Prairie Creek Recreation Area

Banks of Prairie Creek
Creek stomping!
Rock Shelter

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From the rolling hills of the oak savanna to the dense woodlands spotted with limestone bluffs, this land is full of ecological and archaeological treasures.

This 273-acre area was donated to Jackson County Conservation in 2014 by Robert J. Martin in memory of Sally Ann Moler and Joseph A. and Evelyn E. Martin to be enjoyed by the public as a park and recreation area.


Google Map Location

Prairie Creek Recreation Area is located on the SE side of Maquoketa. There are three accesses to the park.

One access is on the west side of the park at the corner of Summit Street and Jacobsen Drive in Maquoketa. Follow the roadway into the park. Parking is available on the north side of the fishing pond, adjacent to the pavilion and along roadway. 

There are two parking lots along the east side of the park located along 223rd Avenue. The first parking lot is about 1/2 mile south of Highway 64. The second parking lot is located at the end of 223rd Avenue.

Street addresses for the three entrances are 1215 East Summit Street, 2126 223rd Avenue and 3324 223rd Avenue.


Jackson County Conservation
Hurstville Interpretive Center
18670 63rd Street
Maquoketa, IA 52060
(563) 652-3783


  • Pavilion: includes picnic tables, fireplace and restrooms. Available for reservation.
  • More than five miles of hiking trails
  • 2-acre fishing pond (bluegill, largemouth bass and catfish were stocked in 2017; please catch and release for the next couple of years to let the fish become established)
  • Open to archery hunting (please follow all Iowa DNR hunting regulations and additional regulations posted at park; no other hunting or trapping is allowed)
  • 57.5 acres of crop ground are leased out (please be respectful of crops in fields) 
  • Woodlands, prairies, pollinator plantings, creek, wetlands, pond
  • 1.5 miles of Prairie Creek meanders through the park

Operating Hours & Seasons

Park is open 6:00 am - 10:30 pm. 


Please be respectful and stay off private property and crop ground.