Spring Run

Wetland complexes of this size and diversity give us an idea of how the prairie pothole region may have looked and functioned when Euro-American settlers first came to Northwest Iowa. This site is one of the largest Waterfowl Production Areas in the state.

Pothole Birding

This vast complex has lake, marsh and upland areas. The water quality is excellent, and it provides habitat for a variety of species. Spring Run is a designated bird conservation area with a wide diversity of nesting areas. In the marshes, you will find Blue-winged Teal, Redhead Duck, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Swamp Sparrow, Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat and Virginia and Sora Rail nesting. Declining grassland species such as Bobolink, Marsh and Sedge Wren and Northern Harrier are found here. The restored and native prairie has a nice variety of flowers.

Location Description

This vast complex has several roads intersecting the area. Visitors have a chance to see a wide variety of birds from their cars as they travel slowly through the area. The Dickinson County Conservation Board maintains a set of shooting ranges on the site which are open to the general public.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • Between M56 and M60 off 190th Street, E. of Arnolds Park.
  • GPS Coordinants - N43deg22.883 WO95deg04.333
  • 5000 acres, - Federal, State, & County
  • Driving loop, Birding, Hunting, Canoe/Kayak
Educational Activity:
Visit Spring Run via Google Map by Clicking HERE!

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  • Spring Run is broken down into 2 video sections for your viewing or downloading -
  • Download Podcast of Spring Run Introduction Video HERE or - View Video now HERE
  • Download Podcast of Spring Run - Birds & Birding Video HERE or - View Video now HERE
  • Wild Categories Photo Gallery