Arney Bend Wildlife Area

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The 203-acre Arney Bend Wildlife Area was purchased by the Marshall County Conservation Board in 1980 to conserve and manage an important segment of wildlife habitat adjacent to the Iowa River. The area is primarily river bottom forest with several oxbows. Native prairie restoration in some areas has improved the habitat diversity to provide for more species of wildlife.

A grant from the Iowa Wildlife Habitat Stamp fund provided 75% of the cost of the acquisition. The remaining monies came from Marshall County Conservation Board funds and numerous business, civic organizations, and individual donations.

Technical assistance was given by the Izaak Walton League of America Endowment. The Iowa Division and the Marshall County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League efforts to secure significant donations toward this acquisition project are greatly appreciated.


Located Northwest of Albion
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Area consists of undeveloped natural area with forest and prairie areas. 
Activities allowed include:
  • Hiking
  • River Access
  • Hunting (State Hunting Rules and Regulations Apply)
  • Bird Watching and Wildlife Observation
  • Mushrooming
No camping is allowed in the area.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Wildlife Area Hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Open year round - Access sometimes limited during winter months.