nature preserves + wildlife areas

Nestled between limestone bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River, Dubuque’s natural landscape is full of wonder. In the warmer months you can hike, bike or paddle the many trails, take in the breathtaking views, or sail above the trees in a guided zipline tour. The winter months offer plenty of options for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and rinks for ice skating.

Interstate Power Company Forest PreserveNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

The area contains 8 acres of restored prarie, 15 acres of rolling grassland, the remaining area is heavily forested and is an excellent location to hike and nature watch.

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Julien Dubuque Monument at Mines of SpainNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

The Julien Dubuque Monument, built in 1897 on the site where Julien Dubuque was buried, sits high above the Mississippi River and provides “the landmark” for the Mines of Spain. Group Tours Amenities Accommodate Group Tours, One month preferred. Advance Notice, Tour of EB Lyons Center, Hike on Trail, Indoor Programs with hands-on Nature/History programs. Basic Tour Includes, 150 Maximum Number that can be accommodated, hiking, canoeing Other Notes, 2 Suggested Length of Tour

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Little Maquoketa River MoundsNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

Situated high atop a limestone ridge, overlooking the Little Maquoketa River just north of Dubuque, this 41 acre preserve features 32 ancient Native American Burial mounds.

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Mines of Spain Recreation Area/EB Lyons Interpretive CenterNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

1,437 acre state recreation area with 20 miles for hiking, 5 miles for cross-country skiing, EB Lyons Interpretive Center with nature and history exhibits, and the America’s State Tree Woodland Walk and one mile ADA trail, Julien Dubuque Monument and the Horse Shoe Bluff area with scenic views of river. Group Tours Amenities Accommodate Group Tours, One month preferred. Advance Notice, Tour of EB Lyons Center, Hike on Trail, Indoor Programs with hands-on Nature/History programs. Basic Tour Includes, 150 Maximum Number that can be accommodated, hiking, canoeing Other Notes, 2 Suggested Length of Tour

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Pohlman Prarie PreserveNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

This area is a unique 23 acre site consisting of native bottomland forest and native prarie remnants on the bluff overlooking the Little Maquoketa River valley.

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Ringneck Ridge Wildlife AreaNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

This area offers opportunity for upland game hunting. The 160 acre recreation area is a great location to hike and bird watch.

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Swiss Valley Nature Preserve & Nature CenterNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

The nature center contains interpretive displays on wildlife, ecology, and history of the Swiss Valley area. The preserve has ten miles of hiking trails and the stream is stocked with trout.

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Whitewater Canyon Wildlife AreaNature Preserves + Wildlife Area

This area is open for public hunting and is also a favorite with hikers and wildlife watchers. The area contains one of only three true canyons in Iowa. This is truly one of the most scenic and unique areas in Dubuque County.

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