Swiss Valley Nature Preserve and Nature Center

Swiss Valley Nature Center
Swiss Valley Nature Center
View From a Woodland Trail
Catfish Creek


The preserve features a nature center containing interpretive displays concerning the wildlife, ecology, and natural history of the Swiss Valley area. The center also houses the administrative office of the Dubuque County Conservation Board. More than 10 miles of self-guiding nature and hiking trails radiate outward from the center through the forest, prairie, and wetland areas. The Catfish Creek, which meanders through the preserve, is stocked with trout by the Iowa DNR each year, providing many hours of fishing for anglers. (Click here for the Northeast Iowa Trout Stream Stocking Report ) In winter, many of the trails convert to groomed cross-country ski trails.  The nature center also has snowshoes for visitors to use, free of charge.  The preserve and the nature center are open year round except for holidays. 

Special programs for school and groups can be arranged by calling the nature center 563-556-6745. Seasonal weekend public hikes and educational programs are listed on our calendar of events and with the local media.


Located 4.5 miles SW of Dubuque, Iowa off Highway 151 S or Highway 20 W on Swiss Valley Rd
Google Map Location

 Swiss Valley Nature Preserve and Nature Center 

13606 Swiss Valley Road

Peosta, IA 52068


  • 476 Acres of Woodlands and Prairies
  • Conservation Board Headquarters
  • Trout Fishing in Catfish Creek
  • Over 10 Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Groomed Cross Country skiing Trail
  • Free Snow Shoe Rental
  • Nature Center with Displays and Exhibits
  • Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
  • Outdoor Education Programs

Operating Hours & Seasons

The preserve and the nature center are open year round except for holidays.
Preserve hours are sunrise to sunset.
Nature Center hours are 7:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday and 10:00 to 2:00 on weekends.