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Swiss Valley Nature Preserve

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  1. Fishing
  2. Internet
  3. Picnicking
  4. Restrooms
  5. Trails
  6. Water

About the Nature Preserve

The following is available at the nature preserve:
  • 476 acres of woodlands and prairies
  • Catfish Creek, which meanders through the preserve, is stocked with trout by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) each year
  • Conservation Board Headquarters
  • Free snowshoe rental
  • Groomed cross-country ski trails
  • Nature Center with interpretive displays concerning the wildlife, ecology, and natural history of the Swiss Valley area
  • Outdoor education programs
  • Over 10 miles of self-guiding nature and hiking trails that radiate outward from the center through the forest, prairie, and wetland areas
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities

  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms
  • Trails
  • Water

The preserve and the interpretive center are open year round except for holidays. Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset. Center hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.


Other Programs

Special programs for groups can be arranged by calling 563-556-6745. Seasonal weekend public hikes and educational programs are listed on our calendar of events.