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Garrison Rock Resource Management Unit 2016-10-15T09:42:05+00:00

Garrison Rock Resource Management Unit

General Description

Rolling terrain consisting primarily of high quality oak/hickory timber and open ridge tops. Much of the open areas were farmed, grazed or hayed prior to WCCB’s ownership. Prairie restoration is underway on the balance of the open ground making it ideal turkey and deer habitat. Garrison Rock is actually a large sand stone out crop overlooking the Des Moines River valley. This area is very important historically being a Native American gathering site and one of the first places European settlers occupied in Wapello County. A Pioneer Cemetery occupies a bluff top overlooking the Des Moines River. Both Native Americans and early settlers used Horse Thief Cave for shelter, which collapsed over 50 years ago. During the early 1900’s, Garrison Rock was a must see site for all of the local townsfolk. Horse drawn buggies and sleighs would carry Ottumwa residents out to the area to picnic, hike and explore Horse Thief Cave. Garrison Rock is a high quality oak/hickory forest resource with excellent plant and animal diversity.

Location

About 2 miles southeast of Ottumwa on Cliffland Road. The parking lot is located in the northeast corner of section 4, Keokuk Township

Acres

302

Site Amenities

None

Recreational Activities

Wildlife Viewing, Photography, Hunting, Picnicking, Hiking

Classification

Natural Area

Acquired

2003

Garrison Rock - Rock FormationGarrison Rock Ravine