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Ames High Prairie State Preserve

Ames High Prairie State Preserve
Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Dr.
Ames, IA
The Richard W. Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie (popularly known more simply as “Ames High Prairie”) is a 22-acre preserve c...
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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Badger Creek State Recreation Area
120th Lane
Van Meter, IA
Lake ActivitiesThe lake at Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The l...
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Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park
16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA
Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, Iowa’s newest state park, is nestled in the rolling landscape between Des Moines and Indianola on Highw...
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Beed's Lake State Park

Beed's Lake State Park
1422 165th Street
Hampton, IA
Beed's Lake is a popular boating spot due to its scenic beauty. Motors of any size may be used at "no wake" speeds on the lake. A modern boat ramp ...
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Behrens Ponds and Woodland State Preserve

Behrens Ponds and Woodland State Preserve
Ponds Lane
Toddville, IA
Karl W. Behrens Memorial Ponds and Woodland is a 29-acre preserve featuring a series of sandy ponds inhabited by the blue-spotted salamander, a rar...
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Big Creek State Park

Big Creek State Park
8794 NW 125th Av
Polk City, IA
Big Creek Lake's clear water provides great family swimming fun. Refreshments are available at the beach during the swimming season. A large wooden...
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Bobwhite State Park

Bobwhite State Park
Bobwhite State Park is a County operated park in Wayne County.  It is home to an array of exciting activities such fishing, camping, swimming,...
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Brushy Creek State Preserve

Brushy Creek State Preserve
270th Street
Lehigh, IA
Brushy Creek State Preserve is located in Brushy Creek Recreation Area, a 6,500-acre public area in Webster County located twenty miles southeast o...
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Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area
2802 Brushy Creek Road
Lehigh, IA
At over 6,000 acres, Brushy Creek is one of Iowa's largest tracts of public outdoor recreation land. Visitors can get a real sense of being "away f...
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Casey's Paha State Preserve

Casey's Paha State Preserve
far western portion of Hickory Hills County Park
New Virginia, IA
Casey’s Paha is a 175-acre preserve that highlights a half-mile portion of a 2.5-mile-long elongated hill known as a “paha.” It i...
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Cedar Bluffs State Preserve

Cedar Bluffs State Preserve
280th Street
Oskaloosa, IA
Cedar Bluffs is a 223-acre preserve featuring a scenic forested bluffland with sandstone cliffs. It is located ten miles west of Oskaloosa in south...
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Cedar Hills Sand Prairie State Preserve

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie State Preserve
280th Street
Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Bluffs is a 223-acre preserve featuring a scenic forested bluffland with sandstone cliffs. It is located ten miles west of Oskaloosa in south...
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Clay Prairie State Preserve

Clay Prairie State Preserve
240th Avenue
Allison, IA
Clay Prairie is a 3-acre preserve containing a small, unplowed portion of the historic Butler Center Cemetery. It is located fifteen miles north of...
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Claybanks Forest State Preserve

Claybanks Forest State Preserve
225th Street
Rockford, IA
Claybanks Forest is a 56-acre preserve featuring rock outcrops with remarkable, internationally known Devonian fossils. It is located 5 miles south...
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Dolliver Memorial State Park

Dolliver Memorial State Park
2757 Dolliver Park Ave.
Otho, IA
Facilities and ActivitiesPicnicking/Shelters/LodgeThe two lodges at Dolliver, built during the 1930's, may be rented for day use. They are ideal fo...
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Doolittle Prairie State Preserve

Doolittle Prairie State Preserve
560th Avenue
Story City, IA
Doolittle Prairie State Preserve is located in the Des Moines Lobe region and contains a native tallgrass prairie remnant dotted with seasonal mars...
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Elk Rock State Park

Elk Rock State Park
811 146th Avenue
Knoxville, IA
Elk Rock State Park is located on Lake Red Rock, one of Iowa's large impoundments. The area had been inhabited by Native Americans dating back more...
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Fallen Rock State Preserve

Fallen Rock State Preserve
20997 Co Rd S56
Eldora, IA
This 122 acre state preserve may be accessed through Tower Rock, Fallen Rock Wildlife Area or the Iowa River.  The property has many unique at...
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George Wyth State Park

George Wyth State Park
3659 Wyth Road
Waterloo, IA
George Wyth State Park is located on the Cedar River within the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. Its large expanse of woodland is abundant w...
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Hanging Bog State Preserve

Hanging Bog State Preserve
Six miles northwest of Cedar Rapids in Linn County
Palo, IA
Hanging Bog State Preserve features a shaded hillside seep that houses a large population of skunk cabbage. It was formed from mineral-rich groundw...
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