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Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve

Adjacent to the Des Moines River, Gray Eagle consists of a series of seasonally flooded wetlands.
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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


6733 120th Ave
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Map · Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve