This public hunting and recreation area is truly a hidden gem. This area covers 106.16 acres and the scenic overlook on the southern end offers excellent sunset vistas and fall color viewing of the Iowa River Valley. Hiking trails are plentiful and will guide you towards the river, through the woods, and around a restored wetland brimming with wildlife. Or, wade upstream through the spring-fed creek and take your time climbing over huge granite boulders and exploring sandbars. This particular area has the unique feature of being located at the junction of 3 major Iowa landform regions: the recently glaciated Des Moines Lobe, the wind-and ice-swept Iowan Erosion Surface, and the heavily dissected Southern Iowa Drift Plain.
With diverse and challenging topography, rare native ecosystems including savanna, prairie, forest, & wetland, and over 260 hundred acres to explore, this area is well-suited to the wilderness enthusiast who seeks solitude. Hunting, hiking, and river fishing are the primary uses of this area.
Located less than 2 miles north of Steamboat Rock, the Sac and Fox Overlook area is found 1 mile North of Steamboat Rock and is accessible from county road S56. x.
Primitive area, stream fishing, great hiking trails, good timber and open to hunting.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Opens at 6:00 A.M. and closes at 10:30 P.M.