Bruggeman Wildlife Area

Prairie entrance
Prairie entrance
Managing the prairie with fire
North entrance

Bruggeman Park contains 359 acres of primarily floodplain timber with the Wapsi River running through the parks interior.  The north end of the property had extensive damage by the EF-5 tornado of 2008.  Some of the damage done to the trees were cleared by a logging company but much of the damage due to the storm is still very apparent within the park boundaries.  With the recent prairie addition to the park the entire area now encompasses 484 acres.

The prairie addition contains a mix of wet areas and a quality tallgrass prairie that will provide good upland bird hunting along with wildlife viewing. The Wapsipinicon River is designated as a Protected Water Area (PWA) and important Bird Conservation Area (BCA) due to its uniqueness and wildlife diversity.  It is common to see migratory bird species such as the sand hill crane in early spring along stretches of the river corridor.

The Wapsipinicon River Water Trail also traverses its way through the center of this property, allowing paddlers to enjoy the wild beauty and undeveloped section of the river. 

Prairie species quite possibly found within the prairie area:
Common prairie species

Park boundaries may not be clearly marked in all locations within the park so please be aware of park boundaries and respect private property.


Bruggeman is located 1.5 miles north and 2 miles east of Dunkerton off of Bennington Road.   Bruggeman is another of the parks affected by the tornado of 2008.  Much of the park has been cleared of downed trees by a logging company but a great deal of the park still exhibits obvious damage from the E-F5 twister.   Bruggeman has access points off of C57 as well as off of Bennington Road.


Canoe access to the Wapsipinicon River
Upland game bird hunting
Flood plain woodlands hunting
Bird watching
Cross country skiing

States hunting and fishing regulations

Operating Hours & Seasons

Contact Us:
Black Hawk County Conservation
1346 West Airline Hwy
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 433-PARK (7275)  Fax: (319) 433-7276

Park hours: 6:00 a.m to 10:30 p.m.