Buzzard Ridge Wildlife Area

Map of park located at parking lot
Map of park located at parking lot
Hiking the trails at Buzzard
Hiking the trails at Buzzard
Trail at Buzzard

Taking a break!
Parking lot entrance off county road E17

The 273-acre area is located along the South Fork of the Maquoketa River. The unique beauty of Northeast Iowa is very evident here with limestone rock outcroppings, upland timber, flood plain, wildlife, and panoramic scenery. Wildlife food plots are planted periodically for wildlife. Primitive camping is available by the river. This area is a convenient stop for canoeists traveling down the Maquoketa River.


Google Map Location
There are three access points provided to the area:
  • Parking Lot off County Road E17, just east of Canton
  • Parking Lot off County Road 30th Avenue (1/2 mile south of E17)
  • River access off the south fork of the Maquoketa River (between bridge in Canton & Millertown bridge on 30th Ave) - Part of the Maquoketa River Water Trail

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



  • primitive camping (walk-in or paddle-in, tent only)
  • pit toilets
  • picnicking
  • stream fishing
  • paddling
  • hunting
  • hiking (see map: yellow trail no longer maintained due to numerous creek crossings)
  • wildlife viewing
  • bird watching

Click here to view a video about the park


Operating Hours & Seasons

Open daily 4:00 A.M. - 10:30 P.M.