Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area

Whitewater Creek

Restored prairie

Bridging the lines between Dubuque, Jackson and Jones counties, Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area is one of the jewels in the Dubuque County Conservation Board system. This 419 acre area is open for public hunting during state designated hunting seasons. It is also a favorite with hikers, wildlife-watchers, and anglers dipping a line in Whitewater Creek. During periods of sufficient water, it is also floated by canoers and kayakers. Winter provides areas to snowshoe and cross-country ski. One of only three true canyons in the State of Iowa, the walls of Whitewater provide a lesson in the state's geology taking one back 450 million years to a time when what is now Iowa was under the sea. Rare plants and animals are also sheltered in the various natural communities found on the property. This area was purchased from Cliff and Jennie Waller through the cooperation of the state and federal agencies, a REAP grant, Habitat Stamp funds, and donations from private citizens/wildlife groups. An additional 140 acre tract from Dick and Arlene Henneberry was purchased by Jones County Conservation Board and is referred to as Lost Canyon. An expanded parking area and interpretive signage is planned for the site which will otherwise remain in a natural state. Motorized vehicles may only be taken down the lane to the parking area. Whitewater and Lost Canyon are accessible from Highway 151 and Curoe Road, approximately 5 miles northeast of Cascade. For additional information call 563.556.6745.

Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area
PHONE:  (563) 556-6745


From Dubuque, take hwy 151 South towards Cascade. Approximately 5 miles Northeast of Cascade take Curoe Road South and follow to access land on right side of road.
Google Map Location

Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area

29912 9th Avenue

Bernard, IA 52032 

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating hours are 6:30 am until 10:30 pm year-round.  Click HERE for hunting seasons.

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