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Bowstring Wildlife Area

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  1. Boating/Canoeing
  2. Fishing
  3. Hunting
  4. Trails
About the Wildlife Area
This 87-acre woodland area features forested hillsides that open into several fingers of restored prairies offering a view over the floodplain bottom bordering Lytle Creek. The ‘Bowstring’ comes from the unique design of the bridge which leads to the only property as the road stops. This bridge was built in 1878 and is one of three bowstring structures in the state of Iowa that is still standing at its original site.


The area is open to hunting with an abundance of wildlife species and maintained food plots. Hiking trails trace through the hillsides and up the prairie. This area is located on the southern end of Dubuque County off Creek Branch Lane near Zwingle, Iowa.

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Trails