Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve

General Description

Adjacent to the Des Moines River, Gray Eagle consists of a series of seasonally flooded wetlands. Water levels fluctuate with the river. When river levels are high, wetland water levels are high. During spring and fall migrations, a high concentration and diversity of waterfowl, shorebirds and migratory songbirds can be found here. The large deposition of sand and gravel provide a unique opportunity to observe many riparian wildlife species found along the Des Moines River.


Located on south edge of Ottumwa, immediately south of Hwy 34 / Iowa Ave intersection.



Site Amenities

Parking, Walk-in area

Recreational Activities

Hiking, Wildlife Viewing, Photography, Fishing.


Natural Environment Area, Wildlife Preserve

Acquired By

Hormel Donation Ducks Unlimited

Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve