Plan Your Visit

Tallgrass Prairie

Directions, Address & Contact Info

Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge is located in northern Iowa, about 160 miles southwest of Minneapolis and northwest of Des Moines. 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 drive 0.25 miles to the office.

For more information contact us at:
1710 360th Street
Titonka, Iowa 50480

Points of Interest

The Refuge Office is open year-round 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. 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.

Know Before You Go

Northern Iowa weather can change rapidly, with windy, sub-zero winter temperatures and hot, humid summers. Refuge 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 bird watchers and hunters. We recommend sun screen, hat, cool breathable clothing, drinking water and insect repellent for summer visitors.