (campground area). Lots of trees. The SECOND is .3 miles further NORTH and again the entrance is on you your left (WEST) side. This part of the park is outstanding with numerous ponds, trees, and open areas.
County WKW County Park Start Point: Intersection of IA 3 and US 65 in Hampton. Head NORTH 2.3 miles on US 65 to C31/170th Street. Turn right (EAST) and proceed 1 mile to Quail Ave. Turn right (SOUTH) and proceed .1 miles on Quail Ave. Park will be on your left (EAST).
Fremont
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None listed Chuck-will's-widows near Waubonsie S.P. A traditional spot for CWWi. At the northwest edge of Waubonsie S.P. in southwest Fremont Co. is the intersection of Hwy. 2 and L-44/Bluff Rd. Proceed north on L-44 slightly over one mile to 270th Ave. on your right. Take 270th, and after about 1/4 mile it bends strongly left. You will see a conspicuous, large new house up on a hillside overlooking a sloping field alongside the road. Park along here at dusk and listen.
None listed Copeland Bend WMA take 200th Street west from I-29 to 175th Avenue. Turn south on 175th Ave. to 210th Street and turn west. Take 210th St. west until you reach the levee. Drive over the levee and there is a parking area (in poor condition).
None listed Forney Lake WMA In the northwest corner of Fremont Co., take the Tabor exit (J-10) going east off of I-29. Almost immediatley turn south on Western Ave., just under three miles to 135th St. going east. 135th runs close along the south shore of Forney Lake, and the water is easily scoped. If you continue east, the first crossroad at the end of the lake is L-44/Bluff Rd. Turning north, there are two parking areas along L-44 at the east end of the wetland.
Federal - COE Frazer's Bend From Highway I-29, exit at Highway 2 and go east 1 mile to 225th Avenue. Go south and southeast on 225th Avenue, crossing over I-29 about 4 miles to 290th Street. Go west on 290th Street 1/2 mile to Frazer's Bend.
None listed Green Hollow WMA To get to Green Hollow WA go east out of Thurman, turn north at Plum Creek Road (J18) go maybe a mile and turn north on Cemetery Road. the road will turn west and then back to the north , this is where you should start to listen for the Chucks. Green hollow is on the west side of the road about one mile down the road.
None listed Manti Park  
None listed Riverton WMA From Shennandoah, take westbound Highway 2 to county road L-68 and turn south. This will take you to the east end of the WMA. Stay on L-68, and drive through the town of Riverton. In Riverton, turn west on County Road J-46. Just west of town is the south end of the WMA.
None listed Riverton WMA--North Unit From Shennandoah, take westbound Highway 2 to county road L-68 and turn south. This will take you to the east end of the WMA. Stay on L-68, and drive through the town of Riverton. In Riverton, turn west on County Road J-46. Just west of town is the south end of the WMA.
None listed Riverton WMA--South Unit From Shennandoah, take westbound Highway 2 to county road L-68 and turn south. This will take you to the east end of the WMA. Stay on L-68, and drive through the town of Riverton. In Riverton, turn west on County Road J-46. Just west of town is the south end of the WMA.
None listed Secret Lake In southwestern Fremont Co. Take Hwy. 2 east from I-29 for 2.5 miles to 240th Ave., a dirt road. Proceed north on 240th two miles to Secret Lake. There's no approach to the lake not involving dirt roads.
None listed Sheldon Basin In western Fremont Co. Take the Percival/J-26 exit off I-29, and go east on J-26 (200th St.) for 2.5 miles to 220th Ave., a dirt road. The Sheldon Basin area is about one mile south on 220th, near 210th St. To avoid the dirt road, off I-29 instead go south through Percival two miles, along 195th Ave., to 220th St. Go east on 220th St. a little more than two miles to 220th Ave., and then north one mile.
None listed Waubonsie Access WMA From the town of Riverton, take Highway 2 west about 10 miles.
None listed Waubonsie SP  
Greene
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County Adkins Bridge Access From Jefferson, south on Highway 4 five miles to Highway E57. Then east five miles to S Avenue. Then south 1/4 mile to parking lot.
State Dunbar Slough WMA In western Greene Co. From U.S. 30, take Hwy. 25 three miles south through Scranton to E-53/250th St. Take E-53 west three miles to the slough. Additional area access available by continuing west on Highway E53 to Highway N58, then south two miles to 270th Street, then east one mile, then north on B Avenue. Also, south on B Avenue two miles to Highway E57.
None listed Goose Lake WMA From the town of Jefferson, take Highway 4 north out of town about 6 miles until you reach the intersection with 170th St. Turn west on 170th and the lake is about a mile.
State Snake Creek Marsh WMA From Rippey, go north on Highway P46 1, 2, and 3 miles. Roads going east traverse the area.
County Spring Lake Park From Jefferson, go east on Highway 30 four miles to Highway P33, then 2.5 miles north to 195th street, then 1/2 mile to entrance.
None listed Squirrel Hollow Park From Jefferson, go 3 miles east on Highwayh E53, then four miles south on Highway P30, and one mile south on Redwood Avenue.
Grundy
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None listed Grundy County Lake  
None listed Wolf Creek Co. Park To find Wolf Creek Recreational Area from Hwy 20 follow 14 south through Grundy Center. Two miles west of Grundy Center turn left (south) onto T29 (K Ave) to Beaman. At the north edge of Beaman turn left onto 330th Street, go two miles on gravel and turn right onto M Ave. Wolf Creek is 1/2 mile south on the right side.
Guthrie
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State Bays Branch WMA About 3 miles northeast of Panora. From Panora. Take Highway 4 north to 200th St. Turn east and go about 2 miles to the lake.
State Elk Grove WMA In northwest Guthrie Co. Northwest of Guthrie Center, follow F-32, seen on the Iowa highway map, six miles west from N-70 to Dogwood Ave. There is a parking area just north at Dogwood's first bend right, and also farther along Dogwood, about a mile north of its bend left. Finally, continue north on Dogwood to 165th St., and turn west 1.5 miles to a parking spot with a lane leading into the area.
State Lakin Slough WMA In northeast Guthrie Co. From Hwy. 4 just west outside of Yale, take F-25/160th St. two miles east to the slough. The entrance is on the north side of the road, and easy to miss. A trail leads off from the parking area. NORTH SIDE: Along 150th, just west of P-30/Wood Rd. (the next road east from the above entrance), a lane leads into a boat launch with viewing of a large slough. A smaller lobe of water is viewable by parking along 150th just before the lane above, and climbing up the short embankment (there can be shallow water in the ditch along the road, requiring knee boots).
None listed Lenon Mill Wildlife Area One mile south of Panora, Iowa on Highway P28.
Private Long Pond In northeast Guthrie County. From its intersection with 1st Ave./Hwy. 144, at the south edge of Perry, take Hwy. 141 ten miles west to P-30/Wood Ave. Take P-30 south two miles to 140th St. and turn left (east) one half mile to the marsh.
None listed Marlowe Ray Wildlife Area Take Highway P28 south of Panora to 268th Street, then east to Winding Trail to its end.
State McCord Pond WMA From Bayard, 3 miles west on Highway 141, the south 1 mile on Highway F20 (Hickory Avenue).
County Nations Bridge Park From Stuart, Iowa, north on Highway P28 4.5 miles. Area is on both east and west side of highway.
State Sheeder Prairie From Guthrie Center, west three miles on Highway 44, then north one mile on Highway N70 to 220th Street. Then west 3/4 mile to site on the north.
State Springbrook State Park From Guthrie Center, go north on Highway 25 6.25 miles to 160th Street. Then east 1.2 miles to entrance for the park. Continue on 160th Street one mile east to entrance to Springbrook Conservation Education Center facilities.
County Sutcliff Woodland From Interstate 80 West, take Exit 76 at Adair and go north on Highway N54 about ten miles to Frost Lane. Turn right onto Frost Lane and go about one mile to 240th Streen, then east to entrance..
None listed Whiterock Nature Conservancy  
Hamilton
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None listed Anderson Lake On the east side of Jewell in southeast Hamilton Co. A private lake with viewing to the west from along Saratoga Ave. north of Hwy. 175.
None listed Beemer's Pond  
None listed Bjorkboda Marsh WMA In southwestern Hamilton Co., at the Boone Co. border, one mile west of Hwy. 17, although there is no road directly west to the marsh from 17. FROM THE SOUTH in Boone Co., take Hwy. 17 north two miles past E-18/130th St. to 110th St. Proceed west one mile on 110th to S Ave., and then one mile north to the marsh. FROM THE NORTH in Hamilton Co., take Hwy. 17 south four miles out of Stanhope to 390th St. Proceed one mile west on 390th to Inkpaduta Rd., and then one mile south to the marsh.
None listed Boone Forks WMA  
None listed Goose Lake  
None listed Graceland Cemetary In southern Webster City: Take Highway 17 to Ohio St., and turn west. The cemetary is on the south side of the road. The address is 1000 Ohio St.
None listed Little Wall Lake - in southern Hamilton Co. The lake is two miles south of Jewell along U.S. 69.
Hancock
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State Crystal Hills WMA Just east of the city of Crystal Lake.
State Crystal Lake On the north side of the city of Crystal Lake.
County Eagle Lake WMA Between Britt and Garner, turn north off U.S. 18 onto Lake. Access is about 1 mile north.
State East Twin Lake Four miles west of U.S. 69 at Goodell, three miles east of Kanawha.
City Forest City Settling Pond On the southwest edge of Forest City. Take Quail Avenue south off B14.
State Pilot Knob SP From Interstate 35, take the Highway 9 exit (Manly/Forest City) and turn west. Take highway 9 to 210th Ave. and turn south. There are signs to guide you.
None listed Ventura Marsh WMA (Hancock Co.) East end is in Cerro Gordo County in the town of Ventura. West end is in Hancock County - take 250th Street from Ventura west about 1.5 miles to the parking area.
Hardin
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None listed Calkins Nature Area and Interpretative Center  
None listed Cross Ford Park  
None listed Eagle City Park  
None listed Hardin Co. Conservation Board Headquarters Segment  
County Legacy Wetlands From Hwy 65 in downtown Iowa Falls, go east on Rocksylvania for about 5.5 miles. The wetlands will be visible on the north. Parking is available at the east end.
None listed Meier Wildlife Refuge - in Hardin Co. Meier W.R. is about one mile west of Hubbard along Hwy. 175, right along the south side of the road.
None listed Pine Lake SP In eastern Hardin Co. Go east on Hwy. 175 one mile from its intersection with Hwy. 215 in Eldora, to S-56. The southwest end of the Lower Lake is 1/4 mile north on S-56. Turning right here, a boat launch is a short distance; continuing northward instead leads to a beach area at the northwest corner of the lake. Upper lake: Continue north on this road from the beach area a little more than half a mile, to a campground and other accesses at the south end of the long, narrow Upper Lake.
County Pintail Marsh Just past Legacy Wetlands will be county road R. Go south for about 1.5 miles and the wetland and parking is on your left.
None listed Sac and Fox Overlook  
None listed Steamboat Rock Tower Park  
Harrison
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None listed DeSoto NWR (IA) Just west of the town of Missouri Valley on the Missouri River. From I-680, turn north on I-29 and within a mile will be the Desoto Ave exit. Take this exit and turn west to the refuge.
None listed DeSoto NWR--South Gate Area  
None listed DeSoto NWR--Visitors Center  
None listed Murray Hill Scenic Overlook Starting Point: I-29 Exit 95. Proceed 1.7 miles NE on Vine St/Easton Trail to Main St. Turn left onto Main (aka F20/Easton Trail). Continue 2.5 miles on F20/Easton. MAKE SURE to stay right onto F20/Easton Trail when it separates from Larpenteur Ave.
Henry
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State Geode State Park  
Howard
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State Hayden Prairie State Preserve  
County Heart Pond WA Southwest of city of Elma. Access is off B17 on the west edge of town.
County Lake Hendricks Less than 1 mile north of Riceville, on the Howard County side of Addison Avenue (T68).
None listed Lylah's Marsh Northwest of city of Elma. Access is off 170th Street, 1 mile west of V18.
County Mullen WA SE corner of Hiway 9 and V46.
Humboldt
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County Banwart Prairie Traveling on 169 turn west on C26. Continue on C26 for 8 miles, and turn North at Delaware Ave. Continue on Delaware Ave for 6 miles and then turn West onto C20 at the stop sign. Proceed west for a quarter mile. There will be a sign and you will see the pond. You can pull into a little culvert but should not proceed beyond fence (road is mostly mud…and you will get stuck especially in Spring). Otherwise you can drive by slowly and check out the fenceline, the pond or the back fencerow/hedge for any interesting movement.
City Bicknell Park Coming on Interstate 169 turn East at the stop light onto Wildcat Rd. One block east on Wildcat road you will come to a stop sign where you will turn North onto Sumner Ave. Follow Sumner Ave over the bridge and when you get to the intersection immediately East of the bridge turn north onto N 9th Street. Parking lot is immediately after the turn.
None listed Bradgate Management Area Traveling from 169 turn west onto C29 follow this through the town of Rutland continue on road after blacktop becomes gravel (converts from C29 to 200th street). Continue on 200th St until you reach intersection/merge with Florida Street. Take the south spur winding around and going over the bridge across the W. Des Moines River. Continue on this gravel road until you reach Elm Ave, at stop sign you turn north and follow the road (it merges into 190th St) for 1.5 miles. You will see a long driveway that goes north from the road, take it until you come to a small parking area.
State Frank A. Gotch S.P. From Interstate 169 turn E on 270th street/C49. Drive on 270th St/C49 for half a mile and turn north onto Gotch Park Road. Continue north for ~3/4ths of a mile, park entrance is immediately north of the river crossing on the East side of the road.
None listed Lizard Lake From the town of Fort Dodge: Head north on US Highway 169 until you reach the intersection of County Rd C49. Take a left on C49, and continue on until you reach 320th Ave, which is just past County Rd P19. Take a right on 320th Ave, and the lake will be on your left.
None listed Ottosen Potholes From Interstate 169 Turn West at the intersection with C26. Continue west on C26 for five miles until you come to Georgia Ave. Turn north onto Georgia Ave and continue for a 1.5 miles turning west onto 155th st. Continue westward on 155th street for a mile, coming to the intersection of 155th street and Florida Ave (there will be a sign at this intersection, the thin road to the south is the access road to the property, go south on this road until you come to a large grassy parking area).
None listed Swan pond path in Humboldt Just adjacent to the large bridge spanning the Des Moines River as it intersects highway 169 in Humboldt.
None listed Union Cemetery In Iowa Falls: Take Oak St. (Highway 65)north to the intersection with North St. Turn left on North St all the way to the T-Intersection with River St. Turn right on River St, and go about 600 ft to the intersection with Siloam Ave. Turn left on Siloam Ave and travel about 500 ft. The cemetery is on the left side of the road.
None listed Willows Access From Interstate 169 turn west onto C26. Continue on C26 through Bradgate, access is on the western side of the town of Bradgate. Access road is on the south side of C26. Three Rivers Trail access directly at front end of access road (just off of C26).
Ida
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None listed Crawford Creek RA  
None listed Moorehead Pioneer Park - in central Ida Co. Just outside Ida Grove, the entrance to Moorehead is north off Hwy. 175/U.S. 59.
Iowa
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None listed Amana Woods In northeast Iowa Co., just north of Homestead. This area is on the west side of U.S. 151 directly across from where it is met by U.S. 6 coming from Iowa City. On entering, turn left to the parking area. The trails are color-coded, and a map is posted at the parking area.
None listed Amana--Lily Pond In northeast Iowa Co., just west of Amana. North side viewing: In Amana, follow Hwy. 220 west for 3/4 of a mile from U.S. 151, and the lake and its parking area are seen on the south side of the road. South side viewing: continue west on Hwy. 220 a little more than one half mile to H St., and turn left. Entering a residential section, follow H to its end at 32nd Ave. Turn right on 32nd and park at the end of the street, in front of some houses. Walk through the clump of trees ahead and turn left onto the sidewalk which circles the lake. At first you'll be walking along a marshy inlet, and then to the main water.
None listed English River WMA From CR F67 in southeast Iowa County, take S Ave. south about 1.5 miles to where it intersects Keokuk-Iowa Rd. to the west. There is a parking lot directly east of the intersection, from which the main body of the marsh to the east may be viewed.
None listed Homestead South of Homestead in northeast Iowa Co. At the south edge of Homestead, take W Ave. south. Upland Sandpipers are frequently found along W after the first half mile, and in the general vicinity of W and 180th St.
None listed Indiangrass Hills IBA A privately owned prairie restoration in southwest Iowa Co., open to public birding. Take the Ladora/Millersburg exit no. 211 off I-80. Go south on V-52 about 5 miles to 265th St. Turn left (east) on 265th and go slightly less than one mile until it ends at I Ave. Turn left (north) on I Ave. and after about a mile look for the gray pole barn and parking area on your left, address no. 2549. Enter the east property on foot across from the parking area. Henslow's Sparrows are regularly found throughout the grassland here.
None listed South Amana Pond  
Jackson
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State Bellevue SP  
County Copper Creek Trail Highway 64 runs through Preston, turn north off Hwy 64 on to Industrial Lane, slightly to the west of the road there will be a ~40-foot gravel drive, where you can park your car. To get to the bird watching area, walk west on the lime trail. In approximately a half mile, you will see a gazebo and the bird watching area.
County Hurstville Nature Area 18670 63rd Street, Take Hwy 61 or Hurstville Rd N out of Maquoketa. Turn on 63rd [E from Hwy 61 or W from Hurstville Rd
State Maquoketa Caves SP  
Federal - USFWS Upper Mississippi River NWR--Green Island At the Mississippi River in southeast Jackson Co. Along U.S. 52, four miles south of Z-34, or 1.5 miles north of Z-40, is Green Island Rd. going northeast toward the river. A half mile or more along curving Green Island Rd., pass through the tiny settlement of Green Island, cross the tracks, and note the first DNR road heading north on your left, with a sign; this road is best ignored. Continue 1.5 miles to the second northbound road. On its east side is continuous wetland. It ends with parking at a large pond/marsh. Walk a few yards back up the road, past the inlet, to a two-rut trail leading east for closer viewing. Back at Green Island Rd., continue one mile east to a large parking area on your left, overlooking an extensive wetland, Blake's Lake, with a dike to the west. Drive the lane going east from the parking area itself, bear left at the fork, and come to a parking area for another dike, with viewing from the east.
Federal - USFWS Upper Mississippi Wildlife & Fish Refuge--Pleasant Creek area  
Jasper
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County Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve In eastern Jasper County, just north of I-80. Take exit 179, go north on Hwy. T-38, then go east on Jacob Ave. Access points are along this road.
County Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve--Ahrens Access In eastern Jasper County, just north of I-80. Take exit 179, go north on Hwy. T-38, then go east on Jacob Ave. Access points are along this road.
County Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve--Main Access In eastern Jasper County, just north of I-80. Take exit 179, go north on Hwy. T-38, then go east on Jacob Ave. Access points are along this road.
County Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve--Skinner Ridge Access In eastern Jasper County, just north of I-80. Take exit 179, go north on Hwy. T-38, then go east on Jacob Ave. Access points are along this road.
City Lewis Park Lewis Park is located behind the high school in Colfax. From I-80, take the Colfax exit 155 and go south into Colfax. Turn left onto East Division Street until it comes to a T. Turn left onto North League Road and take the first right and follow the gravel road on the right into the park.
Federal - USFWS Neal Smith NWR Located in southwest Jasper Co., just south of Hwy. 163 at the Prairie City exit. "Walnut Creek N.W.R." in the older Sportsman's Atlas edition. Road construction is currently underway (summer and fall 2015), so take 129th St. south from Hwy. 163, then turn left onto 102nd Ave. to reach the visitor center.
State Rock Creek SP From Newton, take Highway 6 east about 5 miles to the intersection with Highway 224. Turn north on 224 another 5 miles until you get to CR F27. Turn right for about 3 miles and you are at the park.
Jefferson
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None listed Bonnifield Lake  
Johnson
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State Babcock Access On the upper Coralville Reservoir, Hawkeye W.A., northwest Johnson Co. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 about 3.5 miles to Greencastle Ave. Take Greencastle 1.5 miles north to Swan Lake Rd., just after a pond on your right. Turn right (east) on Swan Lake, a B-level road here, 0.8 mile to the Babcock entrance road on your left. Follow this to its end at a small parking area. Where the road turns left to the parking lot and boat ramp, an old road goes NE from this left turn and may be walked sometimes. This can also be accessed from Swan Lake, going W. The road is often in better shape coming from the E.
None listed Ciha Fen Preserve Ciha Fen, a recent Johnson County Conservation Board acquisition in the far NE corner of Johnson Co. It is an 80 acre property of botanical and geological interest, containing on of only 2 nutrient poor fens in the state of Iowa. It is underbirded. From Iowa City, take Hgw 1 n, through Solon, continuing ~1.5 mile 145th St. [or come S from Mt Vernon on Hgw 1 for 4.25 mile] Go East for 6.45 mile. The road appears to change names. You will come to and cross the new Sutliff Br. At this point Lisbon Road continue N and White Oak Ave goes S. Take White Oak Ave S, past Sutliff, for a total of 2.37 miles. Go E for a bit less than 1.5 miles. there will be assign, a small parking area and a gate on the N side of the road. Do not block the gate on weekdays when the JCCB crews may need to get in. This is the SE corner of the property. The Ciha Fen property is divided roughly in half by an E-W fence. There is a gate at the W border to enter the N 40.
Federal - COE Coralville Lake The dam is located 4 miles N of Iowa City. There are numerous points of access to view the water, or to bird the woods around the reservoir. Directions for most are are below.
Federal - COE Coralville Lake--Dam South of North Liberty in Johnson Co. ABOVE THE DAM(beach): Two miles north of I-80 along Dubuque St. (an Iowa City exit), or 2.5 miles south of North Liberty along Dubuque St., look for the Army Corps of Engineers sign to the dam on the east. From there follow the signs for the beach area. MORE VIEWING: At one point you have a choice of heading toward the beach/dam area (right) or the campground (left); the campground also affords viewing of the reservoir.
None listed Coralville Lake--Hoosier Creek from the Swisher/Shueyville exit of I380, take CR F12 east about 5 miles until it ends at CR W6E or Ely Rd. Go south on Ely Rd about a mile, then turn right on 140th St. Go west on 140th St .5 miles to a gravel field driveway on the north side of the road. Just NW of the ATV Park Park there and walk North Northeast about 250 paces to a large oval shaped semi open area surrounded by large willows with dense green ground cover about 12 to 18 inches high and a half inch of standing water.
None listed Coralville Lake--Sandy Beach Public Use Area - on the lower Coralville Reservoir north of North Liberty in Johnson Co. Take the Shueyville exit east off I-380. After about a mile turn south on Sandy Beach Rd. in Shueyville and follow this winding road, paying attention to the signs, a little more than four miles to viewing of the reservoir.
None listed Coralville Lake--Scales Pointe access the area from the opposite side of the water (opposite from Sandy Beach) by taking highway 965 north out of North Liberty, turn right at the sign to Scales Point, follow the road toward Scales Point until the road takes a 90-degree turn to the right and there is a small parking lot with a gate. Park there, walk through the woods down to the water's edge and follow the shoreline until you find where the shorebirds are feeding.
Federal - COE Coralville Lake--Squire Point Trail East of Dubuque, 0.9 mile North of the West Overlook Rd and 1.8 m S of North Libery.
None listed Coralville Lake--Twin View Heights  
None listed Coralville Reservoir (Highway 965 viewing) the bridge area of W60 (Hwy. 965).
None listed Cottage Reserve Woods At Lake Macbride, north of North Liberty in Johnson Co. Follow F-28 off I-380 into and through North Liberty. Turn north at Front St. in North Liberty and continue following F-28 about 4.5 miles to Cottage Reserve Rd., just over the causeway. Turn left on Cottage Reserve, and then take the next left and follow this road to Cottage Reserve Woods at its end, at the boat launch. There is a short lane on your right leading to the woods trail.
Multiple Curtis Bridge Rd. and boat ramp North of North Liberty at the lower Coralville Reservoir in Johnson Co. VIEWING ACROSS FROM MARINA: 0.9 mile S of where Hwy. 965 from where it crosses I-380, take Meadow Rd. to the east. There is a very short distance until Curtis Bridge Rd goes off to your left. [the First Left]. Drive a short distance and park. You walk down to the Lake. In the winter, you can drive almost to the water. This is a working marina so please respect the private property. CURTIS BRIDGE BOAT RAMP: 0.3 south of where Hwy. 965 from crosses I-380, take Curtis Bridge Rd. to the east. Follow the road 3/4 of a mile, including an initial sharp left turn, to its end at the water.
None listed F.W. Kent County Park  
None listed Frytown Conservation In southwest Johnson Co. Take Hwy. 1 about eight miles west from U.S. 218 near Iowa City. The parking lot is on the north side right where Hwy. 1 bends due south. The basic walk is a wide trail that simply goes straight north into the park, ultimately to a tract of woods. In the woods you eventually come to a bridge at a stream; along the woods walk there are side spurs on the right worth walking. There are another couple of trails across the bridge and to the right which are less neatly defined.
None listed Goose Lake It is located in the north W half of the rectangle bounded by 240th St [north], Kansas Ave and the Heartland Express facility [west], Alexander Way [east] and Nick Dr on the S. Coming into N Liberty from the I 380on F 28/Penn St, turn N on Kansas, drive a short distance to Nick Dr [<0.2 mi], turn Right and immediately turn Left on an unnamed gravel road that leads to some electrical boxes [< 0.2 mi]. As you drive in there is a small wetland on the W, a ‘Federally and Locally Protected Wetland’. To view Goose Lake from the N, continue past Kansas and turn Left on Alexander Way. Turn W on 140th [a gravel road than eventually ends at a private house].
None listed Hawkeye WMA  
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Amana Rd  
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Babcock  
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Big Bend Area This access road runs north from Grabin Road, between Cemetery Rd. and Alpine Rd. Grabin runs along the south side of the Hawkeye WA and also goes by Williams Prairie.
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Greencastle Causeway At Coralville Reservoir, Hawkeye W.A., in northwest Johnson Co. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 about 3.5 miles to Greencastle Ave. Take Greencastle two miles north, crossing Swan Lake Rd. just after a pond on your right, until you’re on the dike. SHOREBIRDS: In season there is usually a population or two that can be scoped from the road, to the east. Depending on conditions, you can often leave the road and walk east for a stretch to see more pockets of shorebirds--start just north of the inlet that reaches to the road. Also, with correct water levels on the west side, shorebirds often congregate along the far shore of the bay to your right. You can walk closer to them along the north shoreline, and a little farther west through the grass here is a second inlet with shorebird habitat. In all cases, boots are recommended.
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Gunclub Ponds In Hawkeye W.A. in northwest Johnson Co. Two fairly small wetlands straddle Greencastle Ave. directly south of Swan Lake Rd. The east side is always an open pond, and the west side is a grassy marsh with little or no open water. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 about 3.5 miles to Greencastle Ave. Take Greencastle 1.5 miles north to the ponds.
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Hanging Rock Woods  
None listed Hawkeye WMA--James Avenue NW At the upper Coralville Reservoir in Hawkeye W.A., northwest Johnson Co. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 to the first road, James Ave., and take this north 2.5 miles, including a very slight jog to the right at Swan Lake Rd., until it makes a sharp right turn. Park along here and walk the dirt lane, starting at the "Refuge Now Open" sign, west toward the reservoir. The shoreline can also be approached at the end of James, by continuing another mile.
State Hawkeye WMA--Matson Pond  
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Round Pond From I-380, turn west on F-28 until you get to Greencastle Ave. Go north on Greencastle and turn west at the first 4-way intersection. This intersection is near the Gun Club Ponds. Go west and Round Pond will be on the north side just past the power lines.
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Sand Point In Hawkeye W.A., northwest Johnson Co., on the upper Coralville Reservoir. A few miles north of I-80, take the North Liberty/F-28 exit off I-380. Go west on F-28 to the first road, James Ave., and take this 1.5 miles north to Swan Lake Rd. Go west on Swan Lake one mile to the Sand Point parking area lane, across from Swan Lake itself. It's a 15- or 20-minute walk out to Sand Point.
None listed Hawkeye WMA--Swan Lake - in Swan Lake S.P., at the southeast edge of Carroll in central Carroll Co.
City Hickory Hill Park In Iowa City. The park is entered on Conklin Ave., to the left of St. Joseph’s Cemetery along N. Dodge. St., across from the Hy-Vee, northeast part of town, and about one mile off the Dodge St./Hwy. 1 exit from I-80. A detailed map of Hickory Hill Park's trails is found at: http://www.jccniowa.org/~icbc/hhp/hhp2x10in100k.jpg
None listed Iowa City City Park in Iowa City. The park is off Park Rd., which is the first light coming in from the Dubuque St. exit off I-80. The park is visible across the river from Dubuque St
None listed Lake Macbride SP  
None listed Lake Macbride SP -- Cottage Reserve area North of North Liberty in Johnson Co. Follow F-28 off I-380 into and through North Liberty. Turn north at Front St. in North Liberty and continue following F-28 about 4.5 miles to Cottage Reserve Rd., just over the causeway. Turn left on Cottage Reserve, proceed and then take the first right. Follow this road all the way around to the boat launch on the lake. See also Lake Macbride, north arm, Opie Rd.
None listed Lake Macbride--North Arm On the north shore of the north arm of Lake Macbride, northern Johnson Co. Out of Solon, from Hwy. 1, take Hwy. 382 a little more than three miles west to Opie Rd. on your left. This is just over a half mile west from Ely Rd./W6E if coming from the north. Follow Opie Rd. south one half mile to a parking lot at the water; there is also a boat ramp with parking a couple of hundred yards west from here.
None listed Lake McBride (Twin View Heights) From Solon, on US 1 turn west in center of town on Main Street which becomes Ely Road outside of town. At the fork stay left an continue past the golf course on the right to Twin View Heights housing development. Enter at the gate, stay right on Meadow, pass the pond staying right to the intersection of Lakeside and Wildwood. Here a road goes north (right) between two houses. Pavement ends shortly. Dirt road leads to a fork. Either way leads to a parking area.
None listed Macbride Nature Recreation Area  
None listed Matson Pond from exit #4 off I-380. Proceed west on F-28 about 7 3/4 mi. Go right on gravel Cemetery Rd. Follow Cemetery Rd. about one mile. Turn right on Swan Lake Rd. This is not marked as such, but there is a small sign that says " Wildlife Restoration." Proceed about one mile to a 'T' intersection. Go right about 1/4 mile to a parking lot on the right. Walk west ( right ) down into a vegetated swale and follow to the pond.
None listed Oakland Cemetery  
None listed Redbird Farms WA In southwest Johnson Co. From U.S. 218 near Iowa City take Hwy. 1 west less than four miles to F-52/Black Diamond Rd., on your right. Take F-52 about 3.5 miles west to the Redbird parking area on your right, just past Hazelwood Ave. Across the road is a field tract, which is also part of Redbird. Shortly south of the parking area there, along the trail, is a marshy pond which can be productive when wet.
None listed Solon-Lake Macbride Bike Trail Just west of Solon in northeast Johnson Co. IF COMING FROM HWY.1 - turn west on Hwy. 382, Main St. in Solon, and follow it west to the west edge of town, where there is a fork. At this point follow Main St. slightly to the left, rather than 382 slightly to the right. Quickly come to a T-intersection, Chabal St., and turn left (south). Come soon to another T-intersection, Sovers St., and turn right (west). The trailhead is at the first bend left (south), where there is a church in front of you, and a high school field to the right. IF COMING FROM NORTH OF LAKE MACBRIDE and west of Solon along Hwy. 382, look for Chabal St. on your right just at the west edge of Solon; then as above. IF COMING FROM THE LAKE MACBRIDE AREA - take Mahaffey Bridge Rd. north to 180th St., and then take 180th east (right), along the south shore of the lake's north arm, 1.7 miles to Racine Rd. Turn left (north) on Racine, and the trailhead is at the first bend to the right, where the church is.
None listed Sugar Bottom WA In the lower Coralville Reservoir area, northeast of North Liberty in Johnson Co. Follow F-28 off I-380 into and almost through North Liberty. Turn north at Front St. and continue following F-28 about three miles to the Sugar Bottom entrance, immediately past the first causeway and on your right. There is often gull viewing on the reservoir at the campground's beach area, when it is open.