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Argyle Lake State Park

Argyle Lake State Park
640 Argyle Park Road
Colchester, IL
Known as a fisherman's delight, Argyle Lake State Park has a full complement of recreational opportunities. Just 7 miles from Macomb, Argyle Lake a...
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Backbone State Park

Backbone State Park
1347 129th Street
Dundee, IA
Backbone State Park was dedicated in 1920. It was Iowa's first state park and remains one of the most significant. Backbone is named for its narrow...
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Battle of Athens State Historic Site

Battle of Athens State Historic Site
Route 1
Revere, MO
Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River front...
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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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Bellevue State Park

Bellevue State Park
24668 Hwy. 52
Bellevue, IA
High bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River, 770 acres with timbered walking trails, a unique butterfly sanctuary and an enclosed nature...
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Big Bend State Fish & Wildlife Area

Big Bend State Fish & Wildlife Area
Big Bend State Fish and Wildlife Area is a 2,376 acre site located along the Rock River west of Prophetstown. The area has approximately 250 acres ...
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Big River State Forest

Big River State Forest
Big River State Forest in western Illinois’ Henderson County is 8 miles north of Oquawka on the Oquawka-Keithsburg blacktop. The forest is ma...
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Bixby State Preserve

Bixby State Preserve
37894 Fortune Avenue
Edgewood, IA
Bixby consists of 184 acres of rugged algific slopes, mature hard wood forests and a trout stream. The area is for day use only. Perfect for a quie...
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Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve

Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve
E Avenue, 90th Street
Arlington, IA
Brush Creek Canyon is a 217-acre preserve containing a rugged forested gorge along the Silurian Escarpment. Located two miles north of Arlington in...
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Catfish Creek State Preserve

Catfish Creek State Preserve
Mines of Spain Road
Dubuque, IA
Catfish Creek Preserve is located in the north half of the 1,300-acre Mines of Spain Recreation Area, on the south side of the city of Dubuque, in ...
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Cedar Rock State Park

Cedar Rock State Park
2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd. Buch Co Hwy W-35
Independence, IA
The Walter house was one of Wright's most complete designs. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock bears the architect's imprint. Wright designed the furn...
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Delabar State Park

Delabar State Park
North of Oquawka near Illinois Route 164
Oquawka, IL
Located on the Mississippi River about 1 1/2 miles north of Oquawka near Illinois Route 164, Delabar State Park offers quality outdoor experiences ...
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Fairport State Recreation Area

Fairport State Recreation Area
3280 Hwy 22
Muscatine, IA
For a different type of camping experience, why not try the Fairport Recreation Area Campground located 6 miles away from Wildcat Den State Park on...
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Geode State Park

Geode State Park
3333 Racine Avenue
Danville, IA
Facilities and ActivitiesPicnicking/SheltersGeode State Park is one of the most scenic and popular picnicking spots in southeast Iowa. Several open...
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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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Henderson County Conservation Area

Henderson County Conservation Area
R.R. #1
Keithsburg, IL
Henderson County Conservation Area, which includes Gladstone Lake, offers a variety of recreational facilities. The 27-acre lake has a shoreline of...
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Iliniwek Village State Historic Site

Iliniwek Village State Historic Site
Hwy. 27
Wayland, MO
High above the Des Moines River’s floodplain, the grasses that sway back and forth in the wind beckon visitors to Iliniwek Village State Hist...
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Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area

Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area
28616 Sauk Trail Rd
Kewanee, IL
From cross-country skiing in the winter to a lazy picnic in the summer, from a fishing trip in the spring to exploring fields of wildflowers amidst...
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Lacey Keosauqua State Park

Lacey Keosauqua State Park
22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is one of the largest and most picturesque of Iowa state parks and recreation areas. The park's 1,653 acres of hills, bl...
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Lake Darling State Park

Lake Darling State Park
111 Lake Darling Road
Brighton, IA
Lake Darling State Park was dedicated on September 17, 1950. J. N. "Ding" Darling, for whom the park was named, "set the gate," a ceremony in which...
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