Rowley Fen

Rowley Fen is a very unique natural wetland area. One of two fens managed by Buchanan County, this area is full of plants, wildlife, and birds for nature enthusiasts to enjoy. A fen is different from other wetlands because the ground water flows constantly to the surface directly out of the bedrock. This creates an alkaline water source that causes plant matter to take longer to decompose and results in mounds of peat forming on top of the water. The peat mounds have a springy, spongy feel to them that is a rare treat to walk on. If you visit this area make sure to wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet.


South of Independence on 150 and east on D47 two miles. Just northwest of the town of Rowley.        

2877 Lucas Ave., Rowley, IA 52329


- Hunting
- Nature Appreciation

View an aerial map of the boundaries of this property

Operating Hours & Seasons

Open year-round from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.

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