Proving Grounds Recreation Area

Leaping Deere Pavillion

This 137 acre recreation area is located in North Dubuque. The unique beauty of the Driftless region of Iowa is very evident here with the limestone rock outcroppings, upland timber, restored prairies, wildlife, and panoramic scenery. In 2018, John Deere Dubuque Works donated the property to the Dubuque County Conservation Board. The name Proving Grounds was selected for this area because previously John Deere used the grounds to test and prove out the quality of their machines and products. Also, the name was selected because when it comes to outdoor recreation, people often are trying to challenge themselves, establish mental and physical goals, and ultimately prove it to themselves that they can do what they set out to do. Thus, this area offers hiking trails, picnic areas under the pavilion, frisbee golf and mountain bike/ multi use trails.

To reserve the Leaping Deer pavilion click here or call the Dubuque County Conservation Office at 563.556.6745. 


Located in North Dubuque off West John Deere Road. 

10616 W. John Deere Rd Dubuque, IA 52001