Plan Your Visit

Tallgrass Prairie at Iowa Wetland Management District

Directions, Address & Contact Info

The Iowa Wetland Management District encompasses 35 counties in Iowa; our main office is at Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge, located about 160 miles southwest of Minneapolis, MN and northwest of Des Moines, IA in north central Iowa. Driving from Algona, take Highway 169 north to Bancroft; turn right (east) on A-42, and proceed six miles to the office. From the north on Interstate 90, take the Blue Earth, MN, exit and follow Highway 169 south into Iowa. At Lakota, follow P60 south to A-42, then turn west and travel 0.25 miles to the office.

For more information contact us at:
1710 360th Street
Titonka, Iowa 50480
(515) 928-2523

Points of Interest

The Iowa Wetland Management District’s office at Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge is open year-round from 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday, excluding federal holidays. The office houses interactive displays and a diorama, which shows the wildlife and habitat you may experience on the refuge and at the waterfowl production areas that make up the district. A wildlife observation platform and a four-mile wildlife auto tour (open in late summer and for special events) have shared access points near the refuge office. We encourage visitors to stop at the Iowa Wetland Management District’s office to inquire about other uses and activities.

Know Before You Go

Northern Iowa weather can change rapidly, with windy, sub-zero winter temperatures and hot, humid summers. Tallgrass prairie and wetland habitats provide little protection from the elements, so we encourage visitors to be prepared for the season and to watch weather forecasts. A warm coat, clothing layers, hat, gloves and insulated boots are a must for winter activities. We recommend sun screen, hat, cool breathable clothing, drinking water and insect repellent for summer visitors.