Bear Grove Forest Area

This 23 acre oak hickory forest is open to the public for wildlife view and hunting.  This area received its name due to the fact that person living at the site in the late 1800's reportedly kept a bear as a pet.  The locals all came to know the area as "Bear Grove."


Located 6 miles north of Melbourne, Iowa and 3 miles west of LaMoille, Iowa.
Map to Bear Grove


This wooded area has stands of bur oak, hickory, and other upland species.
Activities allowed include:


  • Hunting (State Hunting Rules and Regulations Apply)
  • Bird Watching and Wildlife Observation
  • Mushrooming

Operating Hours & Seasons

Forest Area Hours are 5:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Open year round.

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