Martin Area Park

Located along the Little Sioux River, this 300-acre area includes river bottom and upland timber, glacial topography and prairie remnants.

River Corridor

Mature woodlands are home to some unusual Northwest Iowa species like maidenhair fern. Spring wildflowers like Bloodroot, Wild Sweet William, and Snow Trillium are common. Western prairie species like the Yucca, Wild Blue Flax and Carolina Anemone can be found on hillside prairie remnants. There are major prairie and oak savanna restoration projects in progress.

Birds that nest here include the Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood Pewee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Rufous-sided Towhee. This is an excellent Bald Eagle wintering area. River Otter and Bobcat populations have increased in recent years.

Location Description

Enjoy a drive through the park or hike the 5 miles of trail. Horseback riding is allowed on trails during dry conditions and this is also a favorite place for cross-country skiing. Scenic overlooks along the Little Sioux River and from the ridge top provide excellent views of wildlife and glacial landscape. Camping and picnic areas give visitors more time to enjoy this wonderful site. Cabins are available for reservation.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • Martin Access is located 3 miles east of Larrabee off of C 16.
  • 4578 Martin Access Road
  • GPS Coordinants - N 42 51.232 W 095 27.719
  • 300 acres, Cherokee County Conservation Board
  • Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Canoeing, Horse Back Riding, Birding, Wildflowers, Cross Country Skiing

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