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Ice Cave, Decorah

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Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve has one of the largest glacières in the Midwestern United States. It consists of a 3-acre parcel of land at the edge of Barbara Barnhart VanPeenen Memorial Park in the northern portion of the city of Decorah, in Winnesheik County, Iowa.

Ice caves are one characteristic of karst topography, along with sinkholes and cave systems, all of which are present in the area, a portion of the Driftless Area of Iowa.

The cave was given to Decorah in 1954, and remains the property of the city. It was declared a state geological state preserve in 1973. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978.
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  • The waterfall and ice cave are so interesting, we would love visiting the area in the summer. Will study my geology books because this place is outstanding!  more »
  • Ice is slippery. The ground is ice. It's neat to check out, but difficult to traverse. Would not recommend for over 50's or bad knees, etc. (you could go partway & atop so don't avoid if there are you...  more »
  • Very cool rock formation inside you can't go too far inside the cave but the temperature difference is amazing going in on a really hot day.  more »