Eddyville Sand Dunes Prairie

General Description

This area consists of a patchwork of wind-blown sand, associated wetlands and woodland that are home to some of Iowa’s rarest plants and animals. The plant/animal inhabitants of the Eddyville Dunes represent one of the most complete, although fragile prairie communities in Iowa. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find another place in Iowa where you can see as many different kinds of plants and animals as you can at the Eddyville Sand Prairie area. A great place to explore with field guides, camera, and binoculars. Open to bow hunting for deer and turkey only.


One mile east of Eddyville. Take G77 east to the first gravel road east of Eddyville High School – 232nd Ave. Turn south (right) onto 232nd to 182nd St. then west (right) to road closure gate. The parking lot is on the north (right) side of the road. Columbia Twp.



Site Amenities

Picnic shelter and tables; 1.4 mile rock hiking/interpretive trail

Recreational Activities

Wildlife viewing and photography, hiking, Archery hunting only for deer and turkey.


Unique/Natural Area


Management Agreement Established in 2002, ownership in 2010.

Eddyville sign
Eddyville Path