Goose Pond Natural Area

Goose Pond Natural Area
This 269-acre area was acquired in 1993 with contributions from REAP, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Wetlands for Iowa, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the Iowa DNR’s Habitat Stamp Project. The area is managed for wildlife and is open for hunting during season. It is particularly popular with duck hunters.

For hunting rules and regulations, please visit the Iowa DNR website.


Goose Pond Natural Area is located at 3875 Lewis Bottoms Rd, Shellsburg, IA, 52332. Click here for a map of Goose Pond Natural Area.


-  Wetlands/ponds
-  Bottomland timber
-  Two prairie plots: 6 acres (south), 19 acres (north)
-  Agricultural crop ground (about 50 acres)
-  Access to the Cedar River (via Wood Duck Bottoms Recreation Area)
-  Parking lot

-  Hunting
-  Trapping
-  Hiking
-  Fishing

Operating Hours & Seasons

4 am – 10:30 pm